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The Return Of Homeland – Is This One Season Too Many For The Perplexing TV Drama?

When it debuted in 2011, labyrinthine terrorism drama Homeland had a plot that gripped like flypaper. Starring Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison, series one focused around her investigation into whether Gulf war hero Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) – who’s recently been released after being incarcerated in Afghanistan for eight years – had been turned by al-Qaeda. Subsequent series have varied wildly in quality, with some episodes offering tense high-octane excitement, and others being utter bobbins. What should we expect of series five?

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Clear Your Diaries – The Best Of The Jack Rocks Gigs Happening In The Next Month

This autumn’s run of Jack Rocks gigs is already underway, but don’t worry about missing out – there are still plenty left to sink your gigging teeth into – as well as content to check out online. Celebrating the UK’s small venues with a series of intimate shows across the country, they include a special showcase at this weekend’s Hackney Wonderland festival, which boasts a hefty line-up of Toy, Carl Barat And The Jackals, Tom Vek and Bo Ningen.

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Taylor Swift: Backstage With The World's Biggest Pop Star At Her '1989' Tour – Exclusive Pictures

NME went to meet this week's cover star, Taylor Swift, backstage at the fourth of her unprecedented five sold-out nights at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The US star is currently midway through her '1989' World Tour, which takes in some 85 dates over the course of seven months. But what does she get up to backstage at these huge stadiums? Find out below...

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Mercury Prize 2015: The 12 Albums NME Staff Want To See Shortlisted

Few things spark arguments in UK music quite like the Mercury Prize list. Only one album can win obviously. That's fine. But how the hell did they not include Frigfinger’s seminal 12-hour dirgefest ‘Watch The Drone’? Why have they completely overlooked Swim Deep again? How come Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ isn’t included, despite coming out in 2013?

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