Star TV has ordered more episodes of Avlu, the Turkish version of the hit prison drama Wentworth.
Following a deal between FremantleMedia International and Limon Film, Avlu debuted in Turkey on Star TV on March 29 and has become one of the channel’s most successful shows. The broadcaster is now extending the series with more episodes.
The FremantleMedia Australia-produced Wentworth has sold to 140 territories and has been adapted in the Netherlands (Celblok H), Germany (Block B: Unter Arrest) and Belgium (Gent-West), in addition to Turkey.
“We are extremely proud of the success Avlu has achieved so far and can’t wait to see even more of its suspense-filled action unfold. It’s fantastic to see the same compelling characters and gripping storylines of the original Australian drama coming to life in a completely new environment,” said Anahita Kheder, the senior VP for the Middle East, Africa and Southeastern Europe at FremantleMedia International. “It’s one of the most talked about dramas in the region right now, capturing not only the attention of audiences but international broadcasters too.”
Hayri Aslan, producer at Limon Film, added: ”Avlu is a story about women and their lives confined within the prison walls. Audiences have enjoyed following the characters’ happiness, sadness, friendship, hope and kindness if there is any left.”