The eighth and final season of Dexter begins tonight on UK satellite channel Fox.

Former Six Feet Under star Michael C Hall reprises the role of TV’s most likeable serial killer, blood splatter analyst Dexter Morgan, as the US drama starts its final run.

Last season was one of the show’s most dramatic, and the repercussions take a heavy toll on Dexter’s sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), whose life seems to be spiralling out of control.

And Dexter also faces the challenges presented by the latest character to turn up at Miami Metro. Dr Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), a neuro-psychiatrist whose expertise is in psychopaths.

"It's very rare that in the eighth season you can introduce a major piece of the puzzle of a character, and Dr Vogel brings the last remaining piece of the puzzle of Dexter," executive producer Sara Colleton told

Dexter season eight begins tonight (July 7) at 9pm on Fox.