Homeland season three confirmed

US cable network Showtime will make a third run of the drama starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis - and Channel 4 will show it in the UK

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Political thriller Homeland will return for a third season, US network Showtime has confirmed.  

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The espionage drama, which stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, has been a critical and ratings hit in the US and the UK since it began airing in America last year.

Channel 4, currently showing season two in this country, has previously confirmed it holds the rights to a third run of Homeland, should it be commissioned.

Although no firm dates for the series three have yet been announced, it is expected to air in the US next autumn. UK viewers currently get Homeland six days after US audiences, so an autumn air date also seems likely over here.

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Homeland follows former US Marine Nicholas Brody (Lewis), a repatriated al-Qaeda hostage, and bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Danes), who believes Brody has been “turned” by the enemy.