Game of Thrones: The Exhibition Returns For 2015

Ever fancied standing on top of The Wall above Castle Black? If so, it’s time to dust off your Night’s Watch cloak and get ready: Westeros is coming. And it’s free!

HBO
HBO

HBO has announced that Game of Thrones: The Exhibition (#GOTExhibit) will be back for 2015 with even more fun stuff for fans to enjoy.

Right now, it’s been confirmed that the 2015 touring exhibition tour will stop off at seven cities — London, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris — but more cities may be added at a later date. Presented by HBO and its international partners, Game of Thrones: The Exhibition will feature all-new installations focusing on key places, characters and relationships from Season 4 of the worldwide hit.

New for 2015: fans can pledge their allegiance to their favourite Game of Thrones family by joining a House before entering the exhibition and having their photo taken on the Iron Throne.

Organisers promise an unprecedented, immersive Game of Thrones experience courtesy of the “Ascend the Wall” 4D Oculus Rift virtual reality experience. Back by popular demand this Night’s Watch experience allows fans to ascend the 700ft Wall by stepping into a physical recreation of the Castle Black winch elevator while wearing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a pair of headphones. From that moment on, they’ll find themselves inside a virtual version of the elevator — one that looks, sounds and feels extremely real.

Let’s hope there aren’t any White Walkers waiting for them at the top.

In addition, a new integrated web-based companion and photo stations will provide exciting new ways for fans to interact within the exhibition, placing them inside some of Game of Thrones’ most shocking and talked-about moments.

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition will also display original artefacts used on set from Seasons 1-4 plus some never-before-seen pieces from Season 5, which premieres in April 2015. Created by artisans whose extraordinary craftsmanship has lent authenticity to the show since its inception, the collection includes costumes, model dragons, House banners, armour, weapons and costumes.

Excited much? The 2015 tour kicks off at the O2 in London on 9-12 and 15-17 February. Tickets are up for grabs on 26 January from Sky: www.sky.com/gameofthrones.

For further dates and details on the exhibition, visit the official website: www.GOTExhibit.com

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Game Of Thrones 4: The ‘Secrets’ Trailer Is Amazeballs

HBO
HBO

It’s only a matter of days until Game of Thrones Series/Season 4 hits our screens and to whet fans’ appetites HBO has been releasing a steady stream of trailers.

This latest, third, trailer focuses on the women: Sansa hell-bent on revenge for the slaughter of her family; Cersei still seeking to make her loved ones safe (at the expense of making lots of other people considerably less safe); Daenerys continuing to dish out justice The Targaryen Way.

Oh, and there’s also Jon Snow. And Samwell Tarly. And Giantsbane. And dragons. Big dragons. My, haven’t they grown? Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the US on HBO, Sunday 6 April at 9pm ET

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the UK on Sky Atlantic, Monday 7 April at 9pm

Game of Thrones 4: HBO Unveils New Trailer

“veni, vidi, vici” — Winter, to Ned Stark

HBO
HBO

Cold winds are rising, so it must be time for the new Game of Thrones Series/Season 4 trailer. And it looks good (obvs). Thank you HBO!

Dragons, Wildlings, ginger beards, John Snow’s curls vs. Jamie Lannister’s new ‘do, it’s a jam-packed 93 seconds of Game of Thrones action fit to whet anyone’s whistle.

Though after last season the thought of another GoT wedding is enough to set anyone’s nerves a-jangling.

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the UK on Monday 7 April, 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones 4 premieres in the US on Sunday 6 April, 9pm ET on HBO

The Tunnel: Why You Should Be Watching It

Put down the knitting needles, step away from the herring and get your style on: The Tunnel is here. And it’s good.

Sky Atlantic HD/Canal+
Sky Atlantic HD/Canal+

Scandinavian dramas have been big TV news for the last few years, with our screens packed with legions of sour-faced people hunting murderers under perpetually cloudy skies. So news that Sky and Canal+ were developing a new drama based on (sorry, “inspired by”) Scandi import The Bridge did not exactly lift the mood at TVClaw.

However, the results of this new cultural entente cordiale are, well, impressive to say the least. Why should you be watching this thriller?

First of all, it’s an Anglo-French re-imagining, not a straight re-make, of The Bridge. So, while The Tunnel shares the same bleak windswept landscapes as its northern forebears (the unlovely industrial estates surrounding both ends of the Channel Tunnel have never looked so forlorn), it has a distinctly French sense of style and a British sense of humour. Think Les Revenants meets Being Human.

French detective Elise Wassermann may have a dour expression and quite the collection of woolly jumpers, but she also has a nifty car. Her English counterpart Karl Roebuck has a limp, but there’s no secret anguish behind it. The father of five is just recovering from a vasectomy.

The Tunnel benefits from great scripts from an Anglo-French writing team headed up by Ben Richards (Spooks, Outcasts, Party Animals), which are delivered by a killer cast.

In a casting coup fit to spark a combustion of genre fans everywhere, the two lead detectives are played by Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter) and Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones). While the age difference will undoubtedly jar if the pair decide to get it on further down the road, for now they’re a good fit, with Stannis as the more sensitive, flexible cop with a small smile always playing around his lips to Fleur’s tightly wound, hard-line, bad-ass cop.

They’re joined by the always good Joseph Mawle (who co-starred with him in Game of Thrones and her in Birdsong), Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs), Liz Smith (The Royle Family), Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons), Tobi Bakare (Silent Witness), Jeanne Balibar (Va Savoir), Thibault de Montalembert (La Sentinelle) and Angel Coulby (Merlin).

Elise is a driven female lead who may be hiding something. Very much in the mould of Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison, Elise is the kind of woman who’ll work all night and then strip off at her desk for some deodorant and a clean woolly jumper. And, being a French police station, natch, her colleagues don’t bat an eyelid. Bof!

A far cry from Ally McBeal not wrecking her make-up in the office bathroom by pretending to splash water on her face.

Now, Karl’s house. It is rather très chic, non? As is his working wardrobe. Now, while there are doubtless tons of stylish coppers working hard in Kent, and yes, presumably house prices may be more reasonable close to the Chunnel, his interior design choices did seem somewhat contrived.

Thank goodness for the presence of his younger wife who just happens to be a successful interior designer. Phew.

The drama continues on The Tunnel, Wednesdays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD.

Game of Thrones 3 New Trailer: Dragons, Darkness, Daenerys

For Game of Thrones fans winter can’t come soon enough. So here’s a new trailer to relish until Series/Season 3 starts.

It has dragons, darkness and Daenerys. Enjoy!

Game of Thrones Season 3 premieres Sunday March 31st on HBO in the US

Game of Thrones Series 3 premieres Monday 1 April on Sky Atlantic in the UK