Original Title: Uyanis: Buyuk Selcuklu
English Title: The Great Seljuks: Guardians Of Justice
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Genre: Historical, Drama, Action
Broadcast Network: Trt 1
Broadcast Period: 28 September 2020 –
Production Company: Akli Film
Director: Emre Konuk
Screen Writer: Serdar Ozonalan
Filming Locations: Istanbul, Turkey
The story takes place in the 11th century.
Meliksah (Bugra Gulsoy) is a young and courageous man who is the son of Sultan Alp Arslan (Serdar Kilic). He often participates in the campaigns of his father Alp Arslan together with his vizier Nizam al-Mulk (Mehmet Ozgur). Upon the death of his father, he accedes to the throne as the new sultan of Seljuk Empire. His life changes radically after then and he remains on the throne from 1072 to his death 1092.
At the same day of his father’s death, Meliksah also learns that his lover Basulu Hatun has died while giving a birth. Even though his new born son is alive, Meliksah cannot keep him for the sake of Seljuk Empire. Since the mother Basulu Haun is in exile, the baby is not considered as legitimate according to the rules. Hence, Meliksah makes a difficult decision and entrusts the guardianship of his son to his trustworthy vizier Nizam al-Mulk. He accepts not to see his son later on in order not to endanger the life of his son and the continuity of the throne.
Nizam al-Mulk gives a name of Sencer to this baby. He tries to do his best to keep him apart from the throne and manages to do that for a long time.
18 years later, Sencer (Ekin Koc) becomes a fearless, idealist, and courageous soldier. Even though he knows that his father is the sultan of Seljuk Empire, he stays away from him and does not reveal his identity. Sencer dedicates his life to serve for his country and starts to take on difficult tasks.
Out of pure coincidence, Sencer comes across to his father. He saves the life of Sultan Meliksah when he is about to be assassinated. As a result of his bravery, he becomes a bouncer of Meliksah and is awarded with a pureblood horse. Even though Meliksah does not know the true identity of Sencer, he trusts him and starts to give him important tasks.
After the failed attempt of the assassination, Meliksah wants to find the true culprits. When they investigate the assassins, they find the symbol of “eagle with two heads” on their bodies. This symbol belongs to Anatolian Turkoman. Thus, the leader of Anatolian Turkoman becomes the man culprit for the assassination against Meliksah.
In fact, the assassination is arranged by “batini” group. Hassan-i Sabbah (Gurkan Uygun) and his missionary leader Abdu l-Malik ibn Attash (Murat Garibagaoglu) look to restore the Fatimid Empire hence they do whatever it takes to weaken the Seljuk Empire. In order to set Seljuk Empire against its ally Anatolian Turkoman, they use the symbol of “eagle with two heads” in their assassins.
Sencer and vizier Nizam al-Mulk understand that the batini group is behind the assassination. However, they do not have any evidence to justify their views. Since they cannot persuade the council committee, Meliksah gives an order to bring the leader of Anatolian Turkoman to make a statement.
Meliksah’s son Muhammed Tapar (Ali Gozusirin) is assigned for this task. Sencer also accompanies his brother throughout their journey. When they arrive at the Anatolian Turkoman land, they see that their leader is a young woman Elcin (Leyla Lydia Tugutlu). Even though her father was killed by Seljuk Empire and her brother is taken captive by Seljuk Empire, Elcin does not rebel against Meliksah’s order. She does not want to go to a war and immediately accepts to appear before Meliksah to refuse assassination allegations.
Elcin’s arrival to the palace changes the balances between palace women: Meliksah’s wife Terken (Hatice Sendil) who comes from a noble family; Meliksah’s mother and the chief hatun Seferiye (Cigdem Selisik Onat); and Muhammed Tapar’s wife Gevher (Leyla Feray).
Meliksah tries to do his best within the palace and at the same time, fights against “batini” group, Byzantine Empire, and fellow rival states who seek to weaken the Seljuks.
Within this chaos, Sencer falls in love with Turna (Sevda Erginci) who is a successful healer at first sight. While he fights for the sake of Seljuk Empire, he also does his best for his love.
The Great Seljuks: Guardians of Justice (Uyanis: Buyuk Selcuklu) tv series story is about the rise of the Seljuks under Sultan Meliksah and his son Sencer. Will Sencer reveal his identity to his father Sultan Meliksah? Will Sencer and Turna get through all the obstacles on their ways? Will Meliksah and Sencer become successful for their fight against the Byzantine Empire and Hasan Sabbah? Will Elcin manage to prove her innocence and clear the name of Anatolian Turkoman?
The Great Seljuks: Guardians of Justice Tv Series Cast
Bugra Gulsoy as Meliksah
Ekin Koc as Ahmed Sencer
Hatice Sendil as Terken
Sevda Erginci as Turna
Leyla Lydia Tugutlu as Elcin
Ali Gozusirin as Muhammed Tapar
Leyla Feray as Gevher Hatun
Cigdem Selisik Onat as Seferiye
Serdar Kilic as Alp Arslan
Buse Meral as Mahmelek
Pinar Tore as Basulu
Mehmet Ozgur as Nizamulmulk
Bulent Alkis as Omer Hayyam
Cemal Toktas as Gazzali
Mehmet Bozdogan as Taculmulk
Ilker Kizmaz as Arslantas
Volkan Keskin as Bozkus
Janbi Ceylan as Aydogdu
Osman Sonant as Andreas
Nik Xhelilaj – Yorgos
Gurkan Uygun as Hasan Sabbah
Murat Garibagaoglu as Abdul-Melik bin Attas – Batini Leader
Ertugrul Postoglu as Korkut Ata
Erdem Akakce as Behram
Sifanur Gul as Gulperi
Taner Turan as Emir Ilteber
Official Site: https://www.trt1.com.tr/diziler/uyanis-buyuk-selcuklu
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/UyanisBuyukSelcuklu
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Dear director / producer,
I would like to see MelikShah and Sencer in all seasons – please do not change actors.