Netflix’s first Saudi thriller series is almost here

The new Saudi thriller will premiere in June. (Supplied)
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Updated 28 May 2020

Netflix’s first Saudi thriller series is almost here

DUBAI: Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series will be an eight-episode drama entitled “Whispers,” it has been revealed. The series will begin streaming on June 11, 2020 in 190 countries and will be subtitled in over 20 languages.

Produced by the Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi” and written by Roolan Hassan, the Hana Alomair-directed show tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch, whose mysterious past resurfaces days before the expected launch of his company’s new smart application. 

“We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” said Nuha Eltayeb, Director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix. “We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.”




The Hana Alomair-directed show tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch. (Supplied)

The series features a cast of newcomers from the Middle East that includes Shaimaa Al-Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, and Leila Arabi, in addition to actors Ali Al-Sharif, Osama Al-Qass, Mohamed Ali alongside seasoned actor Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

Alomair said in a statement: “‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great actor, Abdul Mohsen  Alnimer. The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it.”


Wedding gown of UK's Princess Beatrice goes on show

Updated 23 September 2020

Wedding gown of UK's Princess Beatrice goes on show

  • Also to go on display at Windsor will be Beatrice's wedding shoes, made by Valentino, and a replica of her bridal bouquet
  • However, the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which the queen wore for her own wedding in 1947 and lent Beatrice for the day, will not feature

WINDSOR, England: The gown worn by Britain's Princess Beatrice at her scaled down wedding two months ago goes on display to the public on Thursday at Windsor Castle where her "secret" marriage took place.
Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the castle to the west of London in July in a private ceremony without the usual pomp and fanfare that royal weddings usually attract.
The couple had planned to marry in May but the coronavirus lockdown, which restricted the number of guests, forced them to reschedule and have a low-key ceremony instead which was only attended by close family including the 94-year-old monarch.


For the occasion, Beatrice, 32, the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, the queen's second son, and Sarah, Duchess of York, wore a remodelled taffeta, ivory dress designed by Norman Hartnell which Elizabeth herself first wore in the 1960s and loaned to her granddaughter for the wedding.
The ninth-in-line to the British throne was reunited with her dress at the castle on Wednesday for a photocall to publicise the upcoming display.
"This royal wedding dress is particularly unique because I think it's the first time in royal history and certainly in modern royal history, say from the 18th or 19th century onwards, that an existing dress ... has been reworn and turned into a wedding dress," said the display's curator Caroline de Guitaut.


"So it's a very special, very unique piece."
Also to go on display at Windsor will be Beatrice's wedding shoes, made by Valentino, and a replica of her bridal bouquet. However, the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which the queen wore for her own wedding in 1947 and lent Beatrice for the day, will not feature.