Veteran arts programme The South Bank Show has celebrated the best of TV drama from its earliest days. In the very first series it aired a film on Dennis Potter. Since then, Andrew Davies, Paul Abbott, Jimmy McGovern and Sally Wainwright have all featured.
The film team liaises between National Trust properties and film and TV location managers on projects ranging from daytime shows to big-budget dramas.
They have assisted on several upcoming series including Poldark series 5, The Crown series 3, new Netflix show Watchmen and the BBC’s latest adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Tom Hardy, plus the Downton Abbey film.
While ITV2’s summer sizzler Love Island has gone some way to bringing that back, for television dramas the choice is now so vast that everyone is watching something different. And, thanks to TV on-demand, even if people are watching the same series, it’s likely to be at a different pace.
To celebrate the return of Killing Eve's Villanelle, one of the best Machiavellian figures on TV right now, we have compiled a list of some of the best female TV villains to hit our screens.
These anti-heroes have the confidence to pursue their goals no matter what the cost. Their ruthlessness and dedication is often what makes them so captivating to watch.
These are the women you don’t want to get on the wrong side of.
Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) and Bafta-winner Hettie MacDonald (Howard’s End) are on board to direct the 12-part BBC Three drama, with filming due to take place in Dublin, Sligo and Italy.
The modern love story has been adapted for the screen by Sally Rooney, alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe.
Normal People follows the tender but complex relationship of popular and easy-going Connell and lonely and intimidating Marianne.
On the eve of the 2016 US presidential election, when Donald Trump was getting his first inkling that he would be elected to the world’s highest political office, Russell T Davies was texting the controller of BBC drama about an idea they had long been discussing. “I wrote to Piers Wenger and said, ‘If he wins tomorrow, it’s time I write this show now’ – and he said yes,” recalls Davies.
Adapted from Eugene McCabe’s classic novel of the same name, the three-part drama stars Ann Skelly (Red Rock), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall).
The nineteenth century period drama is set in the rural countryside of Fermanagh, Ireland, following young catholic Beth Winters (Skelly) and her dysfunctional relationship with her Protestant stepfather Billy Winters (Rhys).
1. A Discovery of Witches, Sky One and Now TV, Fridays, 9pm
Anita Gupta has been working in art departments for TV and film for over 20 years, from prop buying to production design and set decorating. She has worked on films and television dramas including A Monster Calls, Eric and Ernie, Endeavour and most recently Wonder Woman. In our latest Tea Break Tips video, Gupta talks about her day-to-day role, and the important skills and character traits you need to be a set decorator.
On 18 September 2016, Steve November has a problem. At 9:00pm that night, the slot arrives in ITV’s schedule that would normally be filled by the season premiere of Downton Abbey.
As Director of Drama for the ITV network, November has to find a replacement – Downton is ending, with the last ever episode to air this coming Christmas Day. And, given Downton’s blockbuster ratings performance, it’s going to be a fiendishly difficult act to follow.