Game of Thrones

Paul Mason: The Brexit party is great news for Labour

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Multiple copies of a Labour leaflet for the European elections are being shared on messaging apps by horrified activists. Not…

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) having some quality time together

I admire the scale and ambition of Game of Thrones – but isn’t it just a little bit corny?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

If you’ve ever faced the social embarrassment of having to admit that you’ve never seen Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic,…

No mere mortal could possibly keep up with Game of Thrones

20 April 2019 9:00 am

By the time you read this, James Delingpole and I will have made our first podcast in 596 days. That’s…

Cable and Deadpool recreate the image from the Sistine chapel (Deadpool 2) [Rex Shutterstock]

Which comes first, the events or the zeitgeist? Peter Biskind examines pop culture

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Those who study culture — or think about public policy in relation to it — often wrestle with the classic…

Is Britannia really in the Game of Thrones’ league?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

It’s a terrible thing for a TV critic to admit but I just don’t know what to make of Britannia,…

Bending City of London rules for the Saudis smacks of Brexit desperation

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Now here’s a tricky question. The world’s largest oil company, potentially worth six times as much as ExxonMobil and ten…

Game of Thrones should have at least arranged for Ed Sheeran to be stabbed

22 July 2017 9:00 am

I’m a bit worried about Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic). Not seriously worried: there’s too much money invested, too much…

Winter is nearly here – bring on the body count

22 July 2017 9:00 am

As a Game of Thrones fan, I feel ambivalent about the fact that the saga is finally wending its way…

The prodigal daughter: Ellie Kendrick as Clover in The Levelling

A painterly exercise in grim atmospherics: The Levelling reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

There are bigger entities landing at your local multiplex this week. An ancient indestructible franchise is re-re-(re-)booted in Alien: Covenant.…

Our love-hate relationship with television

26 November 2016 9:00 am

While I’ve read plenty of books worse than Television: A Biography, I can’t immediately think of any that were more…

The Dalmatian coast: old-fashioned glamour

Croatia

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Advocates of New Zealand often boast that the country is like Britain was in the 1950s. This is all well…

Team GB is a near-perfect post-Brexit ideal

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout our holiday, reports from Rio rippled in — last thing at night, first thing in the morning — a…

Anthropomorphism taken too far in Storyville’s ‘Unlocking the Cage’

The nutcase animal-rights lawyer who wants chimps granted the legal status of humans

25 June 2016 9:00 am

He may claim to only want these rights for sentient creatures, but remember how the EU was supposed just to be a trading bloc...

Alfie Allen in his original Thrones guise as Theon Greyjoy

Anyone can die in Game of Thrones, but my part’s already been chopped!

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Sudden exit can befall any Game of Thrones character, but Alfie Allen’s still in the cast after the unkindest cut of all, says James Delingpole

Lily James as Juliet and Richard Madden as Romeo

Derek Jacobi as Mercutio is half-genius, half-prank: Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Out come the stars in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet. He musters a well-drilled, celebrity-ridden crew but they can’t quite…

James Delingpole is loving Ben Elton's new Shakespeare sitcom

14 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s no way of saying this without shredding the last vestiges of my critical credibility, but this new Ben Elton…

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in ‘Games of Thrones’

It’s time Cersei destroyed the Corbyn-like High Sparrow: Game of Thrones, season six, reviewed

30 April 2016 9:00 am

So: Game of Thrones. Finally — season six — the TV series has overtaken the books on which it is…

Going Dutch: Eelco Smits and Janni Goslinga of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in ‘Kings of War’

This year's must-see Shakespeare? Four hours of history in Dutch

23 April 2016 9:00 am

James Woodall talks to the Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who has brought a swathe of Shakespeare’s history plays to the stage in Dutch (four hours of it)

The spying game: Ben Whishaw as Danny in ‘London Spy’

James Delingpole cringes at London Spy’s gay sex scenes

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The main problem with being a TV critic, I’ve noticed over the years, is that you have to watch so…

The Last Kingdom is BBC2’s solemnly cheesy answer to Game of Thrones

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The opening caption for The Last Kingdom (BBC2, Thursday) read ‘Kingdom of Northumbria, North of England, 866 AD’. In fact,…

The shape-shifting Fens, thought to be the landscape of Beowulf and the haunt of Grendel

Spirit of place: the landscape of myth and magic

19 September 2015 8:00 am

We live in disenchanted times. We barely do God, most of us don’t do magic and frenzied consumerism occupies our…

Saints still beat Game of Thrones for baby-naming – but maybe not Mohammed

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We reached peak Charlie in 2012, when 5,571 baby boys were given the name. There were only 4,642 last year.…

I wish Daenerys Targaryen would free the nipple: Game of Thrones series five reviewed

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Blimey, there has been so much good stuff to watch on telly of late: the Grand National, the Boat Race…

Henry VI did at least fulfil one function of kingship — that of ‘sacerdos’. Kneeling behind him is his uncle Henry Cardinal Beaufort, and standing (bearded) is another uncle, the ‘good Duke’ Humphrey

Britain’s own game of thrones

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Thank goodness for Game of Thrones. I think. Apparently it is inspired by the Wars of the Roses, drawing inspiration…

Adeel Akhtar plays Wilson Wilson in Utopia

Eye-gouging within the first half-hour: the edgy new rules of TV drama

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Where is Jessica Hyde? If those words mean nothing to you then I have some excellent news. If not, then…