Liam Fay: To say that it's grim up north lacks imagination
Kit Harington may know how to act like an intrepid warrior but he clearly doesn't know how to think like one. The English thespian, who plays Jon Snow in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones - which is partially shot at locations across Northern Ireland - has been scoffing at the dullness of the province and its tourist board. And he isn't the first cast or crew member who has admitted to finding it grim up north.
Interviewed on US TV, Harington lamented the amount of time he's been required to spend in Belfast while filming his role over the past five years. "It's wonderful for two or three days," he sighed. His comments echoed those of a senior executive on the show who complained last year that Belfast is "not the most cosmopolitan of cities".
During his TV appearance, Harington made a point of mentioning the promotional endeavours of Belfast's "wonderfully depressing" tourist board. "They celebrate three things: having the most bombed hotel in Europe... They built the Titanic, which is a ship that sunk on its maiden voyage. And now, they have Game of Thrones, the most depressing TV show in history."