Introducing Game of Thrones…

What is it? Who's in it? Where can you watch it? Your at-a-glance guide to the acclaimed fantasy drama...

What is it? HBO’s drama based on the novels of George RR Martin is that rare beast, a sword-and-sorcery epic that satisfies both genre fans and a wider audience. The key to that success? An initially sparing use of fantasy elements and a commitment to putting its characters, and the gripping political manoeuvring between the many Houses of Westeros, at the heart of the show

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Who’s in it? An ensemble cast packed with seasoned British stars and talented newcomers (Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden, Natalie Dormer, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glenn, Jerome Flynn, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham, Joe Dempsie – the list goes on) but with a stand-out performance from American actor Peter Dinklage as the diminutive but brilliant Tyrion Lannister

Where is it? Sky Atlantic. Series one and two are available via Sky On Demand while series three kicks off on 1 April

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What was the highlight? The penultimate episode of series two, focusing on the Battle of Blackwater, saw Tyrion reveal the full extent of both his military genius and his personal bravery, in plotting and leading the defence of Kings Landing against would-be usurper Stannis Baratheon. Stirring stuff