Game Of Thrones Makes Triumphant Return
Popular HBO fantasy drama begins its fourth series with a slow-burner...
The biggest show in international TV right now, Game Of Thrones returned to the small screen for its fourth season last night.
Titled Two Swords, the first episode of the new run was simulcast in the US and UK - although it will be screened again at 9pm this evening for those who were unable or unwilling to stay up to 2am.
And the episode didn't disappoint fans, with the customary ingredients of nudity, violence, feuding and shock deaths all present and correct.
The season opener has been given positive reviews by critics and fans alike, with the show's makers being praised for their ability to integrate so many storylines into a relatively brief space.
Meanwhile, police have indicated that they intend to crack down on illegal downloading of the show - which has topped the copyright theft list for its last two series.
The City of London Police's specialist Intellectual Crime Property Unit (PIPCU) told the BBC that it will create a list of infringing websites, serve warning "adverts" to users and encourage advertisers to boycott the sites.
DCI Andy Fyfe said: "Together we have created a process that first and foremost encourages offenders to change their behaviour so they are operating within the law.
"However, if they refuse to comply we now have the means to persuade businesses to move their advertising to different platforms and, if offending continues, for registrars to suspend the websites."
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