Turkish drama Magnificent Century, which a New York Times blogger described as "a sort of Ottoman-era 'Sex and the City'", is hugely popular in Turkey and the Middle East.
The TV show is set during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and depicts the sultan cavorting in the altogether with various nubile ladies in his harem (one of which eventually became his wife) - as well as heralding in a new political and cultural era for his Turkish homeland, of course.
The show's ratings are through the roof, with 150 million tuning in to watch each week. But there's one Turk who won't be tuning in each Friday for new installments: PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is so annoyed at the way the sultan is depicted he has urged legal action against the series.
|The Sultan takes time out from his busy harem schedule to pose for publicity shots for The Magnificent Century.|