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Hit series Homeland commisioned for third series

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The award-winning US TV show Homeland has been commissioned for a third series thanks to Showtime.

With filming expected to being next spring, the show was a hit from its first series in 2011 and has found continued success. British actor Damian Lewis plays US Marine Sergeant Brody who, after returning to America after years of torture, is perceived to have been turned into a terrorist. The show follows Claire Danes’ character Carrie Matheson work on proving Sergeant Brody’s double identity.

Danes and Lewis won two of the show’s six Emmys for their respective roles but since coming to the UK, the show has received some criticism for a lack of realism and the portrayal of the city of Beirut.

On gaining a third series Showtime boss David Nevins said that Homeland "continues to grow and the word-of-mouth effect is starting to happen."

Twelve new episodes will be filmed but it is yet unclear if the story of Brody’s potential terrorism will continue. With ratings constantly growing, the third series is likely to be as a big a hit as its predecessors.

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