’24’ to jump forward four years

The next season of 24 will take place four years after the events of the previous season.

The New York Post reports that series regular Chloe O’Brien will now have a four-year-old son at the beginning of Day Seven of 24, to be screened in January 2009. The character was only in the early stages of pregnancy during Day Six.

A spokesman from producer Fox said: “We’ve always built in significant passages of time between seasons of 24 for dramatic purposes. Luckily, like all great iconic characters, Jack Bauer is ageless.”

The forthcoming seventh season of 24 has been delayed by one year due to the writers’ strike in America.