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The Flash is back for more superhero action, Derren Brown prepares for Sacrifice, and it’s time to bid farewell to Sheldon and the gang in The Big Bang Theory
Thursday, sky One HD, 8pm
AFTER CECILE GAVE birth to a baby daughter in the season-four finale of The Flash, it seemed that the big event was making everybody broody – not least speedster Barry Allen and his wife, Iris.
However, barely had Barry and Iris agreed to have children one day, than the couple got their wish – though not in quite the way they had imagined.
In the final moments of the series finale, we met mystery speedster Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), who revealed herself to be Barry and Iris’ adult daughter from the future.
‘Obviously it’s an interesting dynamic,’ says Grant Gustin, who plays Barry, aka The Flash. ‘It’s a bomb that has been dropped on them. Nora is basically Barry and Iris’ peer, so it feels weird.’
Before revealing her true identity, Nora had helped Barry to save Central City from the scheming
‘Barry’s worried that Nora’s time travelling could affect the family’
supervillain Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, and prevented the STAR Labs satellite from crashing to Earth.
IN THE GENES
As the show returns to Sky One this week, Barry and Iris are trying to come to terms with meeting their daughter, who is a speedster just like her father.
‘I think Barry wants to teach Nora how to hone her powers, because it becomes clear that she doesn’t necessarily have a hold on them in the way Barry does,’ explains Gustin.
More than anything, Barry wants to find a way to send Nora back to the future before her time travelling causes any harm by disrupting the timeline.
‘Iris is mostly excited that they have this seemingly amazing kid. She wants to get to know her and connect with her before they send her back home,’ says Gustin.
‘But Barry is worried because he has had so much of his life dictated to and robbed from him by his powers and time travel. It’s why his mother was murdered and it’s why his dad was in prison, and he’s really worried that Nora’s time travelling could affect the future of the family.
‘He wants to help her get back to her time, while also trying to figure out what time anomalies have been created by her being here, and whether they need to fix any of them before they send her back.’
FRIENDS AND FOES
Season five will also see
The Flash and his team going up against supervillain Cicada (played by Wilfred actor Chris Klein), who promises to be their toughest foe yet.
‘Cicada has the ability to dampen other meta-human powers, and nobody knows how he’s able to do that,’ reveals Gustin.
‘He’s got an edge that no other big bad has ever had on The Flash. We don’t know who he is, but he can render pretty much all of these meta-human superheroes useless, more or less, in battle – so right away there’s an intimidation factor that goes through the roof.’
Father and daughter, speedsters Barry and Nora
Danielle Nicolet as new mum Cecile
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora