Ian McShane wants to bring back 'Lovejoy' - with a "gorgeous blonde" replacing him in the lead role.

Ian McShane

Ian McShane

The 76-year-old actor portrayed the titular antiques dealer in the BBC1 series from 1986 to 1994 and he thinks the time is right to reboot the show, but suggested it would work better with a young female as the focal point of the drama.

He said: "Everybody keeps asking me about my thing in Lovejoy and I said if you are going to do Lovejoy, then hire a daughter.

"It would be a perfect. It is a great part for a young actress in England. You bring it back, talk about Lovejoy and then in walks this gorgeous blonde and that is the new Lovejoy."

But Ian has ruled himself out of appearing in any revival.

He said: "But you know you cannot go back again 25 years. As much as you like to, it is not the same."

Instead, the actor can next be seen in the upcoming 'Deadwood' movie and revealed his alter ego, saloon owner Al Swearengen has changed since the HBO series ended in 2006 after three seasons.

Speaking to promote the film in the US, he said: "Al is not exactly what he used to be. I mean you can't drink that much and not be."

But he was still delighted to return to the story.

He added: "When I was on the road, it would be on and I would watch, and I'd finish up, smiling to myself, 'it's a really good show'.

"It was a great show, a terrific show. No bones about it. We did three years. A lot of shows don't get that."

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