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Will Mellor teases Two Pints reboot – claiming sitcom 'was bigger than Gavin & Stacey' and deserves same treatment

WILL Mellor has issued a rallying cry for a Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps reunion – arguing the series was "bigger" than BBC favourite Gavin and Stacey.

Despite bagging a new role in Coronation Street as an evil drug lord, the Manchester actor is intent on bringing back the comedy sitcom.

Will, 44, played Gaz Wilkinson for the entirety of Two Pints' nine series, which spanned from 2001 to 2011.

He has sent fans in a tizz teasing an upcoming instalment, and told the Radio Times: "We need to do a reunion. Ralf Little’s also up for it – I know his character got eaten by a shark, but we’d just say he was running away from a loan shark and has been hiding in Spain!

"I’d love to do it. I can’t force the hand of other cast members or the BBC to make it.

"They haven’t come knocking at my door. But I don’t know why, as it seems like a perfect fit."

In a perhaps somewhat controversial comment, he added of the BBC: "They brought back Gavin & Stacey.

"And, in my opinion, Two Pints was a bigger show."

Meanwhile, the dad of two would have to juggle any potential reboot with his gritty new role as Corrie's drugs lord, Harvey.

The Bredbury-born star shunned a return to rival soap, Hollyoaks, by taking on the acting challenge.

Will previously played Jambo Bolton in the Channel 4 show yet ruled out a sensational comeback to the programme that made him famous last year.

Instead, his new ITV character will get gritty and hardcore in Coronation Street's Weatherfield as his drug ring becomes entangled with Leanne Battersby's son, Simon.

Jane Danson's character finds herself forced into his world of drugs and despair while still struggling with the passing of her youngest son Oliver, whom she shared with Steve McDonald, from the incurable mitochondrial disease.

On his new role, Will said: "I’m honoured to be asked to come into Coronation Street, it’s such an iconic show and has been a huge part of my family life.

"When I started acting 32 years ago it was my mum’s dream for me to be in Corrie so I’m happy to finally be able to make it come true.

"It’s a Manchester institution and as a Manchester actor this is definitely a box ticked."

Revealing how Harvey presents a new career challenge, he added: "Harvey is the first out-and-out baddie I’ve ever played.

"It’s a very different type of role for me so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the character and making some waves."

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