Updated on Thursday 22 April 2021
Please note: This show was yanked by SABC3 after only three episodes without any explanation. The third and final episode aired on Thursday 15 April.
It was replaced by Orphans of a Nation, which now airs Mondays to Fridays at 18h30 instead of Mondays to Wednesdays at 18h30.
For more about what happened, please see: The Red Room ripped as SABC3 struggles to be S3
So you know about The Estate
and Orphans of a Nation
on SABC3 but what about the channel's third novela The Red Room?
It premieres on Thursday 8 April at 18h30, with new episodes every Thursday and Friday, and it's a Turkish series set at a therapy clinic.
Of most importance is the fact that the cases the therapists deal with are based on real life stories. The series is based on the real life experiences of an Istanbul doctor and writer Gülseren Budayicioglu.
It's called The Red Room (Kirmizi Oda in Turkish) because this is the colour of the office of the head honcho therapist Doctor Hanim.
Each episode features the stories of the patients, while at the centre of the drama is the team of therapists in the clinic, and their own personal issues.
Meet each of them here:
Played by Binnur Kaya
She owns the clinic and is the head therapist. A strong and confident woman, she is highly respected by her colleagues and her clients. She allows them to open up and talk about even their most traumatic experiences and troubling thoughts.
Outside of her office though, we notice she is a quiet and earnest woman - and we soon learn that she has many personal troubles of her own.
She is known as "The Doctor".
Played by Tülin Özen
A therapist and a mom with two children. She’s charismatic, attractive and confident. She is still in mourning for her husband though she doesn’t like to show it in public.
In time she starts to show some romantic feelings towards her colleague Denis - but as it was his wife that took such good care of her husband in the latter stages of his life, she doesn’t dare to come between them.
Played by Burak Sevinç
A child therapist. He's good looking, even though he doesn’t put so much effort into his looks. He is very good with chidlren; his therapy room looks more like a kindergarten: Legos, teddy bears, kids’ drawings, colourful pillows are everywhere.
But while he loves working with children, his wife is too focused on her career to provide him with a family at home. He is the only one who has known “The Doctor” for some time as they studied together at medical school.
Played by Meric Aral
A brilliant young psychiatrist who was always a star student and now works alongside her former tutor “The Doctor”.
As well as being the rising star of the clinic, Ayse has heavy responsibilities at home, taking care of her family, with her mother suffering from a long term illness and her father having passed away when she was in high school.
Played by Halit Özgür Sari
Murat is a young attractive therapist. He is used to being popular among women. He has a good relationship with his parents and sibling. He’s calm, social and kind.
However he has never been the “best” at anything, he only managed to be average. He always brags about how he doesn’t believe in love, but this will change when he meets Piraye.
Over, time his feelings - even only platonic - will help him to mature and even affect his skills as a doctor.
You'll find the first teasers here: New! The Red Room Teasers - April 2021