SHOWRUNNER

Music to die for

Canadian police procedural The Murders puts music front and centre as a detective tries to make amends for the mistake that led to a colleague’s death. DQ speaks to showrunner Damon Vignale.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT

The best of Belgium

On the back of thrilling series such as De Dag (The Day), Tabula Rasa and 13 Geboden (13 Commandments), Belgium is proving to be the latest global creative hotspot for television drama. DQ hears from those in the business to find out the secret to its success.

IN FOCUS

Under siege

Chaos, crime and paranoia abound in Baghdad Central. Stars Waleed Zuaiter and Corey Stoll and executive producer Kate Harwood tell DQ more about this crime series, set in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent occupation.

IN FOCUS

Holding out for Hierro

The Canary Island of El Hierro lends its name to Spanish crime drama Hierro, a ‘southern noir’ story of the hunt for a killer. Executive producer Alfonso Blanco reveals all.

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Something to talk Abbott

Paul Abbott charts his career, from breakthrough series Shameless and political thriller State of Play to police procedural No Offence, and reveals the writing process behind his success.

The Director’s Chair

Bay watch

A family liaison officer discovers a personal connection to a missing persons case in ITV drama The Bay. DQ speaks to lead director Lee Haven Jones about filming the series, casting Morven Christie and why he believes actors are often neglected.

STAR POWER

Trying on a different hat

Actor Natalie Dormer explains how working on an independent feature film and Australian drama Picnic at Hanging Rock encouraged her to take more control behind the camera.

In production

Killer instinct

Danish drama Den Som Dræber (Those Who Kill) has returned for a new season, eight years after it first aired. Producer Zire Schucany talks DQ through the process of rebooting the dark crime series.

IN FOCUS

Repeat offenders

Producer Maria Feldman and writer Leora Kamenetzky reveal how they tackled the task of following up the first season of Israeli thriller False Flag, in which a group of ordinary people are thrust into the limelight when they are accused of a high-profile crime.

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Pushing The Limit

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez and Andy Vick, chief commercial officer at STXsurreal, discuss making virtual reality drama The Limit and their plans to push the boundaries of storytelling.

IN FOCUS

Taking Pride

The works of English author Jane Austen are the inspiration for Globo’s latest telenovela. Artistic director Fred Mayrink tells DQ about the drama and his approach to his craft.

ON LOCATION

Back in the field

Three years after German breakout drama Deutschland 83 travelled around the world, Deutschland 86 continues the story of reluctant Stasi agent Martin Rauch. DQ visits the set to find out why this spy thriller is more than a history lesson.

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