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Ed Sheeran on GoT

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Published: 7.25.2017
Level 3   |   Time: 2:08
Accent: British
Source: BBC Global News Podcast (7.17.2017)

British pop star Ed Sheeran was the latest guest actor on the TV show Game of Thrones.

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  • a spoiler [n] - information that reveals the story or ending
  • a cameo [n] - a brief appearance of a famous person on a TV show
  • a folk tune [n] - a traditional song
  • a season premiere [n] - the first episode in a season
  • simultaneously [adv] - at the same time
  • piracy [n] - illigally copying something
  • illegal streams [n] - transmitting a TV show illegally over the Internet
  • a cast member [n] - an actor or actress on a TV show or movie
  • a massive fan [n] - a big fan
  • a metal band [n] - a heavy metal rock & roll band

[n] - noun,  [adv] - adverb, 


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  1. What role did Ed Sheeran play on the TV show Game of Thrones?
    a king
    a musician
    a soldier

  2. Who is Ed Sheeran?
    a famous British actor
    the boyfriend of one of the cast members
    a popular British singer

  3. Where is GoT broadcast?
    in about 170 countries
    in most English speaking countries
    just in the U.S. and England

  4. Why did HBO release the season premiere of GoT in most countries at the same time?
    to save money
    to reduce piracy
    so people can talk about it

  5. How many more seasons of GoT will there be?
    one
    two
    three

  6. Why was Ed Sheeran included in GoT?
    He asked to be on the show.
    He has a hit song right now.
    One of the cast members loves him.

  7. Who is Arya Stark?
    an actress
    a character in the show
    in a pop star

  8. Who is Macie Williams?
    an actress
    a character in the show
    in a pop star

  9. When was the first musical cameo in GoT?
    last year
    in the first episode
    in the third season

  10. People from which of these bands have also been in GoT?
    Snow Patrol
    U2
    Coldplay
    Mastodon
    of Monster and Men
    Bon Jovi

  11. Where is Sigur Ros from?
    Iceland
    England
    Sweden


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Now a lot of people got very excited about the premiere of season 7 of Game of Thrones last night. And one notable moment, no spoilers, was a cameo by the British pop star Ed Sheeran. He played a soldier who performed a folk tune. Here's a clip.

For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm. For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm.

It's a pretty song. I've never heard it before.

It's a new one.

Well Steve Holden is from Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Game of Thrones is shown in at least 170 countries around the world. And a couple of years ago to make his HBO decided to release the season premiere simultaneously at exactly the same time in all those countries apart, strangely, from the UK. Probably the reason was to cut down on piracy and illegal streams, so everyone was seeing it in real time. But it's a huge deal, and there's only two more series left, so season seven and then series eight, and then it finishes.

Now we heard from Mr. Sheeran there. How significant a part in proceedings did he play?

I mean he was a cameo. I'm not too sure how big a fan he was previously, but the reason he's in the show is the actress that plays Arya Stark, the young actress Macy Williams who's British. She's in that scene you heard her speak just then. She's a massive Ed Sheeran fan. And the producers have been trying to get him on the show for the last couple of years as a surprise to her. So obviously as one of the youngest cast members on the show, they made kind of her dreams come true really.

But he is definitely not the first celebrity to have a cameo in this show, is he?

No no. It stretches right back. So if we go back to season three, there was a famous episode that featured Coldplay's Will Champion. Mastodon the massive metal band, they were in at once. Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has appeared in it. The Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men - all five of them appeared as a kind of the house band in one of the scenes with Joffrey. And Sigur Ros, the massive Icelandic band as well because obviously lots of game of thrones is filmed, or used to be filmed in Iceland north of the wall. So it has got a massive following there. So yes it's had a long history of musicians in the show.

Steve hurdle or possibly Holden.