Missing Brody? Don't worry – a new Homeland is on its way
Homeland fans enthralled by tonight's finale won't have to wait long for more excitement – the show's producers are already plotting a "sequel", which will question the West's response to the Arab Spring.
The success of the award-winning drama's twist-packed story about a US marine who is "turned" after being seized by Islamic extremists has prompted broadcasters to seek fresh angles on the "war on terror".
The series was adapted from the Israeli drama Prisoners of War and now Howard Gordon, who developed the US show, and Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli original, are collaborating on a follow-up, which has prompted a bidding war from US channels before a scene has even been shot.
Tyrant, set in the Middle East, is about an American family who are tossed into the tumultuous political life of an Arab state following the demise of its dictator.
The "reverse Homeland" storyline, sketched out by Craig Wright, writer on the hit show Lost, imagines a situation in which the executed leader has an American son, who becomes the new head of the country.
FX, the News Corp-owned channel, beat HBO and Showtime, producers of Homeland, to win the right to commission a pilot episode, which is then expected to become a series. Given the success of Homeland on Channel 4, the series is unlikely to be short of interest from British networks.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Transformers 4 named highest-grossing movie of 2014 ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'