Arab audiences are eager to find out what the holy month of Ramadan will bring in terms of dramas scheduled for broadcast on satellite television channels.
Below is a compilation of the most prominent programmes that will be broadcast this month.
Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) will offer a wide range of Ramadan programming. The emotional drama series "Lil Hobi Wajhon Akhar" tells the story of a married woman tested by her personal relationships. It was written by Tony Chamoun, directed by Elie Maalouf, and stars Fadi Ibrahim, Nahla Dawood, and Majdi Mashmoushi.
The new version of the comedy "Adonya Heik", written by Michel Abu Sulaiman and directed by Nabil Asmar, brings together a famous cast including Amal Afeish, Youssef Fakhri, Youssef Shamel, Ghassan Rahbani, and Omar Mikati.
The Syrian drama "Waraa Al Shams" tackles the controversial decision to abort a fetus when parents discover that the child will be disabled early in the pregnancy. The series supports the rights of disabled people and calls on society to be supportive of the disabled. It was written by Mohammad al Assi, directed by Samir Hassan and stars Bassam Kousa, Siba Mubarak, Basel Khayat, and Muna Wassef.
"Asaad al-Warraq", written by Hozan Akko and directed by Rasha Sharbatji, returns to the 1920s when the French ruled Syria. Taim Hassan plays the title role and Amal Arafa plays his love interest.
"Zakirat al-Jasad", by Algerian writer Ahlam Mosteghanemi and Syrian director Najdat Anzour, stars Jamal Suliman and newcomer Amel Bouchoucha.
"Mawe’ed Maa al-Woohoush" is a story about weapons smugglers and drug dealers in Upper Egypt. It is written by Ayman Abdel-Rahman, directed by Ahmed Abdel-Hamid, and stars Khaled Saleh, Ezzat El-Alayli and Soheir El-Morshedi.
LBCI wil also re-run "Sarah", a drama about a husband's betrayal of his wife starring Cyrine Abdelnour, Youssef Haddad, Yusuf al-Khal, Nada Abou Farhat, and Majdi Mashmoushi. It was written by Claudia Marchelian and directed by Samir Habshi.
Future Television (Future TV) scheduled two series for Ramadan. "Zohra Wa Azwajouha al-Khamsah" is an Egyptian series written by Mustafa Moharam, directed by Mohammed al-Nakly that stars Ghada Abdul Razzaq, Hasan Youssef and Abeer Sabri.
The Syrian drama "Ma Malakat Aymanukum" combines several stories in different countries throughout the Middle East. One segment is about a Syria extremist involved in terrorist attacks and his relationships with women. Another story line addresses the lives of Arab women in a male dominated society.
Murr Television (MTV) presents the fifth and final part of the famous Syrian series "Bab al-Hara", directed by Bassam Al Mulla and Mo’men Al Mulla. It stars Sabah Jazaeri, Wafa Mousally and Wael Sharaf.
In addition, MTV will broadcast the "Qaddiyat Safiya" series, written by Ayman Salama and directed by Ahmed Shafiq, starring May Ezzedine, Tariq Lutfi, and Ahmed Al Saadi.
New Television (NewTV) will feature three series during the month of Ramadan.
"Al Dabbour" is written by Marwan Qawoq, directed by Tamer Isaac, and stars Samer Al-Masry, Mustafa al-Khani and Khaled Taja.
"Al-Khubz al-Haram" stars Abbas Al Nouri, Bassem Yakhour and Salma Al Masri.
The second part of the series "Ahl al-Rayah" tells a story about the heroic 19th century leader Abu Hassan, played by Abbas Al Nouri.
MBC1, the entertainment channel of MBC Group, will broadcast "Ayza Atgawez" and "Zohra Wa A'zwajiha al Khamsah", the Gulf drama "Lailat Eid", and "Bab al-Hara".
Gulf Series TV and Dubai TV
Gulf Series TV is showing a variety of programmes including: "Al-Aar", "Cleopatra", "Hawamir al Sahraa", "Ahl al-Rayah", "Al-Malika Nazli", and "Shamyyat". On Dubai TV viewers can watch "Asaad al-Warraq", "Bi Shamaa al Ahmar", "Waraa al-Shams", "Imrah Fi Wartah", and "Qesat Hob".