Game of Thrones

‘Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden to Star with ‘The Borgias’ Holliday Grainger in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

The King in the North returns! Well, sort of. Game of Thrones star Richard Madden has signed on for his next big post-Westeros project, and will be starring opposite The Borgias Holliday Grainger in a splashy new BBC adaptation of classic novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Granger, who played the infamous Lucretzia Borgia in Showtime’s The Borgias, will play Lady Constance Chatterley, a young woman whose handsome, upper-class husband has been paralyzed from the waist down due to a war injury. Faced with emotional as well as physical neglect, Constance’s frustration leads her into an affair with gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, played by Madden in what will surely be a significant shift from his recent role as a real-life Prince Charming in Disney’s forthcoming live-action Cinderella (in which he stars opposite Downton Abbey’s Lily James). James Norton – who recently appeared in Death Comes to Pemberley and Happy Valley – plays Constance’s husband, Sir Clifford Chatterley.

Watch the Queen’s Guards Play the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song at Buckingham Palace

So, Queen Elizabeth probably doesn’t have a Ser Barristan the Bold of her own outside Buckingham Palace, but the Queen’s Guards are apparently big fans of fantasy drama Game of Thrones anyway.

We know this because during a recent Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the band suddenly burst into a rousing rendition of the HBO series’ incredibly recognizable theme tune. (For those that don’t know the band traditionally performs a song during the ceremony, which takes place daily in the summer at 11:30am.)

It’s awesome. And thankfully a quick bystander recorded it and put it on YouTube.

Amazing Internet Things: The Dowager Countess Faces Off with Game of Thrones’ Queen of Thorns

This particular Amazing Internet Thing will be of special interest to those of you are Game of Thrones fans in addition to being British television lovers. And, really, there’s so much Awesome British Talent appearing in the HBO series on a weekly basis that it’s practically got honorary Brit TV status anyway.

For those of you who don’t know, Game of Thrones tells the story of several warring families/factions battling for control of a kingdom called Westeros in a time period that sort of looks like the Middle Ages, but isn’t quite. It’s very high fantasy and it’s also very enjoyable, if a bit violent and life ruining because basically every character you ever care about will have something extremely horrible happen to them.

Anyway, Thrones recently introduced the matriarch of House Tyrell, a sassy grandmother named Lady Olenna (also known as the Queen of Thorns) who bears a more than passing resemblance to another acid-tongued head of household from a slightly different time period. Yes, this is basically what Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess might look like if she were transported back in time to lead her family during violent times of political backstabbing and war. And, much like her Edwardian counterpart, Lady Olenna is also played by another British luminary, Dame Diana Rigg. They’re pretty much the same character, and it’s kind of amazing.