SHOWRUNNER

Behind the Basque

HBO Europe’s first original Spanish commission, Patria is an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s novel on the impact of the Basque conflict. Showrunner Aitor Gabilondo tells DQ how he tackled this tumultuous period of Spanish history.

The Director’s Chair

Unhappy holidays

Us director Geoffrey Sax tells DQ how the BBC drama was filmed across Europe to tell the story of a family on the verge of splitting up as they embark on one final holiday together.

SHOWRUNNER

Science future

German writer and director Christian Ditter tells DQ about making his showrunning debut with Biohackers, a Netflix original series dealing with love, revenge and revolutionary scientific technology.

Job Description

Job Description: Military advisor

Paul Biddiss gives DQ an insight into the role that has seen him work on series such as War & Peace, Catherine the Great, Taboo and Strike Back.

IN FOCUS

Murder in suburbia

The cast and creative team behind ITV true crime drama Des discuss their approach to portraying Dennis Nilsen, who murdered 15 people over five years in one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history.

In production

Building Rome

Marco Chimenz, co-CEO of Italian producer Cattleya, introduces DQ to Romulus, an ambitious 10-part series that retells the founding of Rome, all in ancient Latin.

ON LOCATION

Storm brewing

The cast and crew of lavish period drama The Singapore Grip welcome DQ to Malaysia, where the weather serves up a taste of events to come in this adaptation of JG Farrell’s novel.

Trendspotting

Trust no one

In the age of fake news, a trend for unreliable characters is fuelling some of TV’s biggest thrillers. DQ speaks to a group of writers to find out how they keep viewers hooked.

In production

Making peace

Johanna Enäsuo and Marko Röhr from Finland’s Matila Röhr Productions speak to DQ about the making of political thriller Peacemaker, in which a negotiator is pulled into an escalating international conflict.

IN FOCUS

Talking shop

Producer Taewon Jung and director Myoungwoo Lee introduce Korean drama Backstreet Rookie, in which a convenience store manager falls in love with his new employee.

IN FOCUS

Life story

Norwegian crime drama For Life seeks to upend the traditional police procedural formula with time jumps and different genre styles for each episode, as creator and writer Gjermund S Eriksen and producer Håkon Briseid explain.

SHOWRUNNER

Away days

The Path creator Jessica Goldberg tells DQ about her latest mission, showrunning Netflix space drama Away, in which Hilary Swank juggles work and family while on a rocket heading to Mars.

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