What sort of TV programmes do you imagine the intelligentsia settling down to watch of an evening? Only Connect, Newsnight and maybe the occasional Horizon documentary for light relief, perhaps?
Well it turns out you’d be wrong, as Booker prize-winning literary heavyweight Salman Rushdie has revealed an unexpected weakness for brash fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, calling the show “very addictive”.
During an interview with Israeli news site Haaretz in which he damned The Wire as “just a police series” and claimed that 19 out of every 20 TV programmes were poor, the author revealed his fondness for the Sean Bean-fronted show, saying: “There was a series called ‘Game of Thrones’ which was very popular here in the United States, a post-Tolkien kind of thing.
“It was garbage, yet very addictive garbage – because there’s lots of violence, all the women take their clothes off all the time, and it’s kind of fun.”
The 64-year-old writer justified tuning in to the series as research for his own upcoming TV project, claiming: “I watched all that because if I am going to work in this field, I need to know what it is going on.”
Rushdie is currently writing a TV series called Next People, which will explore politics, sex and religion in the States, but presumably eschew the broadswords, dragons or bearded Yorkshiremen of his favourite guilty pleasure…