Carrie's back, plus Carey Mulligan, Keith Richards and the return of everyone's favourite zombie dramaMore
Funny show, Homeland. Not funny 'ha-ha', obviously – unless you count Claire Danes' snotty-tear-face – but funny in the way it rebelled against the typical TV show quality trajectory by going from very good (seasons 1 and 2) to very bad (season 3), to suddenly rather quite good again (season 4).
Who knows what will happen next, but the early signs for season 5 – which starts this Sunday and will be on 4OD catch up thereafter – are good, as Carrie, now working for a private security firm in Berlin, takes on ISIS with real life subjects like the Charlie Hebdo shooting and Edward Snowden woven into the storyline.
Could Homeland one again reflect real world global tensions and hold a mirror up to society's fears and prejudices? Maybe. Or maybe it will just be the most entertaining show on TV again for a few weeks, and we'll happily take that, too.
Homeland will air on 11 October, Channel 4
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Press, Meryl Streep and Anne-Marie Duff head up a superb cast in screenwriter Abi Morgan's (The Iron Lady, Shame) retelling of the women's civil right movement. Centred around ficitional laundry worker Maud Watts (Mulligan) the story also follows real life feminist heroes Emily Pankhurst (Streep) and Emily Wilding Davison (Press), the woman who famously threw herself under George V’s horse at the 1913 Derby.
"Forthright, heartfelt, red-blooded," is how the Guardian described it. In an age when feminism is still fighting its many battles online, this is a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the grassroots struggle that led the movement's important early victories.
Suffragette is out on 12 October