How Jed Mercurio Makes Realistic TV Dramas

The creator of Line of Duty and executive producer of Bloodlands discusses the signature qualities of his work.

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to TV writer Jed Mercurio, who created the hugely popular U.K. police procedural Line of Duty and recently executive produced the drama series Bloodlands. In the interview, Jed explains what an executive producer does and discusses some of the signature qualities of his work. He also tells the story of how he became a doctor before trying his hand at writing for television.

After the interview June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about Jed’s career pivot. Then they get some creative wisdom from writer Roxane Gay.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jed talks about why British TV writers rarely work in U.S. writers rooms.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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