The Turkish-made TV drama called ‘Once Upon a Time in Cyprus’, set to focus on the events of 1963, is to air on April 1.
The series, which will depict events from 1963-1974, a period when intercommunal strife intensified, has been welcomed by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar who described it as “extraordinary”.
It is understood that the series will follow the lives of a Turkish Cypriot family, headed by a gum merchant, as they are engulfed in the violent period marked by the events following December 21, 1963, the outbreak of intercommunal troubles.
Thursday’s launch date is also symbolic as it coincides with Eoka’s campaign to end British colonial rule over the island, which began on April 1, 1955.
Recent trailers released for the TV series – Bir Zamanlar Kibris – by Turkish state broadcaster TRT1 show depictions of Makarios III, General Grivas and long-term former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.