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Best of the best

Some of the television industry’s biggest names reveal their choice of the most influential drama of the past 21 years.

Highlighting shows from The Sopranos to The West Wing, Lost to Friends, Seinfeld, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Bridge, Mad Men, Dexter and others, leading writers, showrunners, producers and network execs pick over the titles that have been most transformative for the business. But what is their ultimate choice?

This DQTV special features contributions from: actors Michael C Hall and Jimmy Akingbola; Jack Ryan creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland; Netflix VP of international originals Erik Barmack; Narcos showrunner Eric Newman; AMC Networks programming chief David Madden; Paramount Network senior VP of scripted development Ted Gold; Scrubs and Spin City creator Bill Lawrence; The Mysteries of Laura creator Jeff Rake; Castle creators Terri Edda Miller and Andrew Marlowe; writer Danny Brocklehurst; Red Production Company founder Nicola Shindler; and many more.

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Taking flight

US drama Manifest sees the passengers of Montego Air flight 828 land safely after a turbulent but seemingly routine flight, only to discover that the world has aged five years while they have been in the air.

While their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on, the passengers are now given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds.

In this DQTV interview, creator and showrunner Jeff Rake discusses how he first conceived the idea for this mystery event series more than a decade ago.

He reveals what drives the show forward: the mystery at the heart of the story, a relationship drama and a procedural element each week.

Rake also talks about developing and casting the ensemble drama, his partnership with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis and the scramble to assemble the best talent during  pilot season.

Manifest is produced by Warner Bros Television and Compari Entertainment for NBC and is distributed by Warner Bros International Television Distribution.

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Unravelling the Mysteries of Laura

With Debra Messing in the lead role, The Mysteries of Laura ran for two seasons on US network NBC. Here, executive producer Jeff Rake looks back on how the show was brought to life from its origins in a Spanish-language drama, reveals why he believes procedural series are not likely to disappear from the small screen and discusses his next project, Firewall.

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