Articles about BBC1
A walk down Ridley Road
Writer Sarah Solemani joins executive producer Nicola Shindler and director Lisa Mulcahy to tell DQ how they uncovered a little-known part of British history in four-part drama Ridley Road, in which a young woman goes undercover to combat fascism in 1960s London.
Bafta-winning writer Jimmy McGovern and executive producer Tom Sherry tell DQ about partnering with stars Sean Bean and Stephen Graham on Time, a prison-set drama in which an inmate and an officer contemplate guilt and forgiveness.
David Tennant and Michael Sheen return to navigate their ‘new normal’ via video chat in the second season of BBC series Staged. DQ speaks to creators Simon Evans, Phin Glynn and star and producer Georgia Tennant about continuing the lockdown drama.
BBC single drama Elizabeth is Missing offers viewers a gripping mystery as well as profound insight into how living with dementia affects one woman and her family, as writer Andrea Gibb and executive producer Sarah Brown explain.
Long lost history
The Long Song, based on Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel, brings a untold period of British history to TV. Screenwriter Sarah Williams and director Mahalia Belo reflect on the story’s contemporary relevance and how it blends tragedy and humour within a distorted narrative.
Hearing The Cry
Jenna Coleman, the star of BBC series The Cry, and executive producer Claire Mundell tell DQ about the complex and flawed characters at the heart of the psychological drama and why four-parters are currently in vogue.
Luther creator Neil Cross joins actors Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess, Nikki Amuka-Bird and executive producer Kate Harwood to talk about his new show Hard Sun, a pre-apocalyptic crime drama set in contemporary London and made for BBC1 and Hulu in the US.
Howard Burch, creative director of scripted at prodco Keshet UK, looks at the challenge of repeating the success of hit drama The A Word with its forthcoming second season and discusses the development process behind the follow-up.
Blast from the past
Kit Harington stars in and exec produces BBC1’s Gunpowder, which dramatises the plot to kill King James I. Alongside co-star Liv Tyler and the show’s writer and director, he reveals his very personal reason for getting involved.
Time for a change
Benedict Cumberbatch takes centre stage in The Child in Time, Stephen Butchard’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s haunting novel about loss and grief. The star tells DQ about shaking off his more famous alter-ego and stepping into a producer role.
New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker plays a medical imposter in Trust Me, a thriller penned by real-life doctor Dan Sefton. DQ hears from the duo about making the show.
Pick of the bunch
Writer Amanda Coe and executive producer Manda Levin reveal how they won the battle to turn Louise Doughty’s best-selling novel Apple Tree Yard into a four-part BBC drama starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin.
Best known for seminal Danish crime drama Forbrydelsen (The Killing), director Kristoffer Nyholm tells DQ why Tom Hardy-led thriller Taboo is like nothing ever seen on TV before.
Discovery draws up its Manifesto
2017 looks set to be another exciting year for drama, with Discovery’s Manifesto and BBC/FX’s Taboo coming through, written by Andrew Sodroski and Steven Knight respectively.
Trade secrets: DQ delves into BBC’s The Secret Agent
Toby Jones turns spy in thriller The Secret Agent, adapted from Joseph Conrad’s novel by screenwriter Tony Marchant.
Brits show progress in LGBT drama
The US leads the way in terms of dramatic opportunities for LGBT actors and writers but, as Patrick Gale prepares a gay-themed drama for BBC1, the UK is starting to make more of an effort.
HBO, FX dominate Emmy noms
Games of Thrones and The People vs OJ Simpson picked up a lot of Emmy nominations this week – but can they convert them into awards?
Federation backs belgian content
Federation Entertainment backs Belgian thriller Unit 42, Netflix orders a Lost in Space reboot and the author of the House of Cards book stirs speculation over a spin-off from the hit Netflix series of the same name.
As Life on Mars creator Ashley Pharoah prepares to return to BBC1 with ‘eerie’ drama The Living and the Dead, he tells DQ about the six shows that have inspired his career in television.
Hornby’s Love lost on BBC1
Does BBC1’s TV audience really care about the idiosyncrasies of North London’s intelligentsia in the Nick Hornby-scripted Love, Nina? Not when they can watch James Nesbitt murder his wife in ITV’s true crime drama The Secret.