Dirilis Ertugrul is a Turkish television series about Ertugrul Gazi, a Turkish chieftain who laid the foundations for the creation of the Ottoman Empire. Produced by Mehmet Bozdag, the first episode was broadcast back in 2014. Over 5 years 150 episodes have been broadcast on TRT1, the leading Turkish public television channel.
The series is set in the 12th century, in the provinces of Aleppo and Antakya. The central theme is the war between the Mongols and the Romans. It starts with the life of Suleyman Shah, moving on to Ertugrul Gazi: the grandfather and father of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish actor Altan Düzyatan plays the main role in the series.
Following its success in Turkey, Dirilis Ertugrul has been sold to 71 countries, in particular Pakistan, where it is an immense success. The series has been translated into 25 languages.
Recently, its success has spread to the internet. The YouTube account “TRT Ertugrul by PTV” had more than 100 million views in just two weeks. Today it has more than three million subscribers. The Twitter account linked to the series urges fans to keep up the buzz about it, to “make history by reaching 6.6 million subscribers by May 26th 2020.”
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