03. June 2016

Secrets of the Nile: Arabic “Grand Hotel” opens its doors on Ramadan

Munich, 03 June 2016. The Arabic version Secrets of the Nile of the international success-series Grand Hotel opens its doors as the top-event during Ramadan’s super-primetime. Egypt’s CBC starts the remake of the hit-series by Spanish production powerhouse Bambu Producciones and Atresmedia on June 6th. Other channels in the region will follow. During the month of fasting, Arabic channels traditionally show their top-of-the-line programs to profit from the record viewership numbers. Rising Egyptian star Amr Youssef (‘Sons of Rizk’) is starring in this crime drama written by Tamer Habib, directed by Mohamed Shaker Khedeir and co-produced by Beelink Productions and Eagle Films.

Also starring in Secrets of the Nile is Dina El-Sherbiny, Ahmed Dawood (‘Hepta: The Last Lecture‘) and Anoushka, the series takes place in an iconic Egyptian hotel frequented by society’s elite circling around dangerous secrets and lies, intrigues, love stories, inheritance struggles and false suspicions.

The Arabic remake stands in a row of successful adaptions, led by the Italian ‘Imperial’ (12xone hour) on RAI and ‘El Hotel de los Secretos’, the Spanish language version by Televisa USA. The original (three seasons, 39x70’/66xone hour) was aired on Spain’s Antena 3 with constantly 3.5 million viewers and a market share of nearly 20% and was honored with numerous national TV awards. The series has been sold by Beta Film in over 90 territories; the company also handles the remakes.