Articles about Channel 4
Champion of the world
Author-turned-screenwriter Candice Carty-Williams sits down with DQ to discuss her move into television, creating music drama Champion and adapting her own bestselling novel, Queenie.
Good to be Bad
Bad Sisters, Derry Girls and I Am Ruth dominated the 2023 Bafta Television Awards, with prizes for their stars Anne-Marie Duff, Siobhan McSweeney and Kate Winslet. DQ was backstage to hear from them about their award-winning work.
A host of first-time winners were crowned at this year’s Bafta Television Craft Awards. DQ was there to speak to winners including Derry Girls’ Lisa McGee, This is Going to Hurt writer Adam Kay and some of the creatives behind House of the Dragon.
That’s my boy
Somewhere Boy writer Pete Jackson discusses how the meeting of the Channel 4 drama’s two key characters shapes the story of a boy who, after growing up isolated and scared of the monsters beyond his door, enters the real world for the first time.
A new domain of conflict
The Undeclared War stars Hannah Khalique-Brown as a gifted coder at the forefront of a government effort to ward off a series of cyber-attacks on the UK. DQ speaks to the actor and writer-director Peter Kosminsky about this topical and timely drama.
Bringing Chivalry to life
Baby Cow Productions chief operating officer Asha Amster and Jax Media creative producer Isabel Richardson discuss filming Channel 4 drama Chivalry in some of LA’s most iconic shooting locations in the midst of the pandemic.
No place like Hull
Hullraisers star Leah Brotherhead speaks to DQ about making the Channel 4 comedy and how it set out to show it’s not always grim up North.
The art of craft
We Are Lady Parts and Landscapers stole the show at the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2022. Winners including writers Nida Manzoor and Kayleigh Llewellyn, costume designer KC Williams and editor Sarah Brewerton reflect on their celebrated work.
Field of nightmares
South African star Kim Engelbrecht takes DQ inside the mind of Reyka Gama, a criminal profiler struggling to come to terms with her traumatic past while trying to solve a spate of brutal murders in psychological crime drama Reyka (aka The Cane Field Killings).
Eyes wide open
Writer Pete Jackson and executive producer Petra Fried discuss their collaboration on Channel 4 drama Somewhere Boy (fka The Birth of Daniel F Harris), the story of a sheltered teenager experiencing modern life for the first time.
Turn of the Screw
Writer Rob Williams tells DQ how his own experience teaching and volunteering in prisons inspired him to write six-part Channel 4 drama Screw, which spotlights the work of the male and female staff in a busy men’s prison.
Cutting Edge drama
Executive producers Phil Trethowan and Ben Bickerton tell DQ about curating Channel 4’s anthology series On the Edge, while writer Nessah Muthy reveals how true events inspired her episode about a new mother struggling with her mental health.
Best left forgotten
Close to Me star Connie Nielsen, writer Angela Pell and director Michael Samuels speak to DQ about making this psychological thriller about a woman’s memory loss and discuss its unique take on a coming-of-age story.
Bea on the Up
Award-winning actor and comedian Aisling Bea speaks to DQ about writing and executive producing comedy This Way Up and reveals how she has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Calling for Help
Writer Jack Thorne and stars Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham reveal how they prepared for Help, Channel 4’s hard-hitting feature-length drama about the devastating impact of Covid-19 on a care home.
Caught in a honeytrap
The cast and creative team behind Channel 4 true crime drama Deceit reveal their approach to dramatising the story of a controversial honeytrap operation at the centre of a high-profile murder investigation.
Who is Victoria?
Star Suranne Jones and writer-director Dominic Savage discuss their collaboration on I Am Victoria, in which the actor plays a woman facing up to her own mental health struggles as she tries to hold her seemingly perfect life together.
Derry Girls is the proof that local comedy can travel around the world. Creator and writer Lisa McGee talks to DQ about what inspired her to create the series and how she sees comedy progressing in the future.
Making the band
We Are Lady Parts writer and director Nida Manzoor and composer Shez Manzoor reveal how they created the soundtrack for the Muslim female punk band at the centre of this anarchic music comedy.
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.