PODCAST | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 2): Turkey

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In this limited series hosted by Crushing On's Caryn Welby-Solomon, we explore TV from around the world.

In episode two, we discuss the rise of Turkish telenovelas in South Africa. Turkey is the world's second-highest television exporter after the US.

In an interview with The Guardian, Dr Arzu Ozturkmen, who teaches oral history at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, said that the programs are not soap operas, or telenovelas, or period dramas: they are dizi - a "genres in progress."

Izzet Pinto, the head of distributor Global Agency said the appeal of dizi is the "combination of family stories with big talents and directors, and great music", according to TRTWorld.

Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish telenovelas have been so successful over the past five years that they've spawned a new cottage industry of Afrikaans-language dubbing with new work for South African actors and voice artists. In May kykNET&Kie (DStv 145) added Turkish telenovelas to their line-up.

Welby-Solomon is joined by actor/director Denver Vraagom, voiceover artist for dubbed Turkish content on eVOD and kykNET.


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