This upcoming Ramadan, OSN has revealed that it will be airing 12 brand new Arabic series, five of them exclusive to the network.
OSN’s Ramadan content will see the region’s biggest stars coming together, including Lamyaa Tariq, Abdulallah Bushereih, Cyrine Abdelnour, Ghada Abdulraziq, Sulaf Fawakhirji, Abed Fahed, Ahmed Mekky, Magie Bu Ghusun, to name a few.
The pay-TV network also has several surprises in store including a pre-Ramadan series preview, whereby the first two episodes of the five exclusive series to be telecast on OSN will be aired a week before the start of Ramadan.
Khulud Abu Homos, executive VP, Programming & Creative Services, OSN, said: “In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region, we are showing the first two episodes of the five exclusive Ramadan series a week before Ramadan. The ‘early preview service’ enables viewers to gain a comprehensive overview of what to watch during the Holy Month. We understand that the coming month is hectic and that is why we have planned to announce the line-up in advance in order to make life easier for our subscribers.”
Another feature exclusively on OSN is ‘Ma Fatak TV’, a catch-up service, launched especially for Ramadan, allowing subscribers to watch over 20 Arabic drama shows at their convenience. ‘Ma Fatak TV’ is accessible both on the OSN Plus HD, and via OSN Play, the online viewing platform.
In addition, with OSN’s ‘Series Link’ feature, viewers can record any show of their choice directly from the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and watch it later at their convenience. Little ones are also assured of all the fun with blockbuster movies and the most popular animation movies to be screened daily at 3pm KSA through Ramadan.
Khulud added: “Ramadan celebrates the values of family togetherness and solidarity. Our programming as well as advanced technology features are aimed at maximising quality family time. It also takes into consideration the time that is diligently set aside for religious obligations and cultural traditions during the Holy Month. Furthermore, OSN enables subscribers to carefully select the family content they wish to see, providing greater control and flexibility on TV viewing during Ramadan.”
Find out which exclusive Arabic TV series you can look forward to on the next page...
Top Ramadan highlights on OSN Yahala channels include a wide variety of choices – and all available to watch anytime and anywhere.
This year’s line-up is headlined by the mega production - Zawaj Bel Ekrah S1 - a controversial drama featuring Zeina and Ahmed Fahmy and touching upon contentious issues such as forced marriage, love and greed. A captivating dramatisation that is a must watch and exclusive to OSN.
Al Boyout Asrar S1 is another exclusive thrilling Egyptian drama that starts with a mysterious murder of a chef, who turns out to have four simple housekeepers tangled in a web of trouble that eventually leads to secrets unfolding and relationships colliding. The new show is much awaited as celebrities Iten Amer, Hana Sheha, Shery Adel and Nesreen Imam come together.
Uryudu Rajoulan S2, based on the eponymous novel, is an Egyptian dramaturgy tackling one of the most sensitive issues a marriage could face: that of a second wife who bears a son, much to the heartburn of the first wife. It is a conflict between pride and love that seeks to tackle a tough issue in a modern home through a story that will enrapture viewers. Watch the show exclusively on OSN starring the renowned actor, Eyad Nassar.
In its fifth season and back by popular demand, the Egyptian comedy starring the gifted Ahmed Mekky, Al Kabir S5, will guarantee entertainment and laughter for all on OSN Ya Hala HD. This season, the three brothers return after meeting their fourth brother from Sudan presenting stories that promise non-stop laughter.
Another compelling drama, also on OSN Yahala HD, is Al Kaboos starring superstar Ghada Abdulraziq. The emotion-packed series revolves around a grieving mother who tries to find the people who killed her son and avenge him.
Other shows include Tareqi, starring Shereen Abdul Wahab, in which a girl decides to pursue her dream of singing despite her mother’s control over her.
From the Gulf is the exclusive show, Fi Amal, starring Lamyaa Tariq and Abdullah Bushereih, which narrates the imminent clash between dreams and reality, when a group of larger-than-life girls finds out that dreams don’t necessarily come true. A tangled web of complicated relationships and mixed feelings is on display in this riveting drama.
Hal Manayer, starring Hayat Al Fahed, is about a poor mother of three girls and a son who has nothing but her black heart and sharp mind. She is forever trying to find ways to become rich, without regard for others.
The line-up also includes Wa Mahyay S3, hosted by Dr. Walid Fatehi, who continues on his mission of inspiring people to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Pan Arab drama
24 Carat is the exciting Pan Arab drama that tells the story of a complicated love triangle that involves a diamond trader who is shot and thrown into the sea only to be a found by a simple girl who falls in love with him, but knows nothing of his dark past. Available exclusively on OSN, the show stars the hugely popular Cyrine Abdelnour, Abed Fahed and Magie Bu Ghusun.
Also to look forward to is the mega production Nadi Al Sharq starring Jamal Sulaiman, BassemYakhour, Basel Khayyat, Kais Sheikh Najeiband, and Amal Bshousha. The gripping series is an adapted format of ‘The Godfather’ highlighting not only the events happening today, but it deals with the period before the revolution. It also shows how politicians control people’s interests according to their own desire.
Another must watch this Ramadan is Bi Entizar Al Yasmine, which depicts the heartwarming tale of a group of war victims and their daily struggles after they lose everything. A key attraction for the show is Suluf Fawakhirji who plays the lead.