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The eagerly-awaited fifth series of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' gets underway tonight (Monday April 13th) on Sky Atlantic HD.

Fans of the award-winning fantasy drama - which is based on George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series of novels - have been counting down the days until the show returns to UK TV screens.

Their wait is almost over, with Season Five Episode One scheduled to air at 9pm this evening.

After a thrilling finale to the fourth season, which was broadcast in spring 2014, several characters find themselves in pastures new.

game of thrones 5 Nikolaj Coster Waldau Lena Headey

The series begins with Daenerys grappling with her tempestuous dragons and Tyrion opening his eyes to new possibilities.

With winter still coming in Westeros and the battle for the iron throne intensifying, 'Game of Thrones' fans can expect more of the usual action, intrigue and suspense.

Not to mention double-dealing, blood and guts, and the odd spot of naked flesh.

Sky TV subscribers who haven't yet discovered the magic of the Seven Kingdoms can watch the first 40 episodes of 'Game of Thrones' via Sky Box sets.

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