Arts and Entertainment Stephen Fry has been cast as the British Prime Minister in the second series of 24

The actor and comedian will star alongside Jack Bauer in the second series

Packing a punch: Chloë Sevigny in 'Hit and Miss'

Hard acts to follow: ballsy TV heroines keep on coming

Chloë Sevigny is the latest actress to square up to a masculine role

Yemen underwear bomber was 'Saudi double agent'

A bomber from the al-Qa'ida affiliate in Yemen sent to blow up a US-bound airliner last month was actually a double agent who infiltrated the group and volunteered for the suicide mission, US media reported yesterday.

Damian Lewis as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland

Forget Sgt Brody, now it's time for Uri and Nimrod

Homeland may have won plenty of plaudits but the Israeli original is even better, says Gerard Gilbert

Human drama: 'Prisoners of War' reflects Israeli society

Prisoners of War: The Israeli inspiration for Homeland

Homeland won plaudits but the Israeli original is even better

Al-Qa'ida leader Fahd al-Quso killed by drone strike in Yemen

An airstrike carried out by a CIA drone killed a top al-Qa'ida leader yesterday.

In the line of Duty: a scene from 'Homeland'

Why are US dramas better than ours?

The human factor in Homeland makes it much more thrilling than homegrown offerings, says Gerard Gilbert

In the line of Duty: a scene from 'Homeland'

Why do British TV dramas fail to match the imports?

It's the human factor in Homeland that makes it thrilling

Yemen air strikes kill 15 suspected militants

Yemen's air force killed at least 15 al-Qa'ida-linked fighters in the south including some of their leaders, a government source said today, while the UN refugee agency warned of a new wave of internally displaced people.

The Weekend's Viewing: Homeland, Sun, Channel 4
Melvyn Bragg on Class & Culture, Fri, BBC2

The experience of watching Homeland is turning out to be a curious mirror of the drama's own plot.

Hunky Dory (15) / This Means War (12A) (3/5, 1/5)

Starring: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Darren Evans, Robert Pugh / Starring: Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine

Colonel jailed for selling missile secrets to CIA

A Russian military officer was jailed for 13 years yesterday after he was convicted of treason for passing missile secrets to the CIA.

Mossadeq embodied Iran's 'martyrdom complex': A protest outside the British Embassy in Tehran, 2011

Patriot of Persia, By Christopher de Bellaigue

As international tension over Tehran's nuclear ambitions continues to grow, it is more important than ever to examine Iran's national history and find clues to this complex and perplexing country. Christopher de Bellaigue's superbly timed biography of Iran's former prime minister, Mohammed Mossadeq, helps us to do so. A Persian scholar who has lived in Iran for more than a decade, he has combed through archive material to add to the existing literature about Mossadeq and his defining act - the nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shrugs off the controversy as he arrives in Venezuela

Caught in the crossfire: US 'spy' facing death in Iran as relations worsen

As a 'CIA agent' is sentenced, Patrick Cockburn deciphers a dangerous diplomatic game

Iran sentences ex-US marine Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death

An American has been sentenced to death by an Iranian court which convicted him of being a CIA spy, adding to the growing tension between the countries.

Hezbollah exposes 'undercover CIA officers' on Lebanese TV

The militant group Hezbollah has revealed the identities of CIA officers working undercover in Lebanon, a blow to agency operations in the region and the latest salvo in an escalating spy war.

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