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Reign ends but royalty keeps its throne

The CW has signalled the end of its Mary Queen of Scots drama Reign – however, the TV industry’s interest in royal subject shows no sign of easing off. This week we look at some of the big franchises to have emerged in recent years.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT
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Drama behind bars

As Prison Break returns to television after an eight-year absence to bolster the line-up of jail-set dramas on air, DQ explores why viewers love to lock themselves up with convicts.

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Runaway success

Two women are on the run in Japanese drama Runaway Women. DQ hears about this emotional thriller from its director and its executive producer.

The Writers Room
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Discovery draws up its Manifesto

2017 looks set to be another exciting year for drama, with Discovery’s Manifesto and BBC/FX’s Taboo coming through, written by Andrew Sodroski and Steven Knight respectively.

The Writers Room
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Medical examiner

Fact trumps fiction in US medical drama Pure Genius, which offers a glimpse into the treatments of the future. Michael Pickard discusses the show with writer David Renaud.

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Coleman reigns as Victoria

Jenna Coleman tells DQ about leaving Doctor Who to become Queen Victoria in ITV’s hit period drama, which has been renewed for a second season in 2017.

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US studios extend int’l footprint

NBC, Fox and Sony Pictures Television divisions have all announced major international projects this week. Andy Fry reports.

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Missing accomplished

Season two of The Missing has proved a worthy successor to its acclaimed forerunner on BBC1, while Showtime is in need of a new hit of its own. Andy Fry reports.

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Making Madiba

For the first time, the life of Nelson Mandela will be retold across six hours of television. DQ speaks to the cast and crew about bringing Mandela’s personal and political struggle to the small screen.

SCENE STEALERS
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Lesli Linka Glatter

Director Lesli Linka Glatter is behind the first two episodes of History’s Navy SEALs drama Six, which launches next month. She tells DQ more about the series, produced and distributed by A+E Studios, and how she pieced together one of her favourite scenes.

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Midnight Sun rises

Directing duo Björn Stein and Måns Mårlind reveal the secrets behind the first Swedish-French coproduction, Midnight Sun.

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Reality bites

US stars Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby discuss Lifetime drama UnReal as the series heads into its third season.

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