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Game of Thrones to begin filming fifth season in Northern Ireland: Two more seasons confirmed

Fantasy epic Game of Thrones is set begin filming once again in Northern Ireland as the company behind the show confirmed two new seasons.

The announcement was welcomed by both the First and deputy First Ministers today.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "Securing the fifth series of Game of Thrones, HBO’s largest drama production in Europe, will generate in excess of £20million annually to the Northern Ireland economy.

"When in Los Angeles in March we met with Jay Roewe, Senior VP Production, HBO Films & Mini Series to confirm the Executive’s desire to build on our established working relationship with HBO and explore mutually beneficial opportunities."

The team behind Game of Thrones have confirmed they will make two more series of the bloodthirsty fantasy show.

The epic tale of treachery among a series of families vying for power in a medieval-style world is currently on its fourth series - shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Michael Lombardo, president of US broadcaster HBO Programming, who make the show, said it was " a phenomenon like no other" and said the cast and crew " continue to surpass themselves".

He said: "W e look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling."

The series, filmed on location around the world including Scotland and Northern Ireland, is based on the best-selling books by George RR Martin.

Familiar faces in the current cast include Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen and Diana Rigg.

The premiere of the new series was watched by an average of 6.6 million people in the US with 1 million tuning in in the UK.

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