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The show's developer and co-creator Gideon Raff on what inspired the hit Channel 4 series and their latest project – Tyrant

The last time we saw Homeland's Nicholas Brody he was being ferreted by his lover, Carrie Mathison, into a foreign land where not even the American intelligence agencies' finest minds could find him. Canada.

Back home, the CIA's headquarters in Langley had been devastated by a car bomb, with more than 200 dead. Brody, the kidnapped Us marine who returned home a national hero only to cut short his political career by murdering the vice president, was the No 1 suspect. Again.

The third season of Homeland, which will return to Channel 4 in the autumn, feels like a watershed moment for the breakout global hit.

The first series met with almost universal critical acclaim but the second, with its extravagant twists and turns, put a strain on viewers' ability to suspend their disbelief, »

- John Plunkett

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