The Writers Room

True to life

In Los Espabilados (Alive & Kicking), the latest series from Albert Espinosa, four teenagers are pursued by a detective after they escape from a psychiatric institution. DQ chats to the prolific Spanish writer about why he continues to mine his own experiences for television.

IN FOCUS

Snow storm

When an infant disappears, his mother, a policewoman and a nurse become embroiled in a case that has far reaching consequences. Writer Mette Heeno, director Anna Zackrisson and producer Georgie Mathew tell DQ about Swedish thriller Snöänglar (Snow Angels).

In production

New heights

DQ takes off with producer Imogen Banks to discuss RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service, a new action-drama series based on the airborne exploits of the pilots and medics responding to life-and-death emergencies in rural Australia.

The Director’s Chair

Freedom fighter

In Brazilian drama Os últimos dias de Gilda (The Last Days of Gilda), free-living Gilda resists oppression from her religious neighbours. Series creator Gustavo Pizzi tells DQ about adapting a stage monologue for television and how real life mirrored the show’s themes during production.

IN FOCUS

Sex, lies and videotape

Writer Germán Maggiori and director Pablo Fendrik tell DQ about Argentina’s Entre Hombres (Amongst Men), an unflinching miniseries based on a cult novel in which a senator tries to recover a video of a compromising encounter.

SHOWRUNNER

All things equal

Showrunners Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W Marlowe tell DQ about reimagining vigilante drama The Equalizer for US network CBS and producing the Queen Latifah-led series during the pandemic.

The Writers Room

Family comes first

Canadian writer Anne Boyer discusses her 30-year writing partnership with Michel d’Astous and how their explorations of family led them to write Mon Fils (My Son), a series about a teenager’s struggle with schizophrenia.

Ones to Watch

Series to Watch: March 2021

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick out 10 new dramas to watch this March, from a Spanish Western to a futuristic relationship drama to two coming-of-age series in which characters are confronted by modern life.

IN FOCUS

Taste test

Aftertaste creators Julie De Fina and Matt Bate reveal how the #MeToo movement shaped this story of a bad-tempered celebrity chef looking to rebuild his reputation with the help of his young niece.

In production

The truth is out there

François Ivernel, the producer of OVNIs (UFOs), discusses the making of this supernatural comedy drama, in which a rocket scientist is called upon to investigate paranormal phenomena in 1970s France.

STAR POWER

Tezel tells all

Aylin Tezel, the star of German thriller Unbroken, reveals how the series mixes elements of crime drama and psycho-thriller to tell the story of a police officer searching for her newborn baby after being kidnapped.

STAR POWER

International football

Actors Teo Yoo and Yuriri Naka discuss their roles in The Window, a German/Japanese scripted drama that plays out in the world of professional football and follows the battle to control a potential superstar.

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