Alparslan: Büyük Selçuklu (English Title: Alparslan: Great Seljuk) is a Turkish historical drama series written by Serdar Özönalan, directed by Sedat İnci and produced by Emre Konuk. As a prequel to Uyanış: Büyük Selçuklu, it depicts the political events and wars during Alp Arslan’s rule as a Malik (prince) of the Seljuk Empire. In the series, Turkish actor Barış Arduç essays the lead role of Alp Arslan alongside Fahriye Evcen who portrays the female lead, Akça Hatun.
The series was filmed on the TRT International Film Studios at various locations including Sakarya, Istanbul, and Kocaeli. Turkish musician Gökhan Kırdar composed the opening theme while Kazakh musicians composed other music using instruments from the Turkic world. Alparslan: Büyük Selçuklu premiered on TRT 1 on 8 November 2021.
Alparslan: Büyük Selçuklu Synopsis
On the day that the Seljuk Sultan Tugrul Bey will appoint his heir, he receives the news that the Byzantines killed innocent Turks, including women and children. He orders an expedition to Anatolia. Mysterious assassins attack the Seljuk Meliks who went on a campaign. The traces of the attack take Alparslan (Barış Arduç) to a place he never expected. While Alparslan is after the assassins, he saves the life of a Turkmen girl named Akça Hatun (Fahriye Evcen), who escaped from Byzantine persecution.
However, he is unaware of the secrets Akça hides behind her beauty. The Byzantine Emperor sends General Dukas and Captain Romanian Diogenes to Ani to solve the problems with the Turkmen. However, the mistake made by Yannis, son of Ani Tekfuru Kekavmenos, causes Sultan Tuğrul to decide on war. Alparslan, who was given the good news of conquests in his dreams as a child, comes face to face with Byzantium in Pasinler with the Seljuk army. Pasinler will be the first step for Alparslan on his blessed path to open the doors of Anatolia to the Turks.
Alparslan: Büyük Selçuklu All Episode Summary
|Sultan Muhammed Alparslan
|Fahriye Evcen Özçivit
Where to watch
Various Websites are Translating this series in English subtitles. Below are the links to the site.