DVD: Homeland - Season One

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The paranoid thriller goes full tilt in this awards magnet starring Claire Danes as a bipolar CIA agent tracking a returning Iraq war hero (Damian Lewis) who may or may not be an al-Qa'ida convert.

From the fragmented, jazz-inflected credits onwards, it's compellingly tricky viewing, the intricate plotting matched by the complex neuroses of its lead duo. Be warned, you'll want to binge; though rest assured, a new series starts in October.