Paramount+ announces a global series of THE TURKISH DETECTIVE, set in modern-day Istanbul based on BARBARA NADEL’s CWA Silver Dagger Award-winning novels featuring DI Ikmen and DI Suleyman

The eight-episode long first season of THE TURKISH DETECTIVE is based on the 21-24 novel series and depicts the lead character Inspector Cetin Ikmen (Haluk Biligner), his partner Mehmet Suleyman (Ethan Kai) and Detective Ayse Farsakoglu (Yasemin Kay Allen) solving crimes and experiencing euphoric highs and tragic lows. Each crime story in the series is heavily rooted in the rich and varied culture and history of Istanbul and set against the vibrant, dazzling and frenzied world of modern-day Turkey. 

The series will star Haluk Biligner, Ethan Kai and Yasemin Kay Allen. THE TURKISH DETECTIVE is produced by Miramax and leading Turkish production company Ay Yapim, in association with VIS, Paramount’s international studio.  

The series is written and executive produced by Ben Schiffer, and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Mr. Robot”). The series is executive produced by Marc Helwig and Bill Block for Miramax; Kerem Catay for Ay Yapim; and Claire Sowerby-Sheppard for VIS.

“THE TURKISH DETECTIVE is a universally intriguing crime thriller set against the landscape of one of the most stunning, culturally rich cities in the world,” said Nicole Clemens, President, Paramount+ Original Scripted Series. “We look forward to seeing Barbara Nadel’s incredible novels come to life in this series for Paramount+’s growing global audience.”

“Miramax is thrilled to partner with Paramount+ to produce this riveting, contemporary drama series from writer Ben Schiffer and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev for a global audience,” said Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television.

Production has begun in Istanbul and the series will premiere on Paramount+ in 2023, in all markets where the service is available. Outside of the markets where Paramount+ is available, the series will be distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.