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Stiller breaks out

Ben Stiller talks about directing Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora, based on the true story of two convicted murderers who staged a prison break in Upstate New York, with help from a married female prison employee.

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Down the rabbit hole

Launching this Christmas on BBC1 in the UK and worldwide on Netflix, the new version of Watership Down is touted as the first primetime animated drama. The creative team behind the project gathered at Content London 2018 to discuss how the series originated and the challenges they faced along the way.

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Life of crime

Idris Elba returns as iconic detective Luther for a fifth season of BBC1’s flagship crime drama. DQ visits the set to meet the cast and discover what new horrors writer Neil Cross has in store.

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Skating royalty

A feature-length drama explores how British ice skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean overcame humble beginnings to win Olympic gold. DQ speaks to writer William Ivory and skating consultants Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes about making the ITV film.

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Reinventing Agatha Christie

Mammoth Screen MD Damien Timmer talks about the company’s approach to adapting Agatha Christie novels, with its fourth miniseries, Poirot thriller The ABC Murders, coming to BBC1 this Christmas.

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Long lost history

The Long Song, based on Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel, brings a untold period of British history to TV. Screenwriter Sarah Williams and director Mahalia Belo reflect on the story’s contemporary relevance and how it blends tragedy and humour within a distorted narrative.

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Taking a Fall

Insoupçonnable writer Virginie Brac explains how this adaptation of British crime thriller The Fall, which follows an investigation from the perspective of the individuals on both sides of the law, was reimagined for a French audience.

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Wilson on Wilson

Ruth Wilson, star and executive producer of period drama Mrs Wilson, and fellow EP Ruth Kenley-Letts reflect on the remarkable true story behind this three-part miniseries and reveal how it was brought to the screen.

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Less is more

The demand for long-running series is seemingly unstoppable, yet TV movies and one-off dramas are becoming a powerful tool in addressing single issues or themes. They’re also evidence that not every story needs to run to multiple episodes and seasons.

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By the book

With UFO sightings and ‘fake news’ dominating the US news agenda once more, History’s latest scripted commission Project Blue Book couldn’t be better timed, according to writers David O’Leary and Sean Jablonski.

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Home truths

Mikko Alanne, creator and showrunner of The Long Road Home, explains how the National Geographic war drama balances the story of soldiers in Iraq with that of their families at home and discusses the responsibility of making a series based on real events.

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High tide

Netflix’s first original Australian series, Tidelands, is a novel twist on popular mythology. Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, co-founders of producer Hoodlum Entertainment, tell DQ how the sirens-focused show came together.