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SHOWRUNNER

Designated showrunner

As the newly appointed showrunner of White House drama Designated Survivor, Keith Eisner is taking the series in a new direction. He tells DQ about his plans for the ABC show, comparisons to The West Wing and making a political drama in the era of Donald Trump.

STAR POWER

Time for a change

Benedict Cumberbatch takes centre stage in The Child in Time, Stephen Butchard’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s haunting novel about loss and grief. The star tells DQ about shaking off his more famous alter-ego and stepping into a producer role.

STAR POWER

Baying for Blood

Blood Drive may be the most extreme, bloody and downright original drama this year. DQ chats to star Christina Ochoa about playing the femme fatale in Syfy’s Grindhouse thriller.

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Slaying the competition

Marti Noxon has written for some of the biggest shows in television, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Grey’s Anatomy to Mad Men and Glee. She tells DQ about her career on the small screen and previews new series Sharp Objects and Dietland.

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Angel of death

Caroline Dhavernas and Richard Short star in Mary Kills People, a black comedy-drama about an ER doctor who also helps terminally ill patients who want to die. They tell DQ about their on-screen relationship and how the series balances the seriousness of its central subject with more light-hearted moments.

In production

Red hot TV

With credits including Happy Valley, Cucumber and The Five, Red Production Company has built a reputation for being a writers’ producer. DQ speaks to executive producer Nicola Shindler – and some of the A-list scribes lining up to work with her.

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Dream on

Executive producers Michael Dinner and David Kanter introduce DQ to Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, an anthology series featuring 10 standalone stories based on the author’s work, featuring talent from around the world in front of and behind the camera.

The Director’s Chair

A cut above

With more than 200 hours of television drama in the can, Canadian director Don McCutcheon tells DQ about working on Murdoch Mysteries, the changing role of directors and why he thinks his best work is yet to come.

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Full Power

Courtney Kemp, showrunner of Starz original drama Power, tells DQ about writing and producing the series, which recently completed its fourth season, and talks about her career in television and the writers who have shaped her career.

SIX OF THE BEST

Six of the best: Kay Mellor

Politics, humour and strong female characters lead the pack for the creator of some of Britain’s best-loved dramas, from Fat Friends to Band of Gold, who also has two new series on the horizon – Love, Lies & Records for the BBC and ITV’s Girlfriends.

ON LOCATION

End game

The writers of The Missing turn the hunt for a serial killer on its head with a new drama that starts at the end and works backwards. DQ chats to Richard Dormer and Jodi Balfour about starring in mind-bending crime drama Rellik.

IN FOCUS

Top form

Go behind the scenes on Top of the Lake: China Girl, which sees Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie join director Jane Campion and star Elisabeth Moss for the sequel to the 2013 original crime mystery.