Egyptian Ramadan TV series feature both modern and historical dramas

[LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images] Egyptian actress Elham Shaheen stars in two dramas that will air on TV during Ramadan.

[LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images] Egyptian actress Elham Shaheen stars in two dramas that will air on TV during Ramadan.

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A wide variety of 40 Egyptian drama series will be broadcast during the upcoming month of Ramadan.

Familiar stars returning to appear in dramas include Yusra, Laila Ulwi, Elham Shaheen, Yahya Al-Fakharani and Nour Al-Sharif, as well several stars who were absent from television last season such as Nadia Al-Jundi and Fifi Abdu.

New stars appearing onscreen this season include singer Mohamad Fouad, May Ezzedine and Durra.

Topping the list is Yahya Al-Fakharani, who takes on a special project each Ramadan. He returns to the small screen with the series entitled "Sheikh Al-Arab Hammam Akher Mulouk Al-Sa'eed" (Sheikh of Arabs Hammam, Last King of the Countryside).

He portrays the character of Hammam Ben Yousef Al-Farshouti, who owned lands stretching from Al-Minya to Aswan. He ruled the entire region through martial councils during the late Ottoman era, a period that preceded Mohammad Ali and was noted for economic and social decay.

Elham Shaheen is presenting a series entitled "Imra'a fi Warta" (A Woman in Trouble), and she shares the leading role with artists Mahmoud Qabil, Sawsan Badr, Hussein Al-Imam and Abeer Sabri. The series revolves around Nada, a widow of one of a government minister, who belongs to the aristocratic class, falls in love with a businessmen and secretly marries him. He is killed suddenly and she is accused of his murder. This causes a clash with her only son when he discovers the truth of her secret marriage.

Shaheen is also presenting the series "Ma Ziltu Aanisah" (I Am Still Single) with Nashwa Mustafa, Azza Bahaa and Ulfat Imam. The series addresses spinsterhood in the Arab world. It will compete with a comedy entitled "Ayza Atgawiz" (I Want to Get Married) starring Hind Sabri who plays a young woman from the middle-class working as a pharmacist who wants to get married before she becomes 30.

Actress Laila Ulwi will appear in two series. The first one is "Captain Iffat" which was written by Dr. Mohamad Rif'at. Its events revolve around a widow, played by Ulwi, who assumes the responsibility for her three children and seeks to prove herself as a woman in society.

The second series is titled "Fatat Al-Ashirah" (The Girl of Ten O'Clock), co-starring Bassem Samra. The series was written by Hazem Al-Hadidi and its story focuses on the relationship between men and women, and the transgressions some husbands commit against their wives. It is the second part of the series "Hikayat Wbinisha" (Stories We Live) that was broadcast last Ramadan.

Yusra returns with a drama series that addresses a cause she adopted years ago, the proliferation of violence and extremism in Egypt and Arab societies. This year she presents a series titled "Al-Sham Al-Ahmar" (Red Wax) about a female medical examiner dedicated to help the police solve murder mysteries.

Nour Al-Sharif defies critics this year with the fourth part of the series "Al-Dali". Sawsan Badr stars along with Amro Yusef and Mahmoud Al-Jundi. The story in this fourth segment revolves around businessmen resorting to money laundering and investing in the early 1990s. The story completes the journey of the Al-Dali family which began in the first, second and third seasons. The series also discusses the most important political, economic and social events from 1985 to 1992.

Leading the list of works by the new generation of actors is the series "Al-Ar" (The Disgrace), starring actors Mustafa Sha'ban, Ahmad Rizk, Durra and Hasan Husni. The plot focuses on the secret world of the drug trade through a family that uses its leather tanning business quarters as a cover for narcotics.

Singer Mohamad Fouad is presenting his first work on the small screen in the series "Aghla Min Hayati" (More Precious than my Life) with Hanan Mutawe, Mohamad Al-Shaqanqiri, Hiba Majdi and Mohamad Lutfi.

Many Arab viewers are eagerly awaiting "Cleopatra", starring Sulaf Fawakherji and Fathi Abdel Wahab. The crew working on the series is seeking to explore different aspects of Cleopatra's personality that have not been seen in cinema before.

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    محمود

    2010-8-23

    The actress Elham Shahin is one of the best Arab actresses who played good roles in films and TV series. She has won great fame through her roles as the heroine, especially that she entered the world of acting at an early age, more than twenty years ago. This makes her one of the most famous Arab actresses all over the Arab world, and she has received several awards for her beautiful roles. Elham Shahin has the courage that enabled her to present significant and critical roles of many things. Many actresses do not play such roles well, but Elham Shahin was distinguished in all roles and she was able to present the role of the mother, the sweetheart, the deceptive woman and the cheap woman, as well as the woman who has a strong or tender personality. She has played all these roles very well.

  • مفيد سرحان

    2010-8-23

    The Egyptian TV series are the best choice to be watched and followed. The audience can enjoy the drama, historical events, romance, and humor implied in their performances. That is because the Egyptian TV series are distinguished from many other Arab TV series; although the Arab world has more than one source of high-quality works, such as the Syrian drama, which has been approaching the quality of the Egyptian drama in the hope of catching up with it. We also have the Jordanian, Iraqi, and Gulf drama. However, in my opinion, the Egyptian works will always remain at the forefront, and there are several reasons that make me side in favor of the Egyptian works. The first reason is the extra care on the part of the Egyptian directors in choosing the places and the music, as well as the superstars. You can find that all the Egyptian TV series contain superstars who are adored by the Arab audience. They offer wonderful performances, and many of them are known in all the Arab countries due to their well known fame and good performances, which they like in any of the roles. Hence, the followers of the Egyptian TV series are numerous, because they always have their favorite actors, who play a good and new role, which is different from what we see in other films or television shows.

  • Ihasan

    2010-8-17

    Egypt has an abundant production of the series and with different content and themes, but I find that it is difficult to give one opinion regarding such series, because some of them are good and deserve to be watched, while others are poor and are not worth watching, because they do not carry any content or any constructive and purposeful ideas to reach the audience, who follow those poor-quality series. That is because they want make profits at the expense of the artistic and meaningful message. I think in general that the Arab citizen finds himself forced sometimes to follow the Egyptian TV series, because there are many are showing on Arab satellite and local channels.

  • مجد سامر

    2010-8-16

    Television series in the month of Ramadan will consist mainly of riddles and dancing, which raise temptations and immorality and arouse the anger of many families and the citizens, because Ramadan is a sacred month where people want to get closer to God Almighty. Unfortunately, most satellite channels broadcast these programs and television series that incite corruption and dissolution. Besides, most of the stories revolve around murder, rape, gang activities and drugs. During this holy month, we must focus on religious series and cultural and religious programs that help the fasting person to focus on God. It must be noted that there are some channels that broadcast religious and historical series that all people follow. All TV show producers must do their best to broadcast these series that remind people of the history of their ancestors and their glory in the fight against corruption and dictators. They need to produce religious programs to educate Muslims in this sacred month. These religious and historic series have a special significance during the holy month of Ramadan. They reflect the past fraternal relationships between Muslims, living in the remembrance of God Almighty, not killing others, wasting money or following the wrong path. Thus, they sensitize people and the Arab citizen especially, and remind them of the punishment of God for those who commit bad deeds against their brothers. Thus, we must broadcast religious series and programs on satellite channels during the month of Ramadan and prevent series that give rise to temptations and cause trouble.

  • عبد عمران

    2010-8-10

    What is presented on the different Arab TV screens during the month of Ramadan is not commensurate with the sanctity of this great month for Muslims. In fact, we see that the different Arab channels are racing to present as many series as possible in this month, in order to gain and attract the largest number of viewers without taking into account the feelings of Muslims, especially in the month of Ramadan. We note that most of those serials broadcast in this month are indecent and do not observe decency and respect. Thus, they are not in line with what should be presented in this holy month, in terms of religious and historical serials, or at least social work to raise the human spirit and to raise awareness of the viewer or the recipient. The media needs to take advantage of the passion of the public in the month of Ramadan and present the best, consistent with the spirit and the sanctity of Ramadan. They must broadcast educational programs and serials in this month, in order to spread intellectual and religious awareness and to raise current issues, like that of terrorism, and to give the Islamic view on it. Thus, we would present decent and constructive programs. I do not know the origin of this strange phenomenon that we see every Ramadan. Various types of soap operas and Ramadan shows are indecent and do not respect the religious side of this Month, as if such programs were deliberately chosen and presented in the month of Ramadan to hurt Muslims and detract from the holy month of Ramadan, which urges Muslims to increase their acts of worship, to reject bad habits and to follow good morals. Thus, during the Month of Ramadan, educational and useful serials and programs should be broadcast, to urge people to do good things and to stay away from extremism.

  • 2010-8-9

    Yahya Fakharani is one of the master artists of the Arab art and art schools. He has performed a lot of roles in the Egyptian and Arab serials, as well as in the historical and modern films. He is also a skilled artist in performing roles, and is known for his tension while he is acting. He performed in many serials and was received many awards. He had left medicine and moved into acting, and all the actors want to stand with him on stage, because he is among the master artists, and many wish they could star with him in the Arab Egyptian serials. Among his most important roles are his roles in serials such as “El Helmiya Nights,” “The Years of Loss” and “The Arab Elders.” Yahya Fakhrani is good at performing all the historical and modern personalities. Indeed, he is able to impersonate any character, and he has a nice spirit in cooperating with directors and young actors. He also supports new young actors and helps them improve their acting and serial directing abilities. For all these reasons, he is an Arab master artist whose name is repeated in all the Arab forums and festivals, and he always gets awards in every festival.

  • lolo

    2010-8-8

    Leila Alawi, who is beautiful and has a transparent spirit, is a very good Egyptian actress. She is among the ones who began acting in her early childhood in TV programs. She started her career in the Theater at the age of five, and then she moved to the cinema, where she performed many roles in Arab films and serials. Leila Alawi also performed many romantic and seductive roles, for which she was severely criticized. But she is one of the distinguished actresses, and she has a strong presence in the Arab films and serials she presents. One of the most important roles she performed was in the film “I Love Cinema,” and in the serials “The Family” and “Let’s Dream of Tomorrow.” In fact, she performed a lot of distinguished roles and she also has a distinguished presence on stage, through the plays she has appeared in. Who in the Arab world does not know the beauty of Leila Alawi, who mesmerizes anyone who sees her? She is a well-respected actress who was given many awards for her distinguished works in every Arab festival. Thus, she was granted a high-ranking position in art; she is now the head of the jury committee in the Cairo Cinema Festival, and this proves that Leila Alawi is a respectable and beautiful actress, and influential in Arab art.

  • عبد الله

    2010-8-8

    In my opinion, this year will be better in getting closer to God as there is a lot of ... in the TV series!

  • نجم

    2010-8-8

    Most of the Egyptian serials broadcasted on TV nowadays are good, as they have good ideas. They raise the families or youths’ awareness, so that they will not engage in illegitimate activities. In fact, most of the serials speak about real stories or life experience. Thus, they are good and make citizens aware of their mistakes. These serials are based on refined acting that reflects a good image of the Arab artist who performs his role in a good way and makes viewers learn from stories and serials. On the other hand, many serials focus on criticizing real life conditions and the government, which forgets its people. The best of the Egyptian serials are those which speak about Egyptian leaders and ruling families. They inform citizens about the role these Arab leaders have played in emancipating the Arab societies from injustice and tyranny. Besides, Egyptian actors usually excel at impersonating roles of prominent figures who have had an impact on Arab history.

  • ورد الخان

    2010-8-2

    A blessed Ramadan to all, God willing, and a good and peaceful year for all the world.