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Emmerdale star Dean Andrews played the cantankerous DI Raymond Milton in Life On Mars and spin-off series Ashes To Ashes. He has since gone on to play ITV soap favourite Will Taylor since 2019. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about his latest programme, Our Great Yorkshire Life, Dean addressed rumours that Life On Mars will soon be making a comeback.

The popular series told the story of detective Sam Tyler (played by John Simm), who finds himself transported back to 1973 following a car accident.

He gets to know the very different attitudes and personalities of a police force in the 70s, including Milton.

After two successful series, it was reported in 2020 that a third instalment would be produced, but details have been kept under wraps since.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dean explained: “I’ve kind of heard roughly that [rumours of a new series].”

He added: “Probably heard from better people, or people more in the know.

“It seems to be something that is still ongoing.

“And you know, if I was a betting man, I might put a couple of quid on it.”

After Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes ran from 2008 to 2010.

Many of the cast reprised their roles, except for John. Instead, Keeley Hawes took on the role of protagonist DI Alex Drake.

Philip Glenister, who portrayed DCI Gene Hunt in the series, spoke to Mail Online in 2020 about a possible new series.

He commented: “I would be interested in returning to the show. I think the question is, would the powers that be too nervous to bring that character back on to mainstream television?

“Anything anybody says now – if someone disagrees or has a difference of opinion – then people are up in arms and it’s like you have committed some sort of crime.”

His colleague Dean seems to be more confident that another series is in the works, though.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning in 2020, Dean explained: “‘There’s a very, very good chance of that [a new series] happening.”

He added: “The writers, Matt Graham and Ashley Pharoah, are in the process of writing four or five episodes, and getting everybody back together who wants to come back.”

In the meantime, the Emmerdale actor recently narrated the new Channel 5 series Our Great Yorkshire Life.

The show celebrated the lives of passionate Yorkshire people across England’s biggest county.

Each episode featured a blend of heart-warming characters from all corners of Yorkshire.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dean explained his love for his home county as well as the “fascinating” new show.

The 58-year-old  remarked: “I just think it’s interesting to see places that you don’t always get to see.

“And the people who have got everyday lives, but most of what they’re doing is quite special.”

The actor continued: “Sometimes it’s been going on for generations or you know, they’re keeping traditions alive.

“I love that kind of thing. I love to see the walks, I love to see the interesting places along the walks.

“I just think it’s fascinating.”

Life on Mars is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, while Our Great Yorkshire Life can be watched on My5.

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