Monday, 8.30pm, Ten The third season of the addictive Homeland, based on the Israeli program Prisoners of War (which returns to SBS One on Wednesday) opens with no sign of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). He’s the US marine sniper who returned home after being held hostage by al-Qa’ida for eight years. Now he’s on the run after the attack that destroyed the US intelligence apparatus in the last episode. The authorities suspect Brody, who has been acting suspiciously since he returned from Afghanistan, is the perpetrator. Was he turned while in captivity? Certainly CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) has her doubts. Where will the plot go from here? All over the shop apparently. A congressional committee seeks to apportion blame for the terror attack on Brody and Mathison’s mental problems flare up again. Brody has fled, leaving his family confused and ostracised by the community. Were the writers stretched for ideas or did they have too many? An Iranian spy, Majid Juvadi (Shaun Toub) — known as ‘‘ the magician’’ for his skill at making people disappear — is dropped into the story without enough explanation. But US President Barack Obama loves the show and, even if Lewis doesn’t appear until episode three, it’s well worth watching.