Egyptian megastar Adel Emam has started shooting his first scenes of Ramadan drama Valentino, directed and produced by his son Ramy Emam and written by Ayman Bahgat Qamar.
Emam, 78, is one of Egypt’s biggest film, TV and theatre stars. He has over four decades of box office hits and plays under his belt, but has recently been focusing on television drama, with most of his series directed by his son.
There were speculations over the past few weeks that Valentino had been postponed, but Egyptian Media Group have confirmed they had a deal with Rami's Magnum to broadcast it on one of their channels.
The series also features Dalal Abdel-Aziz.
The Ramadan television season will see a lot of changes this year due to new laws that limit the number of series, with the number of new productions expected to be below 20, down from the figures of around 70 in previous years.
Many TV stars will not be appearing this year, with some turning instead to theatre, for example Mohamed Henidy, Yehia El-Fakharany, Akram Hosni and Ahmed Amin.
Among the confirmed series this year are Shiko and Hisham Maged's Al-Loba, Hani Salama's Qamar Hady, Yasmin Abdel-Aziz's El-Maleka and Yasser Galal's Lams Aktaf.
Away from the Ramadan rush, several drama-makers have been expanding the current season with new series like Abou El-Arousa, Carmen, Telet Rouhy, in addition to the return of stars Ezzat El-Alaily and Mervat Amin in Qayed Aely.
Ramadan is expected to begin this year on approximately 5 May.
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