As the month of Ramadan approaches, the race begins among satellite channels in Kuwait to attract as many viewers as possible by presenting their best programmes.
This year Kuwait television channels are offering around 34 series, many of which are dramas, in addition to romance and comedy.
Actress Hayat al-Fahad will star in the series "Al-Jalib". She is the scriptwriter, and Said al-Hawari, a Jordanian, serves as director. The series' co-stars include Salah Al-Mullah, Hind Al-Balushi, Haya Shuaibi and others.
Actress Suad Abdullah decided to work with the writer Widad Al-Kawari in the series titled "A Second Chance".
Abdul Aziz Jassim will be her co-star along with several young actors including Ilham al-Fadhala, Mashari al-Ballam, Hussain al-Mansour, Bassima Hamada, Abeer Ahmed and Khaled Amin.
Amin told Al-Shorfa, "I always seek out new characters to play every year. The character I will be playing next Ramadan took up all my artistic effort as it is one of the more complex characters. When I was reading the script it reminded me of the late Egyptian actor Ahmed Zaki when he played the role of author Taha Hussein."
Amin will be starring in three drama series during the month of Ramadan including "Second Chance", "The Intruder", and "A Little Hope".
"That is why I made sure to diversify my roles so that all three are different and the audience will not get confused," he said.
Amin added, "Although I am opposed to the high volume of drama series broadcast during the month of Ramadan, the final decision is made by the producers regarding the timing. That is why I maintain a policy of diversification in the roles I play."
The much-anticipated drama series "Bou Karim and His Seven Women" will mark director Saad Al-Faraj's comeback to the world of Ramadan drama after a six-year absence. He collaborated with the writer Hiba Mashari Hamada.
The series features a host of young actresses including Fatima al-Safi, Shujoon, Lamia Tariq and Hiba al-Darri. Munir al-Zuhbi served as director.
Actor Yaqub Abdullah, who stars in "Handful of Grapes" and "The Supporter" this year, explained why producers focus much of their efforts on broadcasting during Ramadan.
He said, "During the past couple of years, drama productions focused on the Ramadan period because most producers do not want to risk spending their money on a series that will air at another time when they can successfully market their productions during Ramadan."
He added, "I prefer to participate in one performance during this month so as not to confuse the viewer with more than one characterization. However, I am convinced that an exceptional role speaks for itself even if I were to play more than one role."
Actress Abir al-Jundi stars in one series this year "High School Girls" and does not hold actors responsible for multiple appearances during Ramadan.
She said, "There are lots of factors involved, the most important of which is the producer who prefers that the series air when the most viewers are watching which, unfortunately, is exclusively during Ramadan."
She is willing to appear in more than one production at the same time as long as the roles are diverse.
Al-Jundi said, "An actor then has the opportunity to show off his skills, as opposed to amateurs who are intruders in this profession."