Theory of Everything and Wolf Hall actor Harry Lloyd is taking things digital for his next project, Supreme Tweeter, and has roped in a few chums from his Game of Thrones days as Viserys Targaryen...
The web series sees Lloyd playing himself, riffing on reality when his attempts to raise his own profile via social media attracts one very distinguished fan: a certain Kim Jong-Un, who we’re informed is a big deal in North Korea.
Brilliantly, Lloyd has brought in some old Westeros muckers; Maisie ‘Arya’ Williams crops up, as does the main man himself – George R R Martin.
"George and I made friends on set," Lloyd tells ShortList. "I remember getting a lovely email when my last episode was on American TV, saying how much he enjoyed my performance and how he wished he hadn't killed him off so soon. I got to know him better last summer because I was filming in Santa Fe, where he lives, and we had lunch a few times and I showed him round the set. We hung out, and I explained I was doing this thing, so he ended up appearing over Skype."
Lloyd adds that the whole series lasts about 15 minutes. But what of the agonizing wait for the next book in the series?
"You expect him to be self-important – he has these books to write. We would go out for lunch and after he would say ‘Let’s go and do this, then I’m off to Texas next week.’ I would just say, ‘George, there’s no time. You have work to do.’ He’s very centred, and very interested in the fan world, he’s always communicating – he’s not trying to race through it. He’s enjoying it as he goes."
Supreme Tweeter is available at Supremetweeter.com from 1 April, and keep your eyes peeled for a special Game of Thrones Season 5 special issue of Shortlist very soon