Homeland: Obama"s favourite TV drama coming to the UK

Coming here, Obama's favourite TV drama Homeland

President Obama likes it so much he has ordered several box sets for the White House, while the Clintons and most of the U.S. administration are also said to be huge fans.

But the TV series Homeland cannot be easy viewing for them because it questions U.S. policy in the Middle East.

It is the latest offering from the team that made 24, but unlike that show, which had a gung-ho attitude towards torture and Muslims and Russians were almost invariably the baddies, its protagonist is a U.S. marine who is suspected of being an Al Qaeda agent.

In Homeland former band of Brothers actor Damien Lewis plays a U.S. marine accused of being a spy for Al Qaeda

In Homeland former band of Brothers actor Damien Lewis plays a U.S. marine accused of being a spy for Al Qaeda

The part is played by Old Etonian Damian Lewis, grandson of a former Lord Mayor of London.

Another key role – that of the director of the CIA – has gone to another British actor, David Harewood, who has portrayed Nelson Mandela on TV and Martin Luther King on stage.

He was awarded the MBE for services to drama in last month's New year's Honours.

Originally based on an Israeli show called Hatufim, Homeland is now being cited as the best U.S. drama since The Wire and recently picked up two Golden Globes – including an award for best television drama – with Lewis being nominated for a third.