Mars actor Philip Glenister in Top Gear driving seat
Actor Philip Glenister, famed for his role as a politically-incorrect detective in Life On Mars, has become the new favourite to replace ousted Jeremy Clarkson as the new presenter of Top Gear.
Best known for playing rough-and-ready DCI Gene Hunt, Gleniste, a vocal car enthusiast, has replaced Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins as most likely to take on the role, according to bookies.
Odds have been slashed from 10-1 to 2-1 after a newspaper reported that the BBC is considering hiring the actor-turned-presenter. The BBC declined to comment.
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "All of a sudden Glenister is the hottest name.
"Punters seem convinced something is afoot."