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'Doctor Who', 'Homeland', 'Big Bang Theory': Tube Talk Q&A

By and Daniel Sperling
Oh come on people, you know the drill by now. You sent us questions about your favourite TV shows, we answer them - it's that simple.

This week Tube Talk has for you a few winks about the next seasons of Homeland and Doctor Who, analysis of how Friday Night Lights is doing over here, and teasers of some very special episodes of The Big Bang Theory.

Additional reporting by Jamie Wotton

Is Breaking Bad ever going to continue in the UK?
Breaking Bad S04E12 - Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

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As we reported a while back, no UK broadcaster seems to be interested in the superb Breaking Bad - a travesty! The third season can be watched right now on Netflix, however, and will soon be available to buy on DVD. Still, we understand your frustration at the new episodes not airing on TV over here, and so does Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan...

Gilligan told Tube Talk: "It's always a disappointment when I hear that we have a lot of fans in places that don't regularly receive our show. I'm always asking, 'When can the folks in the UK and Europe get the show?' because I hear all the time from people who have downloaded it or had fans send them DVDs from the States....

"I keep thinking to myself, 'Man, I want this [show] to air over there so that people can catch up'." So there you have it, gang, Vince is in your corner!

When is Doctor Who back? All I can find is 'autumn'...
Doctor Who behind the scenes in Manhattan

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UK TV schedules are a tricky and fluid thing, often shifted about at the last minute, so it's a little early to be announcing when Who will be back on our screens, apart from the vague 'autumn' tag that's been bandied about...

However, it's just been announced that the first episode of series seven - that's the one with all the Daleks, in case you haven't been paying attention - will premiere at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival this August...

The event takes place between August 23 and 25, so we'd expect the episode to debut on BBC One some Saturday around that date - possibly August 25 itself or September 1.

I miss Homeland already! Any teasers about season two?
Homeland S01E11: 'The Vest'

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Homeland S01E12: The Finale

© Channel 4


Only a few. Homeland's creative team are obviously keeping their cards close to their chests given the immense popularity of their series. But they have given us some precious nuggets about what's coming, such as explaining the role Carrie will play next season now that she's been booted from the CIA.

Digital Spy was also recently able to snatch a few teasing statements from Damian Lewis (Sergeant Brody) about Homeland's second season, which you can watch here. And there's bound to be plenty more titbits before it returns to Showtime in the US on September 30 and Channel 4 sometime after.

I love Friday Night Lights - any word how it's doing on Sky Atlantic?
Friday Night Lights, (NBC)

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To say that Friday Night Lights has been the subject of mixed fortunes would be putting it *very* mildly! The excellent US sports drama has been on a bit of a ratings rollercoaster since it kicked off on Sky Atlantic on February 14. Taking the last few weeks into account, the April 10 instalment garnered 18,700 viewers, but the following week's episode plummeted to just 2,600 - yikes!

The first season's tenth episode saw a rise to 14,800, while Tuesday's (May 8) episode twelve saw a mammoth rise to 46,300 - a larger figure than the latest Mad Men (38K) managed. Sky Atlantic currently only has the rights to air the first two seasons of FNL - with such mixed numbers, we'd be VERY surprised if they opted to extend their contract...

Is tonight's (May 10) episode of The Big Bang Theory the one with Stephen Hawking?
Stephen Hawking, Big Bang Theory

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No, that's next week's episode, appropriately titled 'The Hawking Excitation'. It involves Wolowitz landing a job with Stephen Hawking and putting Sheldon through hell in order to win some valuable face time with his hero, such as forcing him to parade around in a saucy French maid's outfit.

But don't fret because tonight's episode on E4 has a nerd-tacular guest star as well - none other than Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy. He appears as Sheldon's conscience and talks through a Spock action figure. It's just as incredible as it sounds.

When does the UK get Chuck Season 5?
Chuck

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Chuck Bartowski from Chuck

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Um... possibly never. The elusive fifth and final season of Chuck concluded in the US back in February, but it's yet to see the light of day in the UK - in fact there's quite a bit of confusion as to who even has the rights.

Sky Living don't own Chuck anymore, saying back in September that although the show "has been a great asset to the channel, we need to focus our resources elsewhere". When approached more recently, they confirmed that they haven't changed their minds and snapped it up again. Fans have also been looking hopefully to Channel 5, but they only have the rights up until season three. Our advice? Invest in a multi-region DVD player and snap up the season five boxset from America. Unfortunately that could be your best bet.

What is happening with Cult, the new show starring Matt Davis (Vampire Diaries)?
The Vampire Diaries S02E15: Alaric

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Simeon from Stargate Universe

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It's not looking good for the Cult pilot - which also stars Robert Knepper (Prison Break) and Alona Tal (Supernatural) - but if we're honest, that might not necessarily be a bad thing...

Digital Spy has had a look at the script and, while there are glimmers of an interesting show, the pilot never quite figures itself out. It's about a TV show called Cult and, in the show, Cult itself has a cult audience. And they may be related to an actual cult. Confused?

The show commentates on cult audiences, passion and fandoms, but it's the fact it's entwined with an actual cult mystery that makes its message murky. This is the type of show that could quickly straighten things out, and launch into a large multiple-season spanning mystery, or it could just be downright confused for the rest of its life.

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

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