Second outing for SHIELD agents

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Friday, October 24, Channel 4, 8pm)

What’s It All About? The popular comic book adaptation returns for an eagerly awaited second series.

The last run finished with a thoroughly explosive cliffhanger, and now Agent Phil Coulson needs to set about rebuilding SHIELD. He’s going to have his work cut out, however, as he and his agents are now wanted fugitives.

They’re also hampered by their lack of resources - but they’re not going to let that stand in their way as they continue their endeavour to protect the world from unseen and unknown threats.

Unfortunately, though, it seems that some of their biggest opposition might be coming from within their own ranks, as Hydra is on a recruitment drive, and nobody has any idea who to trust.

Look Out For: Sci-fi and fantasy fans’ favourite Lucy Lawless, who turns up here playing the head of a bunch of mercenaries working undercover for SHIELD in a bid to ensnare Browning. However, it’s not long before they encounter sinister new threat Carl ‘Crusher’ Creel, better known as the Absorbing Man.

Lucy describes her character: “Well, she’s a badass girl. You don’t want to mess with her.”