DVD: The Shadow Line (15)

Hugo Blick writes and directs this meditation on the divide between good and evil via the investigation – from both sides of the law – into the death of drug baron Harvey Wratten soon after his extraordinary release by royal pardon from prison.

When it's time to say goodbye to your hero

Killing off the main character in a hit TV series is risky. But Game of Thrones seems to have survived, says Sarah Hughes

Republicans lash out at Obama impersonator

A Barack Obama doppelganger who was cut short and ushered off stage at a Republican conference moments before turning his attention to presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has received death threats from angry party supporters, it emerged yesterday.

DVD: Bored to Death, For retail & rental (Warner)

The latest gem from HBO, this offbeat sitcom stars Jason Schwartzmann as an author who sets himself up as an unlicenced detective, and then bumbles through cases alongside his neurotic friend, Zac Galifianakis, and a high-living magazine editor, Ted Danson.

Culture Club: Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Monday

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Idris Elba: 'I'm so hot right now'

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Leading article: The waiting game

The way to produce a best-selling series of books is to take breaks from writing to build a relationship with readers. That, at any rate, is the latest received publishing wisdom from the US. It is based on the experience of the fantasy writer George R R Martin, whose series A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for the new HBO drama series, Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Monday<br/>The Walking Dead, Channel 5, Sunday<br/>Twenty Twelve, BBC4, Monday

A screen adaptation of a cult fantasy novel is an uneasy mix of blood-letting, imps and ogling

Choppy waters for the Atlantic crossing

Sky Atlantic promised exciting programming and new Mad Men this summer. It has failed on both counts, says Gerard Gilbert

HBO promotes Game of Thrones with a fantasy food selection

Forget sending out a simple press release to promote a new television show. These days marketing executives know that you need something special to stand out from the crowd. Which is why last week saw cable giants HBO take to the streets of Manhattan with a food truck featuring menus themed around Game of Thrones, their much-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling fantasy novels by George RR Martin, which airs in the US and in the UK next week.

James Harkin: The iPad is a badge, not a product

Apple and HBO have triumphed by producing high-end stuff at a time when many of their competitors were travelling in the opposite direction

Boardwalk Empire, Sky Atlantic, Tuesday<br/>Louis Theroux: Ultra Zionists, BBC2, Thursday

Sky Atlantic opened with a Prohibition mobster drama that looked great but failed to grip

Sky: Quality drama - at a price

Sky's latest channel promises to be a one-stop shop for fans of the best American series &ndash; but many viewers will miss out, says Gerard Gilbert

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