“The Turkish TV series “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century), which has become one of the most popular productions in Turkey and increased people’s interest in Ottoman history, is opening to the world, daily Radikal reported.
No other Turkish series, which will be broadcast in 40 countries this month, is carried in so many areas around the world.
“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” was introduced to the world last year during the MIPTV Television Fair in Cannes. The series drew great interest from many international channels and will now be distributed in 40 countries, 22 out of which are in the Middle East.
The series was first broadcast overseas in Slovakia and Czech Republic and became very successful, reaching a 45 percent rating within a short time. Last week, the series began airing in Macedonia and was soon drawing 32 percent of viewers and bringing its carrier to the top of the country’s ratings competition. It has also gained a large number of viewers in the Middle East.
Goal is 60 countries
“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” is also opening up to the world in new regions as a significant brand; the goal of the series is to reach 60 countries this year, according to officials.
The series will start broadcasting on Russian channel Domashniy on Jan. 14, Anatolia news agency reported.
Long popular on Russian social sharing websites, the series was introduced by the channel with the motto, “Palace decoration, magnificent dresses and unbelievable success on earth. The story of concubine Roksalana, who stole the heart of the sultan: Roksalana and Süleyman.”
Starring Halil Ergenç, Meryem Sarah Üzerli, Okan Yalabık and Nebahat Çehre, the series moved to Star TV this month and added actor Mehmet Günsur to its team.
Produced by TIM’s Productions and directed by the Taylan brothers, the series’ script is written by Meral Okay.”
Source : Hürriyet Daily News