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The Americans returns for Season 4 this April on SoHo | @Foxtel

ProgrammingKevin Perry

The fourth season of the acclaimed us drama The Americans will premiere in Australia will return to Foxtel next month.

The series starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich as Agent Stan Beeman aired in the US on March 16th. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear. Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige, Philip and Elizabeth must keep her best interests at heart while ensuring that their cover identities, and thus their lives, remain protected.

Their previous missions have already placed Philip and Elizabeth in great jeopardy. Martha, a valued secretary at the FBI whom Philip married while undercover, has been an invaluable source of intel. However, when her cover is nearly blown, Philip must make increasingly difficult decisions to ensure her safety and allegiance.

The Jennings’ neighbour, FBI Agent Stan Beeman, could also prove to be a renewed threat. His KGB lover/asset Nina, having failed to turn him against the U.S., was sent back to Moscow to face an unsure fate. With Nina gone, Stan has made an effort to become closer with his family, and has formed a bond with the Jennings’ 12-year-old son Henry. He has also cultivated his relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov, behind the back of Oleg’s boss, Director of the KGB Rezidentura Arkady Ivanovich. Stan’s newfound dedication to wiping out Directorate S has also led him to become suspicious of Martha’s uncharacteristic behavior. As he begins to investigate what’s been in front of him all this time, he might finally get closer to uncovering the "illegals" – Philip and Elizabeth – that have eluded him for so long.

THE AMERICANS, SEASON 4, EPISODE 1 & 2, premiering exclusively on Foxtel's SoHo channel, Wednesdays from April 13 at 8.30pm.