Ramadan is but a few short hours away and that means one thing: mosalsal heaven. As always, Egypt's prolific TV industry dials things up a few notches, churning out some of the most popular TV shows in the Middle East. Over the last few years, Ramadan TV has become a platform for young actors to announce themselves to Egyptian audiences as well as an indulgence for more established actors; so there's plenty to please everyone.
Here's a roundup of the mosalsals that have been causing excitement amongst Cairo's couch collective.
Taht El Ard (Underground):
Written by: Hesham Helal
Directed by: Hatem Aly
Starring: Amir Karrara, Nabil Issa, Mahmoud El Guindy, Diaa Abdel Khalek, Rasha Mahdy
Betrayal, love and secrets are the key ingredients to any successful – or unsuccessful – Ramadan series, and Taht El Ard has plenty of each.
Airs On: El Nahar Channel
Ism Mo'aqat (Temporary Name):
Written by: Mohamed Soliman Abdel Malek
Directed by: Ahmed Nader Galal
Starring: Youssef El Sherif, Sherry Adel, Sherine El Tahan, Ramez Amir, Amr Abed, Dalia Mostafa, Zaki Fetin Abd El Wahab
Having starred in last year's award-winning Raqam Maghoul (Unknown Number), Youssef El Sherif is back as a successful businessman who decides to return home to Egypt after years of living abroad. However, after an accident that causes him amnesia, the course of his life takes a rather unfortunate turn.
Airs On: Mehwar and Dream
Moget Harr (Heatwave):
Written by: Osama Anwar Okasha
Directed by: Mohamed Yassin
Starring: Eyad Nassar, Hana Shiha, Maaly Zayed, Medhat Saleh, Khaled Selim, Amira El Aidy, Gehan Fadel
A mother of two sons is torn between her children's lives after the loss of their father. One son is a police officer whose ruthless nature at work spills into his marriage, while the other is a leftist revolutionary. Pure drama.
Airs On: MBC Masr and Dream
El Kebir Awy 3:
Written by: Mostafa Sakr, Mohamed Ezz El Din
Directed by: Ahmed El Guindy, Hesham Fathy
Starring: Ahmed Mekki, Donia Samir Ghanim, Mohamed Shaheen
Back for a third Ramadan, Mekki takes on the humourous role of El Kebir. This season of the popular comedy sees the oddball cast argue over their father's inheritance.
Airs On: CBC
Al 'araaf (The Fortune Teller):
Written by: Youssef Ma'aty
Directed by: Ramy Emam
Starring: Adel Emam, Hussien Fahmy, Mohamed Emam, Talaat Zakaria, Rasha Mahdy
Adel Emam plays the title character as a professional conman who manages to weed his way through the Egypt's political scene and cause havoc.
Airs On: MBC
Neeran Sadeeqa (Friendly Fire):
Written by: Mohamed Amin Rady
Directed by: Khaled Marei
Starring: Amr Youssef, Mona Shalaby, Rania Youssef, Kinda Alloush
Focusing on a group of close friends, Neeran Sadeeqa explores how time affects relationships. One for dreamy teenagers, maybe?
Airs On: MBC Drama
Hekayet Hayyah (Hayyah's Story):
Written by: Ayman Salama
Directed by: Mohamed Samy
Starring: Ghada Abdel Razek, Tarek Lotfy, Rogina, Ahmed Zaher
After being forced to return to Egypt and leave a life os success and wealth abraod, a headstrong businessman falls in love - but there's something he doesn't know. Goosebumps.
Airs On: Abu Dhabi
Mouled we Sahboh Ghayeb (Mouled Without a Leader):
Written by: Mostafa Moharam
Directed by: Sherine Adel
Starring: Hayfaa Wahby, Bassem Samra, Safeya El Emary, Mohamed Abu Dawood, Fifi Abdo
Telling the story of a poor girl who makes it big in the business world prior to the revolution, Mouled we Sahboh Ghayeb goes on to explore the corruptions and screts of the presedential regime.
Airs On: Hayat
Happy viewing and Ramadan Kareem, Cairo!