Reports today suggest that Robert Sheehan's character Darren is set to make a return in the fourth series of Dublin crime drama Love/Hate when it airs on RTÉ later this year.

In the concluding episode of the last series, Darren was seen by nearly a million viewers being gunned down in broad daylight on a Dublin side street by Lizzie (Caoilfhionn Dunne), in revenge for her murdered brother.

However, a report in today's Herald newspaper claims that Sheehan will make a return as Darren in the new season of the hugely-popular drama after the actor was photographed filming scenes in Clontarf, north Dublin.

A spokesperson for RTÉ said, "We are not commenting on the photos of Robbie Sheehan. We don’t want to ruin any storylines for loyal Love/Hate fans."

There was an outcry among fans of the show when Darren was left lying in a pool of blood at the end of the final episode of series three last December but it was never made clear if the pretty boy in Nidge's gang was dead or not.