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Game of Thrones locations in Co Down to appear on Australian TV show

Around 700,000 Australians will see a number of Co Down locations featured on Game of Thrones during an episode of popular TV show 'The Living Room' on Friday.

Airing on the country's Network Ten broadcaster, the episode will feature Castle Ward and The Cuan Guesthouse in Strangford.

During filming 'The Living Room' presenter Dr Chris Brown - a well-known Australian TV personality and veterinarian - got into the Game of Thrones spirit by dressing in costume and meeting with some of the stars of the show, including the Direwolves, Summer and Grey Wind.

Dr Chris also tried his hand at archery at Castle Ward and experienced a Game of Thrones-themed medieval banquet at The Cuan Guesthouse.

The production was supported by Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI when they filmed the show here last autumn.

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Dr Chris Brown, during filming for The Living Room at Castle Ward. (Phil Smyth Photography)

Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Australia, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that Dr Chris and the team from The Living Room chose to film in Northern Ireland.

"With an audience of about 700,000 viewers per episode, it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland and our Game of Thrones connections to a wide audience of GoT fans and prospective visitors."

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Dr Chris Brown, during filming for The Living Room at Castle Ward. (Phil Smyth Photography)

She continued: "TV and film are recognised as strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland regularly works with TV and production companies around the world to facilitate the making of travel and lifestyle programmes and films around the island of Ireland.

“With series seven of the Game of Thrones coming to a close, it’s excellent timing that this special Northern Ireland episode of The Living Room will air tomorrow. It helps us to continue to shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland and the wonderful things for Australians to see and do on holidays here.”

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