ON LOCATION

Cancelled out

In a TV studio in west London, DQ meets Douglas is Cancelled stars Hugh Bonneville, Karen Gillan and writer Steven Moffat to hear about the timely themes and issues behind this ITV comedy-drama in which a news presenter falls foul of cancel culture.

DQ100

DQ100 2024/25 – Part two

In the second part of the DQ100 2024/25, DQ picks out a range of shows to tune in for and the actors, directors and writers making them, as well as some of the trends and trailblazers worth catching up with.

SCENE STEALERS

Manifesting Malala

The return of We Are Lady Parts for a second season about the titular Muslim punk band brought with it a standout cameo from Malala Yousafzai. Series creator Nida Manzoor explains how a song title led to the activist arriving on set for a western-themed music sequence.

The Writers Room

Meet the mentors

As six emerging writers join Jed Mercurio’s mentorship programme, the Line of Duty creator joins Wilderness screenwriter Marnie Dickens to share some of the advice they are passing on to aspiring writers.

Fact File

Fact File: Song of the Sun God

Karen Radzyner, executive producer and head of development at Sydney’s Photoplay Films, tells DQ about upcoming drama Song of the Sun God, which is being adapted from Shankari Chandran’s novel of the same name.

STAR POWER

Prince Harry

Young House of the Dragon star Harry Collett, who plays Prince Jacaerys Velaryon, sits down with DQ to talk about his process as an actor, learning to sword fight and his dream collaborators.

IN FOCUS

Have I got muse for you

After a string of demanding projects, actor Alex Wolff and director Øystein Karlsen were looking for a change of pace. As they tell DQ, they found it in So Long, Marianne, a dramatisation of the love story between Canadian musician Leonard Cohen and the woman who became his muse, Marianne Ihlen.

STAR POWER

Shining bright

Blue Lights star Siân Brooke reflects on the BBC police drama’s second season and the return of Apple TV+ comedy Trying, discusses her “pick ‘n’ mix” approach to roles and reveals why working with Mike Leigh was a “game-changing” moment.

SHOWRUNNER

Marbella vice

Following their success with La Unidad (The Unit), Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini take DQ inside their new Spanish crime drama Marbella, which dramatises a true story set in the murky underworld of the titular town – a popular tourist spot that has also been described as the UN of organised crime.

The Director’s Chair

Sweet Dreams

As viewers continue to move away from linear TV, what does the future hold for traditional soaps? Director Joan Noguera tells DQ about launching Spanish daily drama Sueños de Libertad (Dreams of Freedom) and why the genre still holds an important position in the television landscape.

STAR POWER

Cops and rockers

Lucie Shorthouse is currently starring in two primetime series, but they couldn’t be more different. She discusses becoming a detective for Rebus and returning to the beat of music comedy We Are Lady Parts for its second season.

The Director’s Chair

River rises

As his journey making outback road trip drama Thou Shalt Not Steal enters its final stages, co-creator and director Dylan River tells DQ about creating a series rooted in his home town, his rules for filmmaking and why storytelling is in his blood.

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