Within a few short years, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has become one of TV’s most vital voices – the writer and creator of confounding cat-and-mouse thriller Killing Eve , which upends convention at every turn and features two blazing performances at its core, and as the star, writer and creator of the filthy and ferociously funny Fleabag . In the brand new issue of Pilot TV , which arrives alongside Empire ’s April 2019 issue, we take an early look at the hugely-anticipated return of both shows in our Huge Spring Preview – your ultimate guide to the best that the box has to offer in the coming months.
Also inside the issue, we interrogate Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio on the crime drama’s thrilling return, chat with Steve Coogan about This Time With Alan Partridge , catch up with the Derry Girls ahead of Series 2, get a fresh look at David Fincher and Tim Miller’s unhinged Netflix show Love, Death And Robots , and get evangelical about the return of American Gods . Elsewhere, we get the inside story of Shane Meadows’ new Channel 4 series The Virtues , reuniting the British auteur with his This Is England star Stephen Graham, and a screenplay co-written by Jack Thorne. Oh, and we meet mega-star Richard Gere for the Pilot Interview, talking his transition to TV for the first time in his 40-year career with new BBC series MotherFatherSon .
Plus, we chart the cult success of Damon Lindelof’s celebrated apocalypse-drama The Leftovers , map Sherlock’s home-office at 221B Baker Street, lament the early demise of Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip , lock down the top 10 episodes of 24 , revisit the stirring finale of Angel – and take an in-depth look at how the character of Tony Soprano changed TV forever, with brand new Sopranos cast interviews.
It’s a jam-packed issue, and you’ll find it bundled in with Empire ’s Game Of Thrones celebration issue – the first time a TV series has led the cover of the magazine in its 30-year history, with a 21-page special marking the end of the generation-defining fantasy saga. Pick up your copy of Empire and Pilot TV when it hits newsstands on Thursday 21 February.