Long Reads Of The Week: Space, Mercenaries And 20 Years Of Father Ted

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | As part of a New York Times shoot, Game Of Thrones actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams explain what it's like spending your teenage years on the biggest show in the world. Author Emily Shur gains extra points for describing The Hound as 'a rough character'. 

2 | As private security contractors become increasingly indispensable, ABC's Antony Funnell asks 'Does the return of the mercenary mean a world with more war?'

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3 | What's the appeal of being hot? Writing for The Atlantic, James Hamblin explores the cult-like craze of Bikram yoga as well as its controversial leader, Bikram Choudhury.

4 | 20 years on, Father Ted's creators explain how they put Craggy Island on the map, from The Guardian.

5 | "'Staring into the night for eight monotonous months, how would they keep their focus? How would they avoid rancor or debilitating melancholy?'" Writing for The New Yorker, Tom Kizzia explores NASA's plan to send astronauts on a long, lonely mission to Mars.