House of the Dragon

Blue Lights renewed for two more instalments ahead of series two broadcast

Three police officers stand in front of a grey background. Superimposed below them is a cityscape, with blue flares of light

The show follows three new recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). For Grace, Annie and Tommy, every day is different, and none are easy. The first series followed them on their probation period as they got to grips with the job, including dealing with the criminal McIntyre gang.

BBC releases first-look image for Jenna Coleman crime thriller The Jetty

Jenna Coleman, in character as Ember Manning, looks into the camera at the foot of a jetty

The show follows Ember Manning, a rookie detective investigating a fire in her home town, bringing her into contact with more than one of its less savoury residents.

“Bringing the complex and enigmatic character of Ember Manning to life has been an incredible experience,” said Coleman. “I can’t wait for everyone to meet this new heroine and to find out what’s lurking beneath the surface of The Jetty.”

Sky releases ominous teaser for House of the Dragon series two, as further casting announced

Rhaenyra Targaryen stands outdoors in front of fields, looking ahead with concern

A prequel set 200 years before Game of Thrones, the show follows power struggles in the court of the ruling Targaryen family. The second series is poised to follow the bloody conflict that will determine who next sits upon on the Iron Throne.

“There is no war so hateful to the gods as a war between kin,” warns Rhaenys Targaryen in the teaser, “and no war so bloody as a war between dragons.”

TV talent inspires students at the RTS Futures Careers Fair

The RTS Futures Careers Fair made a triumphant return to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, last month, after two years of Covid-enforced absence, during which time it was held virtually. Some 1,300 people attended the fair and around 300 received expert advice from a CV clinic. There were 45 exhibitors in the hall plus an “Ask me anything area”.

Record-breaking launch earns House of the Dragon a second series

The announcement comes after the series opened to record-breaking viewing figures, becoming the biggest drama launch ever for Sky Atlantic.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells of the beginning of the end of House Targaryen.

The opening episodes set the stage for the coming civil war as Paddy Considine’s King Viserys I Targaryen was tasked with choosing a successor out of his fiercely competitive heirs.

House of the Dragon, Lord of the Rings and the power of fantasy TV

Magic and myths have ruled popular culture for years. Such is their enduring power that HBO and Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, and Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are big weapons in the wars between the global streaming giants.

Who's who in House of the Dragon?

House of the Dragon (credit: HBO)

Based on George R. R. Martin's novel Fire and Blood, the fantasy-epic is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Focussing on the fortunes and politics of the Targaryen family, the series promises more familial machinations, deception, and blood-spilling battles in the events leading up to the Targaryen war of succession, known as the "Dance of the Dragons".

Here are the key players:

“War is afoot” in new trailer for House of the Dragon

The prequel is set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen as a civil war spins out of its competing heirs.

The trailer sees Paddy Considine’s King Viserys I Targaryen face the urgent matter of choosing his successor.

The heir presumptive to the Iron Throne is his younger brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), but his firstborn child Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) also has a claim - despite there never having been a Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.