Category: SIX OF THE BEST
The joint MD of Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films selects the series that inspired his career in film and television, including a superbly crafted period drama perfect for binge-watching and a second appearance this issue for Friday Night Lights.
The senior VP of development at Sony Pictures Television Networks chooses her six favourite television dramas, picking a selection of game-changing series that challenge, thrill and set new markers for inclusion and diversity.
Tim Key is executive producer for BBC1 crime drama Death in Paradise, which has been recommissioned for an eighth season to air in 2019. For his Six of the Best, he chooses an eclectic mix of classic adaptation, soap, comedy, mystery, western and one emotional rollercoaster.
The executive producer of dramas including Peaky Blinders, Fortitude and Ripper Street chooses a mixture of British and US dramas – including one that has been stuck in her mind for the past 20 years.
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.
As US drama MacGyver prepares for its UK debut, airing on Sky1 on February 8, the showrunner and executive producer of the CBS drama – who also takes charge of network sibling Hawaii Five-0 – finds room for a pair of Hawaii-set series and an ‘honest, raw portrayal of teenage life’ in his list.
The StudioCanal executive’s contemporary selection includes her firm’s darkly compelling drama Spotless alongside global mega-hits like HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The FremantleMedia director of global drama’s list is largely UK-focused, mixing hard-hitting drama with a healthy dose of comedy, while there’s also a space for some Nordic noir.
As Life on Mars creator Ashley Pharoah prepares to return to BBC1 with ‘eerie’ drama The Living and the Dead, he tells DQ about the six shows that have inspired his career in television.
Sagafilm Nordic CEO Kjartan Thor Thordarson’s picks include the ‘perfect copro’ and a series that kept him in on Friday nights
Mikiko Nishiyama, senior director of international business development at Nippon Television Network, finds room for recent Japanese hit The Long Goodbye on a US-dominated list of drama favourites.
The head of acquisitions and coproductions at UKTV opts for a crime-dominated batch of shows that have both shocked and astonished – as well as one ‘aspirational guilty pleasure.’
Sara Johnson is executive producer and head of coproductions, scripted, at Keshet International UK. Opting to give DQ a whopping 10 shows instead of the usual six, Sara adds Keshet titles Prisoners of War and The A Word to her ‘nostalgic’ list of top dramas.
Marty Adelstein is the CEO of Tomorrow Studios, producer of Aquarius, starring David Duchovny. The 1960s-set drama premiered on NBC earlier this month.