The Writers Room

Guiding light

While Poppy Cogan was busy adapting Holly Jackson novel A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder for television, the book became a worldwide sensation. She explains how she brought this mystery drama to the screen and reflects on her own journey to creating her first TV series.

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Lights, camera, produce

In this special film, actors including Marta Dusseldorp, Lenny Henry, Gabija Siurbyte and Alexandra Rapaport open up about their journey into production and how they are developing series behind the camera.

Job Description

Access to success

Actor turned access coordinator Julie Fernandez is leading the charge for the television industry to become more accessible for disabled creatives on and off screen. She talks about how the role has evolved, the most common problems on sets and what more the industry needs to improve.

IN FOCUS

Gladiators, ready!

Those About to Die production designers Johannes Muecke and Laura Pozzaglio join costume designer Gianni Casalnuovo to reveal how they brought to life the world of Ancient Rome for this epic, action-packed drama set in the corrupt world of gladiators and chariot racing.

Job Description

Authentic Antigua

Baden Prince Jr tells DQ about his role as a consultant on forthcoming BBC drama Mr Loverman, an adaptation of Bernadine Evaristo’s novel of the same name that stars Lennie James as an Antiguan man hiding a decades-old secret.

STAR POWER

Anonymous no more

French actor Marilyn Lima opens up about starring in true crime drama Brigade Anonyme (Vigilantes), making her mark in YA sensation Skam France and why she wants to keep the audience guessing when it comes to the roles she plays.

IN FOCUS

Unusual Suspect

Eagle Eye Drama’s Jo McGrath and writer Joy Wilkinson sit down with DQ to discuss the return of Channel 4 thriller Suspect, building its starry cast and why its unique structure is rooted in the theatre.

STAR POWER

Carrie on crime-fighting

Elsbeth star Carrie Preston reflects on leading a television series for the first time in a series that puts her character from The Good Fight in the spotlight, and considers the revival of case-of-the-week dramas and how she’s adjusting to being recognised in public.

Trendspotting

Tall Tudor tale

The Tudors might be an evergreen subject for historical dramas, but in the hands of My Lady Jane showrunners Gemma Burgess and Meredith Glynn, history is almost unrecognisable. They outline how they created this dramatic alt-history series that imagines a different future for Lady Jane Grey.

SHOWRUNNER

Up all Night

Night Therapy writer Raanan Caspi talks about his decade-long journey to make his first television series, why it stands up as the next evolution of Israeli hit BeTipul (In Treatment) and why AI won’t replace screenwriters.

In production

Faking it

Star Asher Keddie and producer Imogen Banks tell DQ about their partnership behind the scenes of Fake, a stress-inducing, thought-provoking look at one woman’s search for love and the man she falls for, despite her instinct that he’s not everything he seems to be.

STAR POWER

Catch her if you can

From starring in Sex Education and Bridgerton to launching her production company Good Catch Entertainment, Simone Ashley is building a name for herself on and off screen. She reflects on her career so far, discusses her producing ambitions and reveals what drives her to succeed.

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