Viewers can tune in at 9pm on Fox UK to watch the episode.
The new series will have just nine episodes – as creator Paul Scheuring has said the show will ‘tell a concise, closed-ended story’.
This marks a significant change from the 22-episode runs that fans have been used to.
What will happen in the new series?
Michael Scofield will be returning – eight years after being killed off in Prison Break: The Final Break.
It has been revealed that he has been working for a terrorist group – and the new season will be dealing with ISIS, taking place in Yemen.
After years of working with terrorists, Michael will be a changed man – and there will be a question in the air about whether or not he’s still a good person.
Meanwhile, Michael’s widow Sara Tancredi has moved on and remarried – and while it’s unclear whether he will reunite with her and their son, a trailer has shown that he was keeping tabs on them before being imprisoned.
Who is in the cast?
Wentworth Miller is returning as tattooed genius Michael Scofield, with Dominic Purcell back as his brother Lincoln Burrows.
Sarah Wayne Callies plays Sara Tancredi, Amaury Nolasco is Sucre, Rockmond Dunbar is on screen as Benjamin ‘C-Note’ Franklin and Paul Adelstein is Kellerman.
Robert Knepper is returning as Theodore ‘T-Bag’ Bagwell, and Mark Feuerstein joins the cast as Scott Ness, Sara’s new husband.
Inbar Lavi will be playing Sheba, Lincoln’s new love interest, and Rick Yune from The Fast and the Furious will be playing Ja, a ‘genius identity thief’.
Augustus Prew is on screen as a new character called Whip, Amin El Gamal will be Cyclops, Marina Benedict is the villainous A&W and Kunal Sharma is playing Sid, a prison inmate jailed for his sexuality.
|Wentworth Miller plays Michael Scofield (Picture: Sky)|
Prison Break rises from the dead, takes off running
The story goes that Fox originally didn’t want to green-light Prison Break because—paraphrasing here—what the hell do you do after the escape? It was, most would agree, diminishing returns after the dramatic season-one finish, in which brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows breathlessly (and finally!) escaped confinement. Subsequent seasons got sillier, with the guys on the run, then eventually, A-Team-like, working for The Man as secret agents, or something like that. Michael Rapaport was involved for what was supposed to be the final season, and he jumped into a dumb plot, dumber twists (the brothers’ long-lost mother was alive and working for the bad guys?), and a scrambled ending that aired as a standalone movie. (Sort of. It’s ridiculously convoluted.)
But one thing was for sure: Michael Scofield, the main character played by Wentworth Miller, was dead. Okay, so he died offscreen, dramatically using himself as an electrical conduit in order to break his wife, played by Sarah Wayne Callies of The Walking Dead, out of prison. (She also murdered his mom. Man, this show got dumb.) We saw her, along with Michael’s brother, visit his grave, and they also watched an “if you’re seeing this, it means I’m dead” video message that he left. It all felt pretty final, until the actors didn’t have a ton of success beyond Prison Break, at which point somebody had the bright idea that Michael didn’t die after all, and that ratings for his Lazarus-like rise might be good enough to make it possible. (Ratings are the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in them, though they were dead, yet shall their television program live.)
Season five, which will run just nine episodes, doesn’t waste any time in getting to the action, and certainly doesn’t bother raising the level of its own intelligence: Seven years after his supposed death, Michael, naturally, is alive, which we learn via former (and perhaps future) villain T-Bag Bagwell. This fact sets off a ridiculous chain of events that involves a robotic prosthetic arm, a platinum-blond assassin, a bunch of battles with ISIS fighters, and—naturally, inevitably—a prison break.
Michael is apparently playing a long game in Yemen, where he’s once again behind bars and once again covered with tattoos that will somehow guide his escape. When his long-simmering plan—which involves an ISIS leader, not making this up—goes slightly awry, he activates plan B, which is comfortingly convoluted, in keeping with the show’s history.
The first two episodes of this season are almost painfully silly, to the point of being subliterate—the fine line that Prison Break always walked. Many characters from the show’s history make themselves known quickly: Callies is remarried to a much less exciting man, and they’re raising Michael Jr. in upstate New York. Rockmond Dunbar’s badass is now a peaceful Muslim, which is helpful when the action moves to Yemen. And Michael’s old FBI nemesis is somehow involved. There’s comfort in their presence, along with that of Robert Knepper, who plays the morally slippery T-Bag, owner of the aforementioned prosthetic. (His robot arm is quickly covered with a glove, presumably to save on the special-effects budget.)
Subsequent episodes find a better balance between absurdly over the top and standard action—either that or the first two just had an inuring effect. Dominic Purcell, as Lincoln Burrows, plays Big Dumb Brother to its fantastic hilt, curling up with rage when his brother seems to not recognize him, then later leading a brutish charge to save him from certain death. Certain death knocks at the door nearly every episode of Prison Break.
More than a new installment of Prison Break, this season feels a bit like Homeland For Dummies, with the political intrigue and intelligence-community backstabbing brought down to a grade-school level. It turns out that some kind of black-ops guy is behind Michael’s imprisonment, and a cat-and-mouse game is surely afoot for the next five episodes. This truncated season will almost certainly serve Prison Break well: Stretching things to 20-plus episodes didn’t fly even in the seasons that didn’t suffer from under-writing and over-insanity. (There are still some entertainingly MacGyver-like moments, with Michael’s Rube Goldberg-like plans put into motion.)
But despite ingredients that probably sound hackneyed and unoriginal, Prison Break eventually does find a little spark in season five. There’s something undeniably exciting about the idea of escaping from confinement, the more complex and dangerous the task the better. Everything else that happens is sort of incidental: It’s easy to gloss over when things get really really dumb, but fun to engage when the show is pumping adrenaline. This season feels just overstuffed enough to be entertaining. Make no mistake, it’s nothing more than entertaining, and sometimes it’s less, but there’s something to be said for its mindless fun. For now, anyway; let’s hope it doesn’t get a big head and go for too many more seasons. If they bring Michael Rapaport’s character back—last we saw him he was essentially brain-dead, in an assisted-living facility—it may finally be time to lock up Prison Break for good.
Created by: Paul Scheuring
Starring: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies
Debuts: Tuesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox
Format: Hourlong drama
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When does Prison Break season 5 start? UK release date, TV channel and all you need to know about the characters and plot of the new series
Just when you thought the Burrows brothers would never see each other again, along comes Prison Break: Resurrection .
The show has gone back to its original recipe for its fifth season, by reuniting the duo and sticking them back behind bars.
That means - spoiler alert - Michael played by Wentworth Miller , is alive and has been since the last season ended despite what fans were shown.
Fans had questioned in the past whether the show would pull a Dallas and pretend Michael's death was fake, but Fox TV boss Dana Walden dismissed the rumours at the time.
He said: "I would describe it as a bit of a sequel. It picks up with the characters several years after we left them in the show.
"There will be a logical and believable explanation to why the characters are alive and still moving around the world."
Which is good news, if you're not a fan of shower dream sequences or holodeck fake-outs.
Here's what we've got to look forward to.
Prison Break season 5 air date
The show launches in the US on Tuesday April 4th, and premieres in the UK just six days later, on Monday April 10th .
What channel is it on?
You can catch the show weekly on Fox UK - which is available on Sky (channel 124), and Virgin (channel 157).
Fox UK is also available through NOW TV.
What time does it start?
Make sure to set your clocks for 9pm - you won't want to miss this!
What's it about?
The nine-part series is set seven years after the last.
As clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive, Lincoln and Sara reunite to engineer the biggest escape ever.
Three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, Sucre, T-Bag and C-Note, are pulled back into the action.
But with Michael behind bars in the infamous Ogygia Prison in Yemen, the danger is just as real outside the prison walls as it is inside.
Who is in the cast?
Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller)
After faking his death several years ago, Michael finds himself in a Yemeni prison, trapped inside a cell while the country implodes around him.
But with a new identity and questionable alliances to a known terrorist, is Michael the same man his family and friends knew before?
Or is there a deeper conspiracy?
Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell)
Upon discovering that his brother Michael is still alive and imprisoned in Yemen, Lincoln has one mission: to break him out and learn why he faked his own death.
That mission becomes infinitely more complicated when he discovers Michael has ties to a terrorist organization.
Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies)
Former lover, wife and ally of Michael, Sara Tancredi has moved on since his presumed death.
But when Michael’s brother Lincoln comes to visit she is dragged back into the dangerous underworld she thought she had left behind.
Other cast members include:
Paul Kellerman (Paul Adelstein): Sara is reunited with former nemesis-turned-ally Paul Kellerman, now a State Department employee.
What she learns from him about Michael further complicates whether Kellerman will be an ally going forward.
C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar): C-Note agrees to help Lincoln extract Michael from a Yemeni prison despite the grave risks that travelling to that country entails.
T-Bag (Robert Knepper): The long-time nemesis of both Michael and Lincoln, T-Bag finds himself back in their orbit when a mysterious envelope addressed to him reveals that Michael is still alive.
How much can former rivals trust a man who has never shown them a shred of loyalty before?
Sucre (Amaury Nolasco): When news surfaces that Michael is still alive, his former cellmate Sucre has no choice but to help out his old friends in securing Michael’s freedom.
Whip (Augustus Prew): Michael’s cellmate in the Yemeni prison, Whip is as eager to escape as Michael is.
But Michael proves to be difficult to trust, and Whip is forced to question whether his cellmate is on his side or is just using him to implement a more dangerous terrorist escape.
Jacob Ness (Mark Feuerstein): Sara’s new husband, Jacob, had little knowledge of what Sara and Michael’s life was like before he came along.
Will Michael’s sudden resurfacing put his wife and son in dire circumstances?
How to watch Prison Break season 1, 2, 3 and 4
If you want to revisit some of your favourite episodes before the new series starts, Netflix has got your back - all four series of the show are available to stream on Netflix UK right now.
Is the new series coming to Netflix?
It's unlikely the show will come to Netflix straight away - it definitely won't while it's still airing on TV - but as soon as we know, you'll know.