The Director’s Chair

Emergency call

Three years after its first season, French series Hippocrate (Interns) returns as its young doctors find themselves dealing with A&E patients in a flooded hospital. Director Thomas Lilti tells DQ about ramping up the tension in this ultra-realistic medical drama.

IN FOCUS

Delivering Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas joins cast members Helen George, Jenny Agutter and Leonie Elliott to celebrate the upcoming 10th season of the period drama.

In production

Unusual methods

Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford, the founders of Australia’s Aquarius Films, discuss the making of soapy heist drama The Unusual Suspects, shining a light on the country’s immigrant experience and casting real-life couples.

Trendspotting

The perfect blend

Clelia Mountford, co-founder of Catastrophe producer Merman, and Feel Good creator Mae Martin speak to DQ about the finding the right mix of laughs and emotion to hit the sweet spot of comedy drama.

STAR POWER

Role reversal

Emily Watson and Denise Gough go head-to-head in ITV drama Too Close, a psychological thriller about a forensic psychiatrist who faces up to secrets in her own life when assigned to assess a mother accused of a horrendous crime.

STAR POWER

Acting Normal

Normal People stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones look back on the success of the BBC and Hulu drama, based on Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel, and recall their time on set together.

IN FOCUS

Barnstorming stunts

Director Dave Beauchamp and stunt coordinator Andy Godbold reveal how they masterminded UK soap Emmerdale’s biggest stunt since before the Covid-19 pandemic began.

The Writers Room

Head case

Christina Lee and Alissa Nutting tell DQ about writing Made for Love, an HBO Max original series based on Nutting’s darkly comic sci-fi novel about a woman on the run from her controlling tech billionaire husband – who has implanted a monitoring chip in her head.

STAR POWER

Intruder alert

Actors Elaine Cassidy, Tom Meeten and Sally Lindsay look back on their experience filming Channel 5 thriller Intruder, in which a couple’s idyllic life is sent spiralling after they become victims of a break-in.

The Writers Room

Frank discussion

The Queen’s Gambit writer, director and executive producer Scott Frank remarks on how the story of a young female chess prodigy in 1950s America became one of Netflix’s biggest series of 2020.

IN FOCUS

Royal awakening

Director Benjamin Caron, hair and make-up designer Cate Hall and production designer Martin Childs break down their work on The Crown episode Fairytale, which sees Diana move into Buckingham Palace only to find her life filled with loneliness.

STAR POWER

Running like Clockwork

Malcolm McDowell, the prolific film and television star most recognisable for his role in A Clockwork Orange, tells DQ about the lessons he has learned during his career on screen.

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