BBC detective series Bergerac could make a comeback more than 20 years after it was axed.

TV bosses are in the process of developing a possible new series featuring the Jersey-based investigator, although it has not yet been commissioned.

The original BBC One series starred John Nettles for a decade until it ended in 1991. He later went on to take the lead role in ITV’s Midsomer Murders, although he has since left.

TV industry magazine Broadcast said any new series would be aimed at a younger audience, but would also hope to attract seasoned fans.

In the series Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac served in a fictional department which dealt with non-Jersey residents.

No script has been produced at this stage.

Robert Banks Stewart, who created the drama, told the magazine: “The team involved has full artistic freedom to recreate Bergerac the way they see it in the 21st century, though obviously the unique atmosphere of Jersey, and the island’s involvement, will count for a lot.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “It is in a very early stage of development.”