LIFE On Mars star Philip Glenister confirmed tonight for the first time that he is set to return in sequel Ashes To Ashes.
Appearing as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, he was asked if it was true that the Gene Genie would appear again in the new project, set in the 1980s.
“Yes…possibly,” replied a cagey Glenister, being interviewed in the studio on his 44th birthday.
“I don’t want to talk about it too much because I don’t want to detract from this series.
“But there is talk that DCI Gene Hunt might return Miami Vice style.”
He was also asked if Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes might then be followed by yet more projects named after a certain performer’s song titles.
“We’re going to go through Bowie’s entire catalogue, so hopefully I should have quite a long career in drama,” he joked.
You can listen to the programme online – at least for the next seven days – via the Loose Ends homepage here.
Full details of the Life On Mars sequel have yet to be released but there is speculation that the action may switch from Manchester to London.
Monday Feb 12 update: Appearing on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio Five Live Show, Philip said: “It’s such a fun character to play as an actor – they write so well for Gene that, if there’s some mileage to be had and if people want a bit more of him, I’ll happily do it.”
Life On Mars: Back In The Nick Of Time
Click here for lots more on Life On Mars.
Update: More Ashes To Ashes Blogs