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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

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The flash

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’

GRANT GUSTIN

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

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