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Sweet success

Having turned her own novel Sweetbitter into a six-part drama for US premium cable network Starz, Stephanie Danler tells DQ about the adaptation process and why television today is following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens.

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Eyre to the throne

Award-winning director Richard Eyre discusses his take on Shakespeare’s King Lear in a new BBC and Amazon film starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Andrew Scott and Jim Carter.

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Action on writing inequality

Lisa Holdsworth, TV writer and deputy chairman of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, writes for DQ about the guild’s new campaign for greater gender equality in television and film screenwriting.

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Going it Anone

Japanese producer Hisashi Tsugiya has reunited with the writer behind Mother and Woman for Nippon TV’s latest drama series, Anone. He tells DQ about the show’s origins and how its fantasy elements set it apart from their previous collaborations.

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Brothers in arms

Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters team up as a dynamic cop duo in Sky1 crime drama Bulletproof, from the makers of Britannia. They tell DQ about creating and starring in the series together and why the show stands out on the British drama landscape.

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Do the robot

As sci-fi drama Humans enters its third season, movement choreographer Dan O’Neill reveals the new challenges he faces turning the show’s expanding cast into its iconic ‘synths.’

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Following procedure

Procedural series were once the bread and butter of US broadcast networks. But international buyers are finding them harder to come by amid the appetite for increasingly serialised storytelling. DQ examines the future of the story-of-the-week format.

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Double trouble

Brazil’s Globo tackles the body-swap format in The Formula, which sees a scientist transform into a younger version of herself. DQ chats to leading actors Drica Moraes and Luisa Arraes about playing very different versions of the same character.

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Myles keeps Faith

Eve Myles, the star of Welsh drama Keeping Faith (Un Bore Mercher), tells DQ about working with a “world class” team on the hit series and discusses her approach to acting and the roles she looks for.

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You be the judge

Lee Ingleby is out to prove he’s not a murderer in ITV’s emotionally taut four-part drama Innocent. DQ speaks to writers Matt Arlidge, Chris Lang and producer Jeremy Gwilt about putting viewers at the heart of this moral dilemma.

Editor's note

Lifting the mask

London’s Royal Festival Hall hosted the most prestigious night of the year for British television as prizes were handed out to dramas including Peaky Blinders and Three Girls. DQ went behind the scenes at the Bafta Television Awards 2018.

 

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End of a Saga

As the final season of Bron/Broen (The Bridge) arrives in the UK, actors Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhardt, creator Hans Rosenfeldt and head writer Camilla Ahlgren reflect on the success of the internationally acclaimed series.

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