Samir Ghanem's 'Fatouta' among TV classics revived this Ramadan

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 May 2016

Fatota was first revived in Ramadan 2015 as a radio programme titled Fatota Wa Samoura

Still from Fatota which was first screened in the 80s. (Photo: Still from YouTube)

Fatota, a famous TV classic from the eighties and starring Egyptian actor Samir Ghanem, is set to make a second come back during the holy month of Ramadan after it was first revived last year.

Instead of hitting the silver screen, Fatota will for the second year in a row entertain us through the radio waves.

Al-Ahram Arabic website announced that the radio programme, an adaptation of the TV series which was first screened in the eighties, will be broadcast by El Radio 9090 radio station, and is currently in the recording phase.

Fatota was first revived in Ramadan 2015 also as a radio programme titled 'Fatota Wa Samoura.' 

Starring alongside Ghanem will be Egyptian actor Amr Abd El Aziz in episodes scripted by Ahmed Darwish, and directed by of Wael Fahmy Abd El Hameed.

For his part, Ghanem announced that he agreed to undertake this project because it’s different from the original TV production, both in terms of content and style. This project, Ghanem hopes, will surprise the new generation of Egyptians who have not encountered Fatota before.

Another TV classic revisited this Ramadan will be the television series Layali El-Helmiya (The Nights of Helmiya), a drama that spanned between 1987 and 1995, and which starred an array of Egyptian actors including the late Egyptian actor Mamdouh Abdel-Aleem who passed away in January.

In late 2015, it was announced that the series would be revived with new episodes to be screened during Ramadan.

The new episodes, to be directed by Magdy Abu Emeira, will reportedly star a number of the original actors.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic website, the cartoon Essam Wa El Mosbah (Essam and the Lantern) will also make a comeback this Ramadan after a four-year halt since its second season hit the silver screen in 2012.

The cartoon stars Egyptian pop-singer Mostafa Ammar, and centers on the character of Essam, the younger brother of the fictional character Aladdin who decides to put off his dreams and aspirations until he finds a magic lamp. Starring alongside Ammar will be Engy Wegdan, Mohyi Ismail, Nesma Mahgoub and Mohamed Farid.

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