A promising and assertive Turkish drama on TV is about to sail very soon. The name of this Turkish TV drama is “Barbaroslar” (the captain of the seas in the Ottoman Empire and his other sailor brother).
The TV series that we are going to talk about is a giant production on TV just like its similar Diriliş: Ertuğrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul). As in previous Turkish historical dramas, this one will also focus on a particular period of the Ottoman era. However, we will witness a lot of wars on the seas particularly.
So, let’s take a closer look at this huge production that will be on TV in the following months.
What is the Story of Barbaroslar?
First of all, the historical TV drama Barbaroslar is an upcoming Turkish historical fiction television series. The creator of the production is ES Film. The TV drama stars some of the best Turkish actors and actresses. The lead stars are Engin Altan Düzyatan and Ulaş Tuna Astepe. He was, by the way, the leading character in Sen Anlat Karadeniz (Tell You the Black Sea). The main focus of the Turkish series is the life of Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha, a “Kapudan Pasha” of the Ottoman Empire (captain or the master of the seas).
The Turkish TV show focuses on the life of Hayreddin Barbarossa and his other sailor brothers. In the series, the audience will be watching the life of Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha. He, by the way, helped to found the unforgettable empire of the Ottoman Empire. Hayrettin Pasha, he is commonly known as “Kaptan-ı Derya” in the history books, ensured Ottoman supremacy in the Mediterranean. As for the biggest supporter of Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha, who succeeded to dominate all the coasts, it was his brother Oruç Reis.
Roughly, it is a story of how the Mediterranean turned into a Turk lake.
Technical Facts for Barbaroslar
What most draws our attention is the powerful writer team of the series. Cüneyt Aysan, Ozan Aksungur, and Oğuz Ayaz are the screenwriters of this fictional historical drama. As for the filming location of the series, it is being filmed in Istanbul. However, in collaboration with Algeria, some of the scenes will be filmed in the Algerian Maghreb. The filming of the series began in the last weeks of March 2021.
The historical TV drama includes some of the most talented Turkish actors and actresses. Even though the casting of the actors is still in progress, we have already known some of them. Engin Altan Düzyatan and Ulaş Tuna Astepe are the leading stars of the series.
As for the supporting roles, Erhan Ünlütürk, Belçim Bilgin, İsmail Filiz, Batuhan Bayar, Caner Topcu, Yetkin Dikinciler, and Yiğit Özşener are some the names we know so far. For now, Barbaroslar seems to be one of the most assertive TV series in the news season with both its casting and the story.
In the Meantime, …
Since the Turkish actor, Engin Altan Düzyatan has a great reputation in the Middle Eastern countries with his role in Diriliş Ertuğrul, foreign countries are also waiting for the new series with great excitement.
The Release Date of the Series
We expect that the series is going to be on TV as of September 2021. The Turkish drama will probably have 5 or 6 episodes, and to be aired as soon as the filming is complete. It was on 20 June 2021 when the producers released the first teaser trailer for the series.
It is not for sure, but the release day of the series, on the other hand, will be on Friday.
Barbaroslar on Social Media
The quick way to understand the popularity of the series is to make a quick search on social media. There are already a lot of official and fan accounts in the name of the Barbaroslar series. So, here are some of them for you to follow and be informed of the latest informations.
Bonus: Barbaros as a Historical Figure
- Hayreddin Barbarossa (or Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha) is also famous as Hızır Hayrettin Pasha, and simply Hızır Reis.
- He lived between 1466/1478 – 4 July 1546.
- He was an Ottoman corsair (pirate) and later admiral of the Ottoman Navy.
- His biggest accomplishment was his victories that secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century.
- Following his brother Oruç’s death in 1518, Khizr inherited his brother’s nickname, “Barbarossa” — Barba (beard) and rosa (red) (“Redbeard” in Italian).
- He also received the honorary name Hayreddin (from Arabic Khayr ad-Din, “goodness of the faith” or “best of the faith”).
- When the calendar showed 1529, Barbarossa retook the Peñón of Algiers from the Spaniards.
In conclusion, Barbarossa was the grand admiral of the Ottoman Navy and he left his mark on the modernization of the navy. For the sake of his name, according to some historians, the Mediterranean became a Turkish lake in the mid of 16th century. And so, the Ottoman Navy gained great accomplishments on the sea.