IN FOCUS

Writing a Bestseller

The creative team behind Dutch dramedy Bestseller Boy discuss adapting the eponymous book, which is about a young man’s experience of writing a hit novel, and the US-Netherlands partnership bringing it to the screen.

The Writers Room

Room with a view

Matt Baker, the writer behind BritBox series Hotel Portofino, tells DQ about the inspiration behind this picturesque period drama set on the Italian Riviera and discusses the value of remaking European dramas.

IN FOCUS

Pulling the Trigger

Writer Daniel Brierley, producer Julia Stannard and executive producer Jed Mercurio reveal how they hope to hit the target with ITV’s explosive thriller Trigger Point, which follows a team of bomb-disposal operatives standing in the face of a terrorist campaign.

The Writers Room

Modern life is rubbish

Writer Tove Eriksen Hillblom tells DQ how Swedish comedy-drama Vi i Villa takes a satirical look at middle-class life in a story about what happens when one man grows tired of his mundane existence.

IN FOCUS

Night shift

Star Martin Freeman, screenwriter Tony Schumacher and executive producer Laurence Bowen discuss the making of Liverpool-set police drama The Responder, which follows an urgent-response officer over a series of evenings.

In production

Discovering Diamonds

Pieter Van Huyck, head of scripted at Belgian producer De Mensen, outlines how the company developed family crime drama Diamonds, which is set in Antwerp’s diamond district, with support from partners in Israel.

The Director’s Chair

Road less travelled

Award-winning director Auli Mantila reveals how she made Finnish drama Transport, set within the world of Europe’s illicit horse trade, and explains why there needs to be more bravery in television.

The Writers Room

Script to screen

Writers including Quoc Dang Tran, Nancy Harris, Nathan Foad and Bec Boey offer their insights into navigating the television industry, from developing new projects and adaptations to the importance of authentic and inclusive storytelling.

The Director’s Chair

Taking the Wheel

Director Ciarán Donnelly discusses directing episodes of epic fantasy adventure The Wheel of Time, which took him to fictional locations such as the Eye of the World and brought him face to face with beastly Trollocs.

IN FOCUS

Going with the FLO

The Bay creator Daragh Carville and new star Marsha Thomason speak to DQ about the return of the crime drama and the arrival of a new family liaison officer (FLO) to its picturesque Morecambe setting.

IN FOCUS

Drinking it in

Screenwriter Quoc Dang Tran and the executives behind French-Japanese production Drops of God reveal how they have adapted a manga series about wine into an eight-part TV drama.

STAR POWER

Birth days

Danish star Sofie Gråbøl tells DQ about her latest role, as a midwife in drama The Shift, and reflects on her time starring in Forbrydelsen (The Killing) on the 15th anniversary of the crime drama’s debut.

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