The Director’s Chair

Team talk

Director Peter Grönlund tells DQ about filming “dark fairytale” Björnstad (Beartown), a Swedish drama about a small-town hockey team and a brutal crime that tears the community apart.

STAR POWER

Man of mystery

Sherlock star Rupert Graves tells DQ about joining the cast of Riviera for the Sky Atlantic drama’s third season, filming in Venice and Buenos Aires and why he was drawn in by the show’s dreamlike visuals.

Ones to Watch

Series to Watch: November 2020

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick out 10 new dramas to watch this November, from Netflix’s first original Egyptian drama to a new thriller from the creator of Big Little Lies and a Swedish real-life crime story.

ON LOCATION

Close encounters

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost open up about the influences and ambitions behind their horror-comedy series Truth Seekers, in which a broadband engineer and amateur ghost hunter stumbles into a real-life haunting.

DQ Recommends

DQ Recommends: Drama writers

DQ asks some of the people who make TV around the world which writers are crafting the most compelling scripts and complex characters in today’s drama series.

IN FOCUS

Sister act

Dark secrets are unearthed in The Sister, from Luther creator Neil Cross, who joins stars including Russell Tovey to speak about making the series and adapting his own novel for television.

IN FOCUS

Keeping it Professionals

Star Tom Welling and co-showrunner Jeff Most open up about explosive action-thriller series Professionals, which is set against a backdrop of international espionage and a 21st century space race.

ON LOCATION

Out of the shadows

DQ heads to Prague to meet the cast and crew of Shadowplay, a crime drama set in post-war Berlin where characters with competing agendas battle for power in a lawless city.

Ones to Watch

Ones to Watch: Writers

DQ casts its eye over a range of upcoming series from around the world and picks out 20 writers to tune in for, from Moshe Zonder (Tehran) to Suzan-Lori Parks (Genius: Aretha) and Chris Van Dusen (Bridgerton).

DQ Recommends

DQ Recommends: Drama directors

DQ asks some of the people who make TV around the world which directors working in the drama business have caught their eye and why.

IN FOCUS

Outside the box

Stars Priscilla Quintana and Oliver Dench join executive producers Mark A Altman, Thomas P Vitale and Chris Philip to discuss the return of sci-fi thriller Pandora, in which a woman questions whether she is Earth’s saviour or its destroyer.

DQ Recommends

DQ Recommends: Drama actors

DQ asks some of the people who make TV around the world which actors they believe are delivering the most mesmerising performances in contemporary drama series.

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