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Rite of Passage

Liz Heldens, showrunner of US drama The Passage, discusses the two-year journey to bring the Fox series to screen, adapting one of her favourite books and finding the balance between character and a furious blend of science fiction, thriller and the supernatural.

SCENE STEALERS

Walking with Gigantes

Gigantes (Giants) director Enrique Urbizu takes us through the opening scene of the Movistar+ drama, which focuses on a family that runs a prestigious antiques business as a front for their drug empire.

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Enigmatic TV

Icelandic mystery The Flatey Enigma steps back in time to tell the story of a woman caught up in a deadly race to solve a historical riddle that could lead to the burial place of the last Viking lord. Executive producer Kjartan Thor Thordarson explains all.

STAR POWER

Crossing over

After spending eight years playing detective Saga Norén in The Bridge, Swedish actor Sofia Helin’s next screen role will see her portray a princess fighting for her country during the Second World War. She tells DQ about finding her voice and playing a royal in Atlantic Crossing.

SIX OF THE BEST

Six of the Best: Zhanna Shakhshaeva

The head of the international department at Russian distributor All Media makes a selection of scripted shows worthy of binge-watching, including an Icelandic thriller, a Spanish prison drama and an award-winning US series.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT

Appy days

There’s more drama than ever – but small-screen storytelling is not just being confined to television. DQ speaks to some of those involved in changing the way drama is made and watched.

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Feeling Blue

Stars Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell and Michael Malarkey introduce Project Blue Book, a History period drama set in the 1950s that explores the US Air Force’s top-secret investigations into UFOs.

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Telling the truth

Unspeakable star Sarah Wayne Callies and creator Robert C Cooper discuss the CBC and SundanceTV limited series, which dramatises Canada’s tainted-blood scandal as two families become caught in a tragedy that gripped a nation.

IN FOCUS

For better or worse

With season four of Catastrophe set to be its last, creators, writers and stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney reveal the secrets of the partnership that drives the hit comedy-drama both in front of and behind the camera.

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Speaking for the dead

Morwyn Brebner, showrunner of CBC series Coroner, tells DQ about making the Canadian drama – from adapting Matthew Hall’s series of novels and casting Serinda Swan in the lead role to the collaborative nature of making television.

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Keeping it clean

Cleaning Up stars Sheridan Smith as an office cleaner who attempts to clear her gambling debts by entering the murky world of insider trading. Smith, her fellow cast members, writer Mark Marlow and executive producer Jane Featherstone discuss making the six-part ITV drama.

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Money maker

Bedrag (Follow the Money) III is the next chapter of the acclaimed TV series from Denmark’s DR, set in the world of organised crime and money laundering. Creator and showrunner Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Borgen) explains how this new season attempted to stay ahead of the headlines.

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