In the same way plot-driven dramas are about the story, character-driven dramas revolve around characters.. That isn’t to say that you don’t have to worry about finding a great, dramatic story for the characters — you do. But the driving force of that story will be the characters. We tune in each week because we love these people, we hate these people, we can’t wait to see what’s going to happen to these people. We can’t get enough of these people, their worlds, and their emotional lives.

“My friend Claire Dobbin, who runs the Melbourne Film Festival, has a great name for the quality that I think is essential to good drama — and comedy for that matter: she calls it ‘the ache.’ ...

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