New Turkish Netflix series to air next week

The Gift, a new Turkish television series, is set to launch on video streaming company Netflix on Dec. 27, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday.

The eight-part mystery drama stars Beren Saat, Mehmet Günsür, Başak Köklükaya and Civan Canova.

Netflix’s second Turkish original narrates the story of a young painter in search of spiritual answers to a question that links her past to a symbol found in ancient ruins of Turkey’s Göbeklitepe, the world’s oldest temple.

“This is a story born in this part of the world, and Göbeklitepe plays the leading role in this narrative,” Saat told reporters during the series press screening on Tuesday. 

“The lead role in this story is actually Anatolia,” said Saat, an actor known for her performances in internationally acclaimed Turkish television series like “Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love)” and “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? (What is Fatmagül's fault?)”.

One of the directors of the series, Gönenc Uyanık, said he was proud that the show focused on the story of a powerful woman.

Göbeklitepe was officially inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) last year. 

The ancient site, estimated to be 12,000 years old, is made up of a series of circular and oval shaped structures with stone-age installations that are believed to have been mainly used for religious and ritual purposes. 

“The Protector”, Netflix’s first original series in Turkish starring actor Çağatay Ulusoy was launched last year in December. The streaming company announced it had signed a third Turkish original series by Turkish playwright and actor Berkun Oya in November.