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Simpsons episode to get UK debut

The Simpsons
The new episode sees Homer try to fulfil his grandfather's dream

A new episode of The Simpsons is to premiere in the UK for the first time in the show's 20 year history.

American audiences usually see new shows on the Fox network about one week before viewers on this side of the Atlantic.

But that's all set to change when 'In The Name Of The Grandfather' - a St Patrick's Day special - goes out on Sky 1 on 17 March.

The episode sees the family travel to Ireland as Homer tries to fulfil Grandpa's dream of returning to the Emerald Isle.

However, things take a turn for the unexpected when Homer and his dad, Abe, end up buying a pub.

In keeping with the Irish theme, the characters also end up paying a visit to Dublin's famous Guinness brewery.

US audiences will have to wait until 22 March to see the characters' foreign adventure.

The award winning animated show, which began in 1989, is America's longest running sitcom, and has broadcast over 400 episodes.



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