Channel 4 confirms it will screen Homeland series two

Political thriller will stay on terrestrial TV - and the show's creators have dropped hints about what's coming next

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Channel 4 will screen series two of US drama Homeland, the broadcaster has confirmed.

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As the credits rolled on the season finale, watched by an average audience of nearly 2.8 million viewers, it was announced that the next series will be shown on Channel 4, although an air date is yet to be confirmed.  

US cable channel Showtime will premiere season two on 30 September – but UK viewers will almost certainly have to wait a bit longer to see answers to the questions raised
by the tense season one finale.

On Sunday, 2.8 million viewers tuned in to find out if ex-marine Brody (Damian Lewis) had the resolve to kill himself and Vice President Walden, and whether CIA agent Carrie (Claire Danes) could win the race against time to stop him. 

The nerve-jangling conclusion captured an 11.5 per cent audience share between 9pm and 10.45pm, the biggest of the series and half a million viewers up on the opening episode, which aired on 19 February.

So what might happen in series two?

The show’s executive producer Alex Gansa has dropped a few hints about what viewers can expect when Homeland returns, including the identity of Brody’s latest adversary – his once best friend and former lover of his wife, Mike Faber.

“Mike is going to be a big factor,” Gansa told TVLine. “Since he’s in military intelligence he is going to get hold of the commission report on the assassination attempt against the vice president and there’s going to be a bunch of stuff in there that doesn’t make sense to him.”

Gansa also spoke of what’s next for Carrie: “There’s a tremendous sense out there in the audience of wanting Carrie to know that she was right, that she’s not crazy and is really good at what she does, and that’s the moment we’re going to be building towards. Whether it’s going to happen in season two, I can’t tell you.”

To remind viewers of the unresolved mysteries from the first season, Showtime has released a teaser for the second chapter. Although featuring no new footage, it does pose a string of “burning questions” to set the stage for the next instalment, promising that all answers will be provided when the series re-starts…

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