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Mars actor Philip Glenister in Top Gear driving seat

By Emma Clark

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."

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