The Writers Room

Guilty conscience

In Icelandic drama Systrabönd (Sisterhood), three women face up to a decades-old crime in this story of how people respond differently to guilt. Writer Jóhann Ævar Grímsson tells DQ about his aim to offer a fresh take on a familiar genre.

STAR POWER

Saints and Sinners

Johannes Holopainen speaks to DQ about heading the cast of Finnish drama All the Sins, its themes of religious oppression and why it’s not just another Nordic noir series.

ON LOCATION

Raising Davies’ boys

DQ visits Manchester to watch filming for Russell T Davies’ latest drama, It’s a Sin, in which four friends share joy and heartbreak as they grow up in the shadow of AIDS in the 1980s.

SHOWRUNNER

Walking tall

Walker showrunner Anna Fricke discusses reimagining 1990s Chuck Norris series Walker, Texas Ranger and the challenges of making TV during the pandemic.

The Writers Room

On the Run

Daniel Ortiz, the writer behind Brazilian telenovela Salve-se Quem Puder (Run for your Lives), reveals the origins of this romantic comedy about three women who have to change their identities after witnessing a crime.

IN FOCUS

History boys

Turkish drama Aleph sees two detectives pursue a serial killer via a set of mysterious clues linked to the country’s past. Producer Metin Alihan Yalçındağ and director Emir Alper reveal how they pieced the series together.

IN FOCUS

Surface tension

DQ speaks to writer-director Friedemann Fromm and star Milena Tscharntke about German thriller Tod von Freunden (Beneath the Surface), in which the lives of two families are torn apart after a tragic accident.

IN FOCUS

Through the looking glass

Losing Alice stars Ayelet Zurer and Lihi Kornowski and creator Sigal Avin discuss the intense Israeli psychological drama and the charged relationship between its central characters.

STAR POWER

Acting royalty

Oscar winner Regina King, fresh from directing her first feature film, shares some of the moments that have inspired her movie and television career, which includes The Leftovers, American Crime and Watchmen.

In production

Period detail

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is pitched as one of Israel’s most expensive and ambitious dramas ever, telling the story of a multi-generational family over the first half of the 20th century. DQ finds out how it was made.

ON LOCATION

Buddying up

Line of Duty and The Durrells star Keeley Hawes tells DQ about stepping into production with her company Buddy Club for ITV’s blackly comic drama Finding Alice.

IN FOCUS

Sommer time

The Sommerdahl Murders star Peter Mygind and creator Lolita Bellstar tell DQ about making the Danish blue-sky crime show and the importance of creating a friendly environment on set.

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