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Scandal, Utopia, Wentworth Prison: Tube Talk Q&A

By and Daniel Sperling
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but nuts to that - we want our favourite shows back on the telly box, and we want them back now!

Happily then, this week's Tube Talk Q&A is stuffed to the gills with tasty telly teasers, scoop and all the latest UK air dates for your US favourites.

Utopia series 2 air date? First series was best original TV in ages.

Rose Leslie at the Battersea Power Station Annual Party

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Rose Leslie at the Battersea Power Station Party


"It's very much under wraps," protested Utopia series two (and Game of Thrones) star Rose Leslie when we quizzed her about an air date at the Battersea Power Station first annual party last night. So, because we didn't want to get expelled from a fancy shindig by interrogating a well-known actress, we're gonna have to stick with that loose mid-2014 date Channel 4 gave us a while ago.

Rose did throw us a few juicy Utopia bones, though, promising that the new series "will be darker" than last time, and that we won't have "really seen anything like [it] on British TV before". Expect a bit of a time-travelling narrative as well, as Rose told us: "There is a flashback in the first episode of season two and I happen to be involved in that flashback." Ooh, Rose, you tease!

Any idea why the new season of The Middle has disappeared from Comedy Central, and when it's coming back? Cheers dudes!

Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn in The Middle

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Both our boy Steve Knight and Ric_91 were enquiring about the fate of the Heck clan a couple of weeks back, and we finally have a concrete answers for you guys!

A quick refresher - Comedy Central UK aired 12 new episodes of The Middle before putting the show on hiatus and airing repeats on Tuesdays at 9pm instead.

Goodness knows why, but we're assured that the second half of season 5 - comprising another 12 new episodes - will air in the summer.

I see there's a trailer out for season four of Falling Skies - when are we getting it in the UK?

'Falling Skies' season 4 trailer screen-grab.

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FOX UK has confirmed that Noah Wyle will be back on our screens "looking beardy and sexy" - their words, not ours - from Tuesday, July 15. Season four of Falling Skies gets its US premiere on Sunday, June 22, so we'll be a little under three weeks behind our Yank cousins, which ain't all that bad.

The new season brings a new showrunner - David Eick, the former exec producer of Battlestar Galactica - plus new aliens, the return of Cochise (Doug Jones) and the Volm and a violent assault that force the 2nd Mass to scatter. Exciting!

Cannot believe More4 have dropped Scandal - any chance either Amazon or Netflix will bring the third series to the UK?

Olivia and Harrison in Scandal

Yes, when the news broke that Scandal will no longer air on More4, UK Gladiators were all of a flutter - would the third season end up online? Would another channel pick it up?

Turns out another channel already had - it wasn't so much a case of 'dropped by More4' as 'pinched by Sky' for Kerry Washington's sexy, soapy drama, which will air new episodes on Sky Living this summer.

Oh, and if you're a Scandal rookie, then you can catch up on the first two seasons right now via On Demand with Sky or NOW TV - so what are you waiting for?

When will new seasons of Wentworth Prison be on Channel 5?

Wentworth Prison

© Channel 5


It's not long now until visiting time at Wentworth Prison. The Prisoner Cell Block H reboot will return for its second series in late summer/autumn, Channel 5 told us in between crossing 'T's and dotting 'I's on their £450m Viacom deal.

Season two picks up with Bea (Danielle Cormack) being let out of the slot to discover that there's a new top dog, and at some point we'll be reintroduced to iconic Cell Block H character Joan 'The Freak' Ferguson, the sadistic, lesbian prison officer that used to get our nan all riled up. Sounds brilliant!

Do you have any questions for the Tube Talk Q&A? Post them in the comments below!

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