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Paramount+ Orders Crime-Thriller Series ‘The Turkish Detective’

Paramount+ has announced the global series order of “The Turkish Detective,” a detective series set in modern-day Istanbul based on the CWA Silver Dagger Award-winning novels by Barbara Nadel.

The series, which will premiere on Paramount+ in 2023, is produced by Miramax and Turkish production company Ay Yapim, in association with VIS, Paramount’s international studio.

The eight-episode-long first season of the series is based on the 24-novel series and depicts the lead character Inspector Cetin Ikmen (Halik Bilginer), his partner Mehmet Suleyman (Ethan Kai) and Detective Ayse Farsakoglu (Yasemin Kay Allen) solving crimes and experiencing euphoric highs and tragic lows. Each crime story in the series is heavily rooted in the rich and varied culture and history of Istanbul and set against the world of modern-day Turkey.

The series is written and executive produced by Ben Schiffer and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, “Mr. Robot”). The series is also executive produced by Marc Helwig and Bill Block for Miramax; Kerem Catay for Ay Yapim; and Claire Sowerby-Sheppard for VIS.

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“’The Turkish Detective’ is a universally intriguing crime thriller set against the landscape of one of the most stunning, culturally rich cities in the world,” Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount+ original scripted series, said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing Barbara Nadel’s incredible novels come to life in this series for Paramount+’s growing global audience.”

“Miramax is thrilled to partner with Paramount+ to produce this riveting, contemporary drama series from writer Ben Schiffer and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev for a global audience,” Marc Helwig, Miramax’s head of worldwide television, said in a statement.

Production is set to begin in Istanbul in April. Outside of the markets where Paramount+ is available, the series will be distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

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