The Writers Room

Specially maid

Spanish series Arde Madrid imagines the relationship between Hollywood star Ava Gardner and Argentine dictator Juan Perón, as revealed through the eyes of a maid and a chauffeur. DQ meets writers and directors Paco León and Anna R Costa.

ON LOCATION

Butterfly effect

From the makers of Chernobyl comes Giri/Haji, a drama set between London and Tokyo that explores how a single murder affects two cities. DQ visits the set of the Netflix and BBC series.

STAR POWER

Life-changing television

On the back of an extensive film career, NCIS star Maria Bello tells DQ why she has come to love working in television and reveals the secret to the long-running US crime drama’s global success.

IN FOCUS

Dark tales

Known for her frequent Agatha Christie adaptations, writer Sarah Phelps reveals how she transformed Tana French’s Irish crime novels into BBC drama Dublin Murders.

IN FOCUS

Dangerous new world

An eclectic group of characters must face their own fears and flaws – as well as aliens – in The War of the Worlds, a modern update of HG Wells’ iconic story for France’s Canal+ and Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa.

STAR POWER

The word on Worzel

Iconic literary scarecrow Worzel Gummidge is returning to television in a pair of hour-long episodes written and directed by and starring Mackenzie Crook. The Office and Detectorists star tells DQ about becoming Worzel and adapting Barbara Euphan Todd’s novels.

IN FOCUS

Preserving Dignity

The first original drama commission from German streaming platform Joyn, eight-part political thriller Dignity recalls the tragic events around a German sect in Chile. DQ finds out more.

STAR POWER

Love and war

Jonah Hauer-King and Zofia Wichłacz, two of the stars of Peter Bowker’s war drama World on Fire, talk about the tangled relationship between their characters and how the series balances epic action scenes with emotional storylines.

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Capturing Catherine

Nigel Williams, the writer behind Sky and HBO miniseries Catherine the Great, tells DQ about uncovering the true story of Russia’s 18th century ruler and reuniting with Helen Mirren.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT

Must CEE TV

With a number of drama productions from Central and Eastern Europe drawing critical acclaim in recent years, DQ finds out what’s coming next from the region and why it’s ripe for a breakout international hit

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Michaud’s methods

Crime writer Martin Michaud tells DQ about his experience developing a TV series based on his detective character Victor Lessard.

SIX OF THE BEST

Six of the Best: Christina Jennings

The CEO of Canadian producer Shaftesbury (Departure, Murdoch Mysteries) picks some classic comedies alongside a star-filled mystery and a dystopian nightmare.

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