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The Writers Room

Polishing Bad Apples

Mia Ylönen, creator and head writer of Finnish series Mädät Omenat (Bad Apples), reveals how the female patients who once lived in an asylum on an isolated island inspired streamer Elisa Viihde Viaplay’s psychological thriller.

The Director’s Chair

Family viewing

Three Families director Alex Kalymnios and cinematographer Ula Pontikos discuss their work on this two-part BBC drama, which follows the real-life stories of a mother and two women affected by Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.

In production

Built to last

The executive producers of German dramas Sturm der Liebe (Storm of Love) and Die Rosenheim Cops (The Rosenheim Cops) take DQ inside the making of these long-running dramas, which together have amassed more than 4,000 episodes.

Remade Abroad

Slowing down

Director Eric Toledano opens up about producing En Thérapie, the French adaptation of Israel’s BeTipul (In Treatment), and reveals why this quiet series is the perfect antidote to an increasingly fast-paced world.

In production

Between the sheets

Executive producer Louis Morissette gets comfortable with DQ to discuss Quebecois series Entre Deux Draps (Pillow Talk), which shines a light on the relationships between four different couples and a pair of roommates.


Casting Kostov

Bulgarian actor Julian Kostov tells DQ about his roles in fantasy drama Shadow & Bone and crime series Temple, as well as running a management company that seeks to bring greater representation to Eastern Europeans both in front of and behind the camera.

The Director’s Chair

Directing Marvel

Kari Skogland, the director of The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, tells DQ about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reveals how extreme sports inspired her approach to filming the six-part event series.

Ones to Watch

Series to Watch: May 2021

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick out 10 new dramas to watch this May, from Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and a British revenge thriller to a starry anthology series fronted by Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman.

In production

Estate of play

Producers Nicola Merola and Charles Lafortune reveal how Québécois series Contre-Offre (Counter-Offer) balances comedy and drama in the story of a family-run real estate business.

The Writers Room

Breaking Out

The vast Arctic landscape sets the scene for Outlier, in which a young criminology student starts the hunt for a potential serial killer. Arne Berggren and Kristine Berg tell DQ about creating this Norwegian crime drama.


Back to school

Ackley Bridge star Sunetra Sarker tells DQ about how the school-set drama has been revamped for its fourth season and discusses her role behind the scenes as an associate producer.


Just looking

Writer Ed Whitmore, producer Clare Shepherd and executive producer Lucy Bedford unwrap the psychology behind five-part surveillance thriller Viewpoint, the first ITV drama that began filming during the Covid-19 pandemic.