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'Doctor Who', 'Game of Thrones', 'Homeland': Tube Talk Q&A

By and Daniel Sperling
Hello again lovely Tube Talk-ers. We're back with more solutions to your TV problems in our weekly Q&A, which this time sheds light on the next Doctor Who, the whereabouts of True Blood and the long-awaited return of Game of Thrones. Read on for all that and more...

When is Games of Thrones back on Sky?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister

© HBO



Well, if we're talking season three, then you've still got quite a wait in front of you - the latest episodes of HBO's hit fantasy drama are still shooting across the globe and we likely won't get to see them on Sky Atlantic until early 2013.

But to make that wait just a little more bearable, Sky1 will be repeating Game of Thrones from the very beginning - catch classic season one episodes from this Monday (September 10) at 10pm, if you have the heart to see (*spoiler*) get his (*spoiler*) chopped off again!

Doctor Who was fantastic on Saturday. Any spoilers for the rest of the series?
Doctor Who S07E02: 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' - Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Brian Williams (Mark Williams)

© BBC



Because we're nice, we've already unleashed ten tantalising teasers about this week's instalment 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' - but here's a few more juicy tidbits for you...

The Chris Chibnall-penned space epic features an appearance (in voice only) from comic duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb - the Peep Show stars bring a pair of bickering robots (yes, really) to life. Oh, and keep your eye on temporary TARDIS traveller Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele) - she's certainly got her eye on an unsuspecting Time Lord!

Will season one of Homeland be repeated on Channel 4 anytime before season two starts for people like me who are too cheap to buy the DVD?
Homeland Season 2 promotional still

© Showtime

Homeland Season 2 promotional still

© Showtime



We admire your honesty, Mr Cheapskate. But we can confirm that you won't be needing to crack open your wallet anytime soon, because Homeland season one will indeed be repeated in full on More4 later this month, with specific dates and times being announced next week.

Once you're done reliving Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody's (Damian Lewis) uncomfortable affair, admiring Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) beautiful beard and shouting "Jesus Christ, Virgil" at the TV all over again, it actually won't be that long until season two, which is scheduled to premiere on Channel 4 in October following its US debut on September 30. Remember to tune in and make sure Homeland's a hit again!

Any news on when Channel 4 will show series four of True Blood?
True Blood Season 5 Character Posters: Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)

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True Blood Season 5 Character Posters: Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård)

© HBO



I'm afraid they won't be. True Blood has actually made a sneaky move to Sky Atlantic, who now own the second run rights following a deal with the show's US broadcaster HBO. As another Tube Talk reader noted in the comments of last week's Q&A, season four aired on the channel earlier this year.

As for said True Blood fan's query about exactly who will be airing season five, we can confirm that yes, Sky Atlantic are set to show the latest goings-on at Bon Temps after everything wraps on FX. Sky don't have an air date worked out yet, but FX recently announced that season five will be back September 17 - bloody brilliant, right?

I've noticed that The X Factor USA is missing from the ITV2 schedules. Any news on when they'll be showing it? I need my Britney fix!
'X Factor' USA judges iconic image: (L-R) Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, LA Reid

© Fox / Nino Munoz


Whoa, whoa, whoa, where's the love for Simon, LA and Demi? Nah, we kid - we understand that X Factor USA season two is all about Britney (bitch). And the good news is it shouldn't be too long until we get to see it.

We reached out to ITV for some official confirmation of an air date, but unfortunately we didn't hear back from them. For the first time in history though, it appears a telecoms company has managed to solve all our problems, because TalkTalk, UK sponsors of both our homegrown version and the American one, have said in a press release that X Factor USA will premiere on September 20.

Happily, this ties in with ongoing speculation that X Factor USA will indeed hit Britain this month and the assumption that ITV2 will again air the show relatively soon after the US, where it begins September 12. We'll bring you more news as it comes, Britney fans!

I was pleased to hear that Perception is going to air on Watch but when does it start?
Eric McCormack

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TNT's Perception - which stars Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack as the brilliant but slightly frazzled Dr Daniel Pierce - has indeed been picked up by UKTV's Watch - an acquisition confirmed at the recent Edinburgh TV Festival.

Mark this date in your calendars - Wednesday, October 3 at 9pm is when the show kicks off over here. Oh, and Perception has already been renewed for a second season over in the US, so there's no chance of it getting dropped like Watch's last big-hitter Alcatraz.

Did I read somewhere that David Tennant is going to host a quiz show or have I dreamt it up?!
David Tennant at the ‘Fright Night’ UK premiere held at London’s O2 Arena

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Channel 4 logo at Channel 4 Headquarters

© Rex Features



Nope, believe it or not, the idea of Tennant presenting a comedy panel show wasn't just conjured by your fevered imagination - Comedy World Cup will see the former Doctor Who star attempt to 'referee' teams of comedians as they compete against each other in a knock-out competition.

Comedy talent confirmed to appear alongside the Scot include Alan Carr, Andy Parsons, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Jason Manford, Omid Djalili, Johnny Vegas and Micky Flanagan. Quite a line-up, eh? And you haven't got long to wait to see how Tennant measures up as a TV host - the series launches on Channel 4 on Saturday, September 15 at 8pm.

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

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