‘Homeland’ season three to begin on Channel 4 a week after US premiere

Claire Danes' Carrie and Damian Lewis's Brody will return to UK screens on October 6

Channel 4 has announced the return date of its popular US drama import Homeland.

In the US, season three gets underway this Sunday (September 29) on premium cable network Showtime. Channel 4 will start showing the new season exactly one week later on October 6. Watch a trailer below.

Homeland will air at 9pm placing the show in direct competition with ITV’s Downton Abbey, which returned this Sunday (September 22) to its best ever series launch ratings.

Showtime has recently released a plot synopsis for Homeland‘s new season, which reads: “Season three opens during the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that decimated the US intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist – Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

“As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.”

Since debuting in 2011, Homeland has been a hit with TV critics as well as viewers. The show lost out on the ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ prize at the Emmy Awards this Sunday (September 22) to Breaking Bad but Danes took home the trophy for ‘Actress In A Drama Series’.