The scores of Homeland fans who were left aghast at the nail-biting conclusion to series one finally had their appetites satiated last night as the Emmy Award-winning TV show returned to British shores. Season two episode one – titled The Smile – premiered on Channel 4 at 9:00pm in a controversial clash with ITV1’s popular period drama, Downton Abbey. But the talk of Twitter was undoubtedly Homeland, and the reviews were largely positive.
Matt Everitt put in some diligent preparation for last night’s opening episode:
But Olympic gold medal winner Jessica Ennis couldn’t contain hers:
And Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville committed the ultimate faux pas by pledging his allegiance to his show’s archrival.
We imagine he received a slap on the wrist from ITV bosses this morning! Poor old Eamonn Holmes shouldered the mammoth task of a season one summary for his wife and co-presenter, Ruth Langsford:
While Ant McPartlin teased that Gary Barlow’s X Factor strop may have arisen from a scheduling clash:
And Gabby Logan detailed the hit show’s alcoholic equivalent (as you do…):
British actor David Harewood – who plays Carrie’s CIA boss David Estes – was on hand to advise viewers back home:
Before shooing them off to bed…
Actress and songstress Bette Middler relayed her fried nerves:
But not all celebrity tweeters were impressed, with TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon informing his 1.4 million followers…
Meanwhile over in Sara Cox’s camp, she and Davina McCall were discussing who would make a worse spy:
Back in the land of lesser-notoriety, tweeters were professing their own opinons on last night’s premiere.
Laura Abrar declared her delight at a successful transition into season two:
While Phil Welsby commended the Homeland creators for surmounting the tough challenge of picking up where series one left off…
Lorraine Longmore tweeted the importance of Claire Danes’s portrayal of mental illness:
While Anthony Wilbourne gave the show the highest praise he deemed possible – although it was sadly pipped to the post by Hovis and Steve Jobs.
But despite a wave of positivity following C4’s broadcast, the reviews were not unanimously positive. Fans of the show’s initial run took to Twitter to share their disappointment, with Sarah Cat Nisbet tentatively announcing her reservations:
Guy Isherwood commended Claire Danes’s performance, but suggested the show’s bosses should have ended on a high…
And @scarletmagpie6 was on hand to pick holes in the plot, a query voiced by a number of viewers.
And speaking of dodgy research, it appears that a few geographical lessons for Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon wouldn’t go amiss:
If you didn’t enjoy the series opener, why not jazz up next week’s episode with Jacqueline Toboni’s drinking game?
And finally, moving on to Carrie and Brody. The Twittersphere expressed its confusion over the latter’s leading man good looks:
While Kate Marzillier confirmed an emerging pattern in Brody’s covert activities:
But the final mention should go to Carrie’s euphoric grin that rounded off her character’s return to action. Diane Shipley announced:
And Brittany Shelton offered “The Smile” her top accolade of favourite TV moment of the year:
Who needs Emmys when you’ve got that, eh?