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'Homeland', 'Merlin', 'Primeval': Tube Talk Q&A

By and Daniel Sperling
Life is unpredictable. Who could have guessed that Hugh Laurie would be transformed into a US heartthrob, Jedward would become worldwide stars by singing about their 'Lipstick' or that Dean Gaffney would one day be in the running for a job at MI5?

Sometimes people just need some stability, especially when it comes to a good bit of TV - often the only thing that saves them from snapping under the pressure of this crazy, crazy world. And that's where we at Tube Talk come in with our Q&A. The answers you've been seeking on Homeland, Merlin and more are below...

Is there any hope of Primeval UK being revived in any format? The Canadian spinoff sounds good but we miss the UK team.
The cast of Primeval season 4

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Connor from Primeval

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We'll be honest - probably not. The two outlets most likely to back a Primeval UK revival are broadcasters ITV and Watch - the latter has its plate full with the aforementioned Canadian spinoff New World while the former is unlikely to revive the original show after neglecting the fifth series - which sank to 1.7 million in July for its last episode, the sci-fi drama's lowest terrestrial audience ever.

But if you're missing the UK team, then you can console yourself with the news that Connor (Andrew Lee Potts) resurfaces in New World and - from what we hear - plans are afoot to reintroduce more of the original show's characters if the spinoff proves to be a success.

Will there be a season three for Braquo?
Braquo

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In case you're unaware, Braquo is a crime drama that airs on Canal + in its native France, with FX currently holding the UK rights. The first two seasons have already aired over here and it's been confirmed that a third season - the show's last - will indeed follow...

FX UK - which is to rebrand as Fox in 2013 - is yet to confirm if it will air the final Braquo episodes, but given how proudly the channel's touted the series in the past, we'd be very surprised if they didn't...

The last Homeland was amazing! What is Abu Nazir going to do with Brody?
Homeland S02E08: 'I'll Fly Away'

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"They're gone! They're just gone!" screamed Carrie/Claire Danes at the end of the last UK episode of Homeland, which saw Brody (Damian Lewis) carted off in a helicopter to meet with his captor and converter, terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir, after working with the CIA. But the question lingering is where have they gone to, and what's the plan?

While we'd obviously never spoil in full how this sticky situation plays out, we will say this - hugs are exchanged rather than shots, but that doesn't mean Brody, and especially his loved ones, aren't still in danger over his betrayal.

Oh, and the big 'OMG' moment of this week's episode doesn't concern Brody anyway, as something shocking is discovered about one of Homeland's other core characters...

I am gutted that Merlin is ending! Is there really going to be a movie?
Merlin S05E09 - 'With All My Heart': King Arthur Pendragon (Bradley James), Merlin (COLIN MORGAN)

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Us too - and yep, rumour has it there'll be three movies! Plans for a Merlin film trilogy were first announced at this year's Comic Con in July and we've been hot on the case ever since...

Most recently Merlin co-creator Julian Murphy confirmed exclusively to DS that there is "definitely ongoing talk" about a potential film reboot - "Will it to some extent be a reboot? Yes, inevitably - any movie would be. [But] will it be with the same or different actors? It's miles too early to tell."

What's more, Shine and FremantleMedia Enterprises are in the early stages of developing potential Merlin spinoffs, set in the wider world established by the BBC drama - though they'll be doing so without Murphy and fellow Merlin creator Johnny Capps, who've left Shine to set up their own production company.

I've heard there's an adaptation of The Poison Tree coming. Know anything about that?
MyAnna Buring, Matthew Goode and Ophelia Lovibond in 'The Poison Tree'.

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You are spot on, young man or woman. Erin Kelly's thrilling novel about a brother and sister with a tragic family secret will indeed be coming to the small screen soon courtesy of ITV1.

Starring Matthew Goode and MyAnna Buring, The Poison Tree is currently scheduled to air on Monday, December 10 at 9pm. Digital Spy recently spoke to another of its stars, Ophelia Lovibond, who assured us that it's "a really fascinating story" and declared that she was "banging down doors" to get a part in it - bodes well, doesn't it?

Do you have any idea when Labyrinth will air on Channel Four?
BAFTA Awards 2012: Winners

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Tom Felton, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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We do... sort of. For those of you going "What the frick is Labyrinth?", well, you clearly didn't read books back in the mid noughties, because you'd certainly be aware of the brilliant Kate Mosse novel about two heroines from the Middle Ages and present-day France attempting to protect a 4,000-year-old secret.

It's been adapted to a TV miniseries starring John Hurt, Harry Potter's Tom Felton and Downton Abbey"s Jessica Brown-Findlay, which is brilliant, but Channel 4 hasn't scheduled it yet and can only give its air date as later in 2013.

However, if you're absolutely desperate to see it right now, you could always book yourself a ticket to Canada, check into a hotel and switch on your TV, because it's airing over there tomorrow (November 30). Personally the only Labyrinth we'd travel across the Earth to explore is the one with '80s era David Bowie in it.

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

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