After four years off screen, the Emmy award-winning series 24 is to return in May – and primarily shot in London.

Filming is set to start on 24: Live Another Day in February, again starring Kiefer Sutherland, and will be filmed in London for the first time, screening on Sky1HD from May.

Kiefer said: “24 has always had such a global sensibility. But to be able to tell this intense 24-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there… On the edge of your seat.”

Breaking away from the 24-hour template, Keifer returns as Jack Bauer for just 12 episodes, while many old faces will be joining Jack – Mary Lynn Rajskub returns as Chloe, William Devane stars as James Heller and Kim Raver will play Audrey Raines.

Adam MacDonald, Sky1HD director, said: “I’m delighted that Jack and the team at 24 are returning exclusively to Sky1HD”.

The first season of 24 will be available from Sky’s On Demand service from February, with the box set of seasons 1-8 available from March.