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Worst Witch to Return to Television with Game of Thrones’ Lyanna Mormont

2 Sep

bella-ramsey-game-of-thronesBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The Worst Witch will be making its return in a fresh new series on Netflix. The series is based on the books by acclaimed children’s author Jill Murphy and will be targeted at a tween audience. The Worst Witch will follow the ever-clumsy Mildred Hubble and her adventures as a first year student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Bella Ramsey who was critically acclaimed for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Season 6 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, will play Mildred. Actress Clare Higgins (Doctor Who) will play the role of Potions teacher Miss Cackle, and Downton Abbey‘s Raquel Cassidy will play Deputy Head, Miss Hardbroom. According to The Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) other cast members will be Wendy Craig (The Royal) as Chanting teacher Miss Bat, Jenny Richardson as Mildred’s rival Ethel Hallow, and Meibh Campbell and Tamara Smart will play Mildred’s best friends Maud Moonshine and Enid Nightshade.

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Game of Thrones: A Sesame Street Parody

7 Apr

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Photo courtesy of YouTube

Photo from YouTube

When it comes to television pop culture Seasame Street parodies HBO’s Game of Thrones in a way that the adults can snigger at the humor and their young ones will be none the wiser to the very adult jokes contained within.

In the Sesame Street universe, the new king of Jesteros (a replacement for the land of Westeros) is decided by a game of chairs or as the Muppet that represents Ned Stark would say “game of chez.”

In the parody we get to see four Throne Muppet representations vying for the title of King of all Jesteros. With the music played by lovable Grover (now named Bluejoy), comedy will ensue.

And the comedy Sesame Street explores in this sketch is darker than anything that has been prevciously produced. When Joffrey loses the game of chairs, the response from Grover of “…it looks like you choked Joffrey” will make parents glad their young ones won’t get the choke joke. But even with the dark jokes (and there are a few), I still find some of the best humor is in the more innocent nods to the Game of Thrones universe. An example of this is when Grover Bluejoy is late to the event of musical chairs, there is an allusion to the North Wall when Grover says “Sorry I’m late but it was really hard getting over that wall out there.”

Since Sesame Workshop is exploring new territory with this sketch, how long will it be before they parody AMC’s The Walking Dead.



Game of Thrones Season 4: The Third Trailer

9 Mar

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

HBO’s Game of Thrones season four will make its debut on April 6, 2014. With the look and the feel of this trailer, I wonder how they plan to top this season. But enough of the wondering, enjoy trailer three of Season four.


Fourteen Minutes of Game of Thrones’ Season Four

10 Feb

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

GameofThronesCan I say once again thank you to the series that is Game of Thrones. Thank you to the writers, to the crew, to the actors, to the author George R. R. Martin and to you, the viewer, for making its continuation possible.

It is because of programming like Game of Thrones that I am rescued from the dredges of Reality TV, shows that are supposed to entertain the viewer. Most Reality TV programs are just glorified infomercials. There has always been people who have found infomercials entertaining, but not this lad. Now and again there are bright spots in television programming like the aforementioned Game of Thrones that magnetically draws me back. And for one hour a week, I may be genuinely entertained.

In the recent Game of Thrones promo, viewers are given over 14 minutes of Q & A with the actors and a behind the scenes look at season four. During the Q & A, the joy of watching the actors answer questions put to them by fans is very rewarding. Although two of my favourite actors, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), made appearances, I was saddened to see Jerome Flynn (Bronn) was unavailable.

But all will be made right when episode one of season four airs on April 6, 2014.


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