Lester returns for fifth 'Hustle'
Lester was absent from the show's fourth run, with his character Mickey "Bricks" Stone heading to Sydney to execute an ambitious long con: selling the Sydney Opera House.
Robert Glenister and Robert Vaughn will reprise their roles as grifters Ash "Three Socks" Morgan and Albert Stroller. Marc Warren (Danny Blue) and Jaime Murray (Stacie Monroe) will not be back for series five.
Speaking about his Hustle return, Lester said: "It's great to finally get back into Mickey's shoes after a very busy couple of years both here and in the US.
"Tony (Jordan, the show's creator) and I have been discussing all sorts of stories and ideas for the next series and he has written some brilliant scripts with some classic twists - I'm already practising my pick pocketing!"
Jordan added: "Whilst Mickey has been away working the ultimate long con in Oz, his crew have all gone their separate ways. So, now he's back in blighty, Mickey's intent on getting back to business because as long as there is someone who wants something for nothing, Mickey will be there, happy to take a great deal of money off their hands for nothing in return."
Series five of Hustle will begin filming in London this summer and air on BBC One in 2009.