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The Cairo Trilogy is a radio serial by Ayeesha Menon, based on the novels of Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006 as an installment of the Classic Serial, and was recorded on location in Eygpt[1].

Part One - Palace WalkEdit

First broadcast 15 October 2006[2]

PlotEdit

The First World War is ending, and then there is a popular uprising in March 1919, when the eldest son Fahmy joins the nationalist cause.

CastEdit

  • Old Kamal....Omar Sharif
  • Young Kamal....Karim Fouda
  • Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawab....Ihab Sakkout
  • Amina....Caroline Khalil
  • Fahmy....Mena Reda
  • Yasin....Tamer Nasrat
  • Miriam....Ola Roshdy
  • Other cast members: Rena Malak, Yara Goubran, Zeinab Moubarak, Maryam El Khoshed, Nairy Avedissian, Ekram Zalat, Sherif Nour, Shirine El Ansari, Salah Fahmy, Yeve Youssef, Sedky Sakhar, Dina Nadim, Ahmed Nour, Saymaa Shalan, Radwa Elgabry, Mika Thabet, Hany Seef, Hugh Sowden.

Part Two - Palace of DesireEdit

First broadcast on 22 October 2006

PlotEdit

The late 1920s see Egypt nominally independent but still under British influence. In the mid 1930s, an outbreak of typhoid has a tragic effect on the family.

CastEdit

Part Three - Sugar StreetEdit

PlotEdit

The Second World War has a devastating effect on the family business and one of the grandchildren is sucked into radical Islam.

CastEdit

  • Old Kamal....Omar Sharif
  • Kamal....Amr Waked
  • Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawab....Ihab Sakkout
  • Ahmad....Sedky Sakhar
  • Munim....Ahmed Nour
  • Sawsan....Dina Nadim
  • Badur....Radwa Elgabry
  • Other cast members: Tamer Nasrat, Rena Malak, Caroline Khalil, Yara Goubran, Zeinab Moubarak, Ola Roshdy, Nairy Avedissian, Ekram Zalat, Sherif Nour, Salah Fahmy, Yeve Youssef, Sedky Sakhar, Dina Nadim , Saymaa Shalan, Radwa Elgabry, Mika Thabet, Hany Seef, Hugh Sowden.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"John Dryden has, without a doubt, created one of the greatest Egyptian radio dramas. So far, reviews have been dazzling with some critics calling it one of the best dramas ever made." - Joseph Fahim[3]

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. http://www.radiolistings.co.uk/programmes/c/ca/cairo_trilogy__the.html
  3. The Daily News Egypt

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