‘Woman’ already has a substitute. Antenna 3 has begun to promote the arrival of a new Turkish production with which it hopes to repeat the success of its predecessor. It is about ‘Bir Zamanlar Çukurova’, which in our country will take the title of ‘Bitter Lands’.
Starring, among others, by Vahide Perçin, Murat Ünalmis, Ugur Günes and Hilal Altinbilek, ‘Tierra amarga’ has been successful in more than 30 countries around the world since its launch in 2018. Atresmedia’s new bet will surprise viewers from the first moment. ‘Tierra amarga’ is the biggest blockbuster of the last decade; a series highly praised for its setting in the 70s, for its locations, and for the enormous work behind its wardrobe.
The series currently has three seasons, but could renew its continuity
‘Bitter Land’, produced by Tims & B Productions for the ATV channel, is a three season composite drama. The first had 35 episodes; the second, 28; and the third, which will end its broadcasts on June 24, will say goodbye with 39 episodes. The Ottoman fiction has filmed a total of 102 installments, although, according to various local media, it seems that it will extend its success with a fourth season that very few viewers expected at this point.
Fiction, yes, has suffered the departure of some of the main actors in its last season, so future installments will feature a renewed cast, as has happened with the third and final season of ‘Mujer’.
The episodes of ‘Bitter Land’ last approximately 140 minutes, so if Antena 3 repeats the strategy of its Turkish fictions and divides each episode by two ‘Bitter land’ could exceed 200 deliveries in our country. If the audience supports this new bet by Atresmedia, Telecinco you could find yourself in serious trouble again.
Promo for ‘Tierra Amarga’. (Atresmedia)
What is ‘Bitter Land’ about?
‘Bitter land’ is the story of a legendary love that begins in Istanbul during the 1970s and continues in the fertile lands of Cukurova, Adana (a city in southern Turkey). The series demonstrates the resilience of love and kindness amid a series of turbulent events.
Zuleyla (Hilal Altinbilek) is a beautiful young woman who lives in Istanbul together with her stepbrother Veli (Mustafa Açan) and his sister-in-law. She works as a tailor in a well-known district of Istanbul and dreams of one day marrying her boyfriend Yilmaz (Ugur Gunes). Yilmaz works as a car mechanic. After the death of his family he was raised by his teacher. Yilmaz is not in a wealthy position, but he is willing to do anything in order to make Zuleyha happy.
Zuleyla and Yilmaz want to get married as soon as possible and start a new life together, however, Something unexpected will happen and they will end up as victims of fate.
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Zuleyha’s stepbrother, Veli, ends up selling her to a criminal gang to pay off his gambling debt. Yilmaz does not sit idly by and kills the gang boss to rescue the woman he loves. After this death, Yilmaz decides to flee Istanbul to save his life, but first decides to leave Zuleyha in the custody of his teacher. The woman opposes their separation and together they flee, leaving all their dreams behind.
Yilmaz and Zuleyha end up in Adana, a city in southern Turkey, where they will try to settle, hiding their true identity. There, Yilmaz meets an old acquaintance and ends up, along with his girlfriend, working on the fruitful lands of the Yaman farm. They both present themselves as brothers so as not to raise any suspicions.
Landowner Demir (Murat Unalmis) is a handsome young man who has studied in Berlin, Germany. Demir is a modern and passionate man who aims to bring mechanization to agriculture in order to become the most powerful man in Adana. He dedicates all his time to his work, however, his life changes drastically after meeting Zuleyla. Demir will be attracted to Zuleyha, unaware that she is in love with another man.