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'Doctor Who', 'Falling Skies', 'Happy Endings': Tube Talk Q&A

By and Daniel Sperling
To quote the great Maroon 5, it's so hard to keep you satisfied - every week, the readers of the Tube Talk Q&A unleash a barrage of new TV-related queries and questions, but - as ever - we're gonna do our damnedest to answer them all...

Today, there's scoop on sci-fi favourites Doctor Who and Falling Skies, plus UK air dates for the likes of The White Queen, Starlings, Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 - read on!

Will Starlings be back on Sky1 soon?
Starlings - Brendan Coyle as Terry, Lesley Sharp as Jan

© Justin Downing/Sky 1 HD



Very soon - next month, in fact. Yes, Sky1's cosy comedy-drama - co-written by Peep Show's Super Hans, Matt King, would you believe - returns to our screens in July with eight new episodes.

There are new cast additions for series two, including Sherlock's Una Stubbs, plus Cherie Lunghi and Vincent Regan, but all's not well for the Starling clan, who appear to be in danger of falling apart as the relationship between Jan (Lesley Sharp) and Terry (Brendan Coyle) is tested to its limits...

When is Falling Skies back in the UK please?
Noah Wyle in 'Falling Skies'

© TNT



Since you asked so nicely, we'll share - Noah Wyle's sci-fi smash is back on the UK's FOX channel from Tuesday, July 16 at 9pm. In case you like to keep track of these things, that's less than a month after US broadcast. Good stuff, right?

Season three opens with the episode 'On Thin Ice' and you can expect to see a familiar telly face in the new episodes - House's Wilson, actor Robert Sean Leonard, who'll appear in five episodes as a genius scientist...

Is it true Matt Smith's Doctor Who replacement has already been cast? Rumour has it that it's Ben Daniels...
The Doctor (Matt Smith) in Doctor Who: 'The Bells of St John'

© BBC

The Doctor in The Bells of St John

Ben Daniels

© Rex Features / ITV

Ben Daniels



While the Daniels rumour is entirely unsubstantiated at this point, the team responsible for casting the 12th Doctor - that's Steven Moffat, new Who exec producer Brian Minchin, BBC head of television Danny Cohen and BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson - will certainly have to get a move on...

Doc 12 is expected to make his first appearance at the end of this year's Christmas special, which'll start shooting in the coming months, so the Beeb and the Who team up in Wales will need to have Smith's successor in place fairly soon-ish.

Until then, let's enjoy a little rampant speculation. Will it be Being Human's Damian Molony? Merlin's Alexander Vlahos? Harry Potter's Rupert bleedin' Grint? Who knows...

When will The White Queen be on TV?
The White Queen: Elizabeth Woodville (REBECCA FERGUSON)

© BBC / Company Pictures/Ed Miller



If, like us, you love a good soapy historical drama then you'll be pleased to know that The White Queen, a BBC adaptation of Philippa Gregory's best-selling novels, will be bringing the bloodshed and treachery of the War of the Roses to your modern TV set any day now.

BBC One confirmed on Twitter yesterday (June 5) that the battle for the throne will begin on Sunday, June 16 at 9pm. We're preparing by sorting a soft area for when we swoon over Max Irons (Edward IV) and double-checking that the Rebecca Ferguson who plays the White Queen Elizabeth Woodville is not, in fact, the warbly X Factor graduate.

I'm so sad that Happy Endings has been axed! When are we getting the final season?
Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Happy Endings


Oh, don't! We've only just got over the news that Happy Endings is... ending. The tale of the criminally under-loved sitcom came to a predictably tragic close in May when American broadcaster ABC axed it after three seasons and an apparent deal with USA to save it fell apart.

But at least we get another 23 glorious episodes of Jane, Alex, Dave, Max, Brad and Penny on E4 before Happy Endings disappears for good. The first of these, in which Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) attempt to keep their relationship "cazsh" and Penny (Casey Wilson) lands in a full body cast, will air Tuesday, June 18 at 10pm.

And that's not E4's only comedy swansong of the week - the rather excellent Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, which was pulled from US airwaves in January with eight unaired episodes, will be back Thursday, June 20 at 9pm. James Van Der Brilliant!

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