24 Aug '11, 9pm

It ain't easy being king

REALLY, it was Game Of Thrones that turned me from a Muggle into an entry-level geek. That's because in spite of bearing the love-it-or-hate-it label of "fantasy", it's really about politics and human nature. And who can resist a good power struggle, especially when it involves a lot of blood, sweat and sex? Based on the hugely popular A Song Of Ice And Fire series by fantasy writer George R R Martin, which is in turn based on historical events like the Wars Of The Roses, the HBO drama has been described in such punchy terms as "The Sopranos in Valhalla" and "The Wire meets Middle Earth". The Full Monty's Mark Addy plays King Robert, but with a title like Game Of Thrones, you know he will have problems keeping his seat. And like in any good drama, enemies reside within and without. Robert's brother-in-law is white knight Ser Jaime Lannister, played by Danish actor Nikolaj ...

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