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.