Diriliş: Ertuğrul (English: The Revival: Ertuğrul) is a Turkish historical adventure television series created by Mehmet Bozdağ, starring Engin Altan Düzyatan in the title role. It is filmed in Riva, a village in Beykoz, intracity district of Istanbul, and premiered on TRT 1 in Turkey on December 10, 2014. The show is based on the history of the Oghuz Turks and takes place in the 13th century and centers around the life of Ertuğrul, the father of Osman I, the leader of the Ottoman Turks and the founder and namesake of the dynasty that established and ruled the Ottoman Empire. While only a small principality during Ertuğrul's lifetime, would prevail as a world empire under his son's dynasty for the next six centuries after his death.
With the Mongol invasions, oppression and slaughters, Turkic tribes flee from Central Asia. The Kayi tribe is one of Oghuz Turkic people with four hundred large nomad tents settling in Anatolia. But they get through a difficult time due to famine. All these nomads want to migrate to a better place where they can start a new life. Suleyman Shah (Serdar Gökhan) is the leader of the Kayi tribe and his two sons Gündoğdu and Ertuğrul are loyal to him.
Ertuğrul (Engin Altan Düzyatan) is a young brave man and the younger son of Suleyman Shah. He often goes hunting with his three close Friends. One of these days, they come across prisoners taken by the knights of the Knights Templar. Ertuğrul and his three men save the lives of a young girl named Halime (Esra Bilgiç) and her family from the knights and kill them all.
They bring them to their tribe without knowing their true identity. Halime and her family belong to a noble family of the Seljuk Empire and were to be executed if Ertuğrul did not save them. Due to the fear of being caught, they do not reveal their true identity. However, their arrival brings new difficulties to the Kayi tribe: the Seljuk Empire is threaten to have war if they do not let their guests go and the Knights Templar is seeking for revenge. For this reason some nomads start to blame Suleyman Shah for not being able to be a good leader. This suits up well for Kurdoğlu, swore brother of Suleyman Shah, who has a hidden agenda. Suleyman Shah takes action and sends Ertuğrul on a vital mission for finding new land. For this reason, Ertuğrul and his three men go to Aleppo in order to make an agreement with the Sultan. They set off a chain of events that ultimately will lead to the founding of the Ottoman Empire.
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
26 December 10, 2014 June 17, 2015
35 September 30, 2015 June 8, 2016
? October 26, 2016 ?
Cast and characters
Played by Character Description
Engin Altan Düzyatan
The father of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. Son of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun.
Wife of Ertuğrul and the mother of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. She is the daughter of Shahzade Numan, noble family of the Seljuk Empire.
Mother of Ertuğrul and Gündoğdu. Wife of Suleyman Shah and grandmother of Osman I.
Gündoğdu Ambitious son of Suleyman Shah and older brother of Ertuğrul.
One of the Commanders of the Mongols,appointed by Ögedei Khan to expand Mongol power further in that area.
Korkut Bey Leader of the Dodurga tribe and older brother of Hayme Hatun.
Son of Korkut Bey. Commander of the Dodurga tribe and cousin of Ertuğrul and Gündoğdu.
Geyikli Lives in the forest. Helps Ertuğrul on his quest.
Andalusian Sufi mystic and spiritual leader of the East. Helps Ertuğrul and his friends.
Leader of the Kayi tribe and father of Ertuğrul and Gündoğdu, grandfather of Osman I.
Turgut Alp Loyal war friend of Ertuğrul and best friends with Bamsi Beyrek and Doğan Bey.
Aykız Wife of Turgut Alp and spiritual daughter of Hayme Hatun.
Selcan Hatun Wife of Gündoğdu and daughter in law of Hayme Hatun and Suleyman Shah.
Gökçe Little sister of Selcan Hatun. She has feelings for Ertuğrul.
Efrasiyab Iranian merchant. Cooperating with Noyan.
Deli Demir The blacksmith of the tribe. Good friends and loyal to Suleyman Shah. Has a strong personality.
Kurdoğlu Swore Brother of Suleyman Shah and leader of many nomad families of the Kayi tribe. Has a hidden agenda.
Abdurrahman Loyal war friend of Ertuğrul. Special commander of Hayme Hatun and good friends with Turgut Alp, Doğan Bey and Bamsi Beyrek.
Bamsi Beyrek Loyal war friend of Ertuğrul and best friends with Turgut Alp and Doğan Bey.
Cavit Çetin Güner
Doğan Bey Loyal war friend of Ertuğrul and best friends with Turgut Alp and Bamsi Beyrek.
Afşin Bey Loyal Commander of the Seljuk Empire.
Shahzade Numan Banned and exiled prince of the Seljuk Empire. Father of Halime Hatun.
Petruccio Manjini, Üstad-ı Azam Knights Templar Grand Vizier of the Order Council. His main purpose is to perish the Muslims and take back Jeruzalem.
Titus Commander of Knights Templar. Seeking revenge to kill Ertuğrul for killing his little brother.
Shahzade Yiğit Son of Shahzade Numan and little brother of Halime Hatun.
Mehmet Emin Inci
Emir El-Aziz The Sultan of Aleppo, grandson of Salah Ad-Din Ayyubi.
Şahabettin The uncle of Sultan El-Aziz.
Akçakoca Leader of some of the nomad families of the Kayi tribe and friend of Suleyman Shah.
Claudius (Ömer) A great Knight that was assigned to assassin Ibn Arabi only to become his pupil and later saves Ertuğrul's life.
Ilyas Fakih Apprentice of Ibn Arabi and friend of Ertuğrul.
Candar Bey Leader of Çavdaroğlu nomad group
Ural Bey Eldest son of Candar Vey
Çolpan Wife of Ural Bey and daughter of former feudal landlord of Karacahisar. She was Greek descended Turk
Sungurtekin Bey Son of Suleyman Shah and older brother of Ertuğrul.He was
Ustad Simon Owner of Hanli Pazar and Knights Templar
Aslıhan Hatun Sister of Ural bey and Aliyar bey.
Haçaturyan ustad Friend of ertugrul
The series is written and Produced by Mehmet Bozdağ and Directed by Metin Günay. The theme music is by Alpay Göktekin. It has aired on Wednesday at 7:55 p.m. since December 10, 2014 on TRT 1 (Turkey).
As for the choreography of the show, Nomad, the special choreography crew of movies such as The Expendables 2, 47 Ronin and Conan the Barbarian was invited to Turkey. The crew prepared special choreographies for actors, horses and other scenes.
There are 25 horses on the set and a veterinarian available. Besides, a horse farm was set in Riva for the show as well. A special area is created here similar to a zoo but on a smaller scale not only for the horses but all the required animals since sheep, goats, nightingales and partridges are also a part of the cast.
The TV series is also a milestone in Turkey with respect to its administration of art. Copper and other metallic accessories are accumulated from various parts of Turkey.
Rating figures marked 'Diriliş: Ertuğrul' as the best breakthrough Turkish TV series of the 2014 Season. The first episode shook Turkish social media after it was aired on Wednesday.
Season Timeslot Season premiere Season Finale Number of episodes TV season TV channel
Season 1 Wednesday/ 19:55 December 10, 2014 June 17, 2015 26 2014/2015 TRT 1, TRT 1 HD
Season 2 Wednesday/ 19:55 September 30, 2015 June 8, 2016 35 2015/2016 TRT 1, TRT 1 HD
Country Network Series premiere
16 January 2017
2 April 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina
August 24, 2015