BBC hires The Turkish Detective

By Michael Pickard
May 29, 2024


The BBC has picked up Turkish/English crime thriller The Turkish Detective, an adaptation of the Inspector Ikmen novels by Barbara Nadel, to air later this year.

Set in modern-day Istanbul, the eight-part series follows the adventures of Inspector Çetin Ikmen (Haluk Bilginer), his partner Detective Mehmet Süleyman (Ethan Kai) and Detective Ayşe Farsakoğlu (Yasemin Kay Allen) going through ups and downs as they solve crimes, with each story rooted in the culture and history of the city and set against the frenzied world of modern-day Turkey.

Produced by Turkish production company Ay Yapim and distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution, it is written and executive produced by Ben Schiffer (Skins) and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), who also executive produces. Executive Producers for the series also include Kerem Çatay and Claire Sowerby-Sheppard.

The Turkish Detective will launch later this year on BBC iPlayer and TV channels.

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