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Cold Feet ratings hot up
Helen Baxendale and James Nesbitt in Cold Feet
Rachel (Helen Baxendale) and Adam (James Nesbitt) in Sunday's show
More than nine million viewers tuned in to see the penultimate episode of ITV1 favourite Cold Feet on Sunday in which Helen Baxendale's character, Rachel, was killed off.

An average of 9.4 million viewers watched Sunday's episode of the comedy-drama to find out which person would die.

Producers had revealed that one of the main characters was going to be killed, but did not reveal who and filmed four different endings.

The last-ever episode will be screened next Sunday, ending five series that have turned its stars into household names.

Its stars including Baxendale, James Nesbitt and John Thomson have become some of the popular faces on UK screens.

Cold Feet started in 1997, and has followed the ups and downs of three 30-something couples.

Sad scene

The final episode is expected to see the return of Jenny, played by Fay Ripley, for Rachel's funeral.

Baxendale's character was seen dying in hospital after her car was hit by a lorry, and the actress said she kept crying when filming her death scene.

"It was particularly sad when I first read the script, but I think once you got into it, it was less sad," she told GMTV.

Rachel had just had a baby with her husband, Adam, played by James Nesbitt.

Nesbitt has gone on to find success on the big screen in Bloody Sunday and Lucky Break, while Thomson, who plays Peter, is now appearing in Celebrity Fame Academy for Comic Relief.

Ratings success

Baxendale has featured in a string of small-scale films while the other stars have continued to feature in TV dramas.

Sunday's episode was on ITV1, at 2100 GMT, while at the same time BBC One drama Clocking Off drew 4.3 million viewers, while SAS Jungle: Are You Tough Enough? on BBC Two was watched by 2.9 million.

The Real Cliff Richard on Channel Four attracted 2.8 million viewers.

Cold Feet rounded off a good night for ITV1 after Coronation Street was watched by 13.3 million and Heartbeat attracted 10.2 million.


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