Hunt or be hunted. Those are the words emblazoned on the brand new artwork for the new season of The Walking Dead, which is set to return later this year. The fifth season will comprise of sixteen episodes, once again shown in two parts, and will pick up shortly after last year’s cliffhanger which saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors trapped in a train car. AMC also announced a spinoff series is in the works, which would look at events following the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world.
Syfy has ordered a six part mini series of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, adapted by Matthew Graham (Life on Mars). Childhood’s End tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth which results in the gradual loss of human identity. David Howe, Syfy President, said of the project, “the powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless”.
Check out the trailer for Sky1’s newest series The Last Ship starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) and Rhona Mitra (Strike Back). Created by Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) and Steven Kane (The Closer), and based on the novel by William Brinkley, it follows the crew of a US navy ship in the aftermath of a deadly outbreak that has decimated the rest of the world.
Netflix has announced that its original series Hemlock Grove will return for a third and final season. Showrunner Charles Eglee said of the renewal, “We are delighted that our fans have invited us back to explore the fiendish recesses of the human condition for another season. Knowing it will be our last gives us the opportunity to go out in a mushroom cloud of clever and soul shattering mayhem. See you soon on the twisted streets of Hemlock Grove”.
Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford) have been cast in ITV’s upcoming WWII drama, Home Fires. The six-part series tells the story of a group of “inspirational women” in a Cheshire village as the war sees them separated from their husbands, brothers and sons and they are forced to band together in order to survive. It has been written by Simon Block (Lewis) and also stars Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs), Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty) and Claire Rushbrook (My Mad Fat Diary).
There’s lots of great TV returning to our screens in the next few weeks, so get these dates in your diary:
- Sleepy Hollow will return to the Universal Channel for its second season, from 9pm on Wednesday 15th This season sees the addition of Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Matt Barr (Hatfields & McCoys) to the cast.
- The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals will premiere its second season from 10pm on Tuesday 14th October on Syfy UK.
- HBO drama The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof (Lost) will have its UK premiere on Sky Atlantic from 9pm on Tuesday 16th.
- Bad Education will return to BBC Three from 10pm on Tuesday 16th September, for its third season.
- Jack Thorne’s (The Fades) new E4 series Glue will premiere at 10pm on Monday 15th.