IN FOCUS

Political ambitions

In Icelandic drama The Minister, an unconventional politician with a hidden health condition rises to become prime minister. Star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, writer Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson and director Nanna Kristin Magnúsdóttir tell DQ about making the series.

Ones to Watch

Series to Watch: June 2020

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick out 10 new dramas to watch this June, from the small-screen debut of teen spy Alex Rider to a survival thriller set in Antarctica.

The Writers Room

On the Hunt

Cheat writer Gaby Hull talks about the inspiration and writing process behind six-part drama We Hunt Together, an unconventional police thriller in which two couples begin a cat-and-mouse chase.

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Agent secrets

Jan Guillou’s literary hero Carl Hamilton is given a contemporary update in Swedish action thriller Agent Hamilton. Star Jakob Oftebro and director Erik Leijonborg reveal how it was done.

STAR POWER

Mad man

After spending the first season of German wartime drama Das Boot aboard a submarine, US star Vincent Kartheiser is back on dry land for the show’s second run. But when it comes to filming, he’s still a long way from home, DQ discovers.

IN FOCUS

The new Normal

Normal People executive producer Emma Norton and producer Catherine Magee tell DQ why the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel strikes a chord with viewers and reveal the challenges of casting the drama and creating its intimate moments.

The Director’s Chair

Strange lands

Taku Kato, the director of Japanese film A Stranger in Shanghai, discusses making the single drama for broadcaster NHK, filming in China, and appealing to international audiences.

IN FOCUS

Word to the wise

Peter Bowker, creator and writer of The A Word, and director Fergus O’Brien discuss making the third season of the BBC family drama and their joy at pushing sidelined characters and stories of disability into the limelight.

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Close to The End

Samantha Strauss, creator and writer of The End, and executive producers Rachel Gardner and Jamie Laurenson discuss the Australian drama about three generations of the same family dealing with matters of life and death.

My Big Break

My Big Break: Gurinder Chadha

The award-winning director behind movies such as Bend It Like Beckham and ITV series Beecham House recalls how her first short film, 1989’s I’m British But…, paved the way for the themes and directing style that would shape her career.

SHOWRUNNER

Off the rails

Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson brings DQ aboard his latest project, Snowpiercer, in which humanity’s last survivors live on a train that continually travels around a frozen planet Earth.

Under the Influence

Under the Influence: Adi Arbel

The head of development at production company Endemol Shine Israel reveals how the chance to work in the movie business led her to build a television career and find inspiration in some of the most iconic female characters of recent years.

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