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Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones in Golden Globe battle

Downton Abbey will face off against Game of Thrones at the Golden Globes as they compete for Best Television Series Drama.

Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Television Series Drama. Credit: ITV/Downton Abbey

The Affair, The Good Wife and House of Cards are also nominated.

Keith Allen could be joining cast of Game Of Thrones

Keith Allen could be joining his son Alfie in the fourth series of fantasy drama Game Of Thrones after auditioning for the role of a slave.

"Every scene is a bloodbath. Frankly I think i'm cut out for that," the actor told The Times.

Allen could be joining his son Alfie in the fourth series of fantasy drama Game Of Thrones. Credit: PA

Allen also revealed he had previously auditioned for the role of his son's on-screen father but said he deliberately failed the screen test with a "rubbish audition".

Allen's daughter - and Alfie's sister Lily - had also been approached to play her brother's on-screen sibling Yara but told fans she turned down the role because she "felt uncomfortable" with a storyline featuring incest.

Game of Thrones renewed for two more seasons

Game of Thrones fans can rejoice after the team behind the fantasy drama confirmed they will make two more series.

The epic tale of treachery and nobility is currently on its fourth series, which is being broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic.

HBO has revealed its hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones has been renewed for seasons five and six. Credit: HBO/Game of Thrones

Michael Lombardo, president of US broadcaster HBO Programming, which makes the show, said it was "a phenomenon like no other" and that the creators and collaborators "continue to surpass themselves".

"We look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling," he added.


Teacher threatens class with Game of Thrones spoilers

A teacher in Belgium has taken an unorthodox method of dealing with an unruly class of children.

Actor Peter Dinklage attending the 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 premiere. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA

After finding out his students were fans of the TV series Game of Thrones, he threatened to name all of the characters that had died at the end of the latest series of books if they were not quiet.

Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad reported that until the students took the threat seriously, the teacher would start naming them:

According to a student the teacher said: “I’ve read all the books, if there's noise I will write the name of the dead on the board.

"There is enough to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die.”

TV star's image wrongly used in political campaign

A picture of the British actress Emilia Clarke has been wrongly used alongside a supportive Facebook message to a Russian mayoral candidate. She plays Daenerys Targaryen in the TV series Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke's picture was used to write a supportive message to a Russian mayoral candidate. Credit: Facebook

In the post on Yakov Silin's campaign page, his team say they had been contacted by "24-year-old Anya" who said: "I suddenly noticed that over the last couple of years I haven’t been afraid to take walks around Yekaterinburg at night.

"I've started to believe that the city is safe...It's wonderful...there are not many people around and the streetlamps are lit".

After people questioned the use of the image, Yakov Silin's team said they chose it based on the strength of the actress's character in the programme. They said strength is what is needed to lead the city in to the future.

Dragon fire adds to UK heatwave on Dorset beach

Children have been pictured enjoying the warm weather next to a huge dragon skull on the Jurassic coast in Dorset.

The 39-feet wide dragon skull has been created to celebrate the launch of HBO's Game of Thrones Season 3 on the television and movie service blinkbox.

Children build sandcastles in front of a 39 feet-wide dragon skull. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Issac Bradbury, four, sits in the mouth of a 39 feet-wide dragon skull. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire/
Pantha Bradbury, three, stands in front of a 39 feet-wide dragon skull Credit: David Parry/PA Wire/