Mid­dle East­ern po­lit­i­cal drama Tyrant brings a new se­ries of chal­lenges for the Al-Fay­eed fam­ily.

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Sea­son 3 Thurs­days (from 7 July) FOX (*125) 19:00

Dr Bas­sam “Barry” Al-Fay­eed (Adam Rayner) is tak­ing another drama­packed ride in Tyrant (2014- cur­rent). It wasn’t enough that he was im­pris­oned by his vile dic­ta­tor brother Ja­mal (Ashraf Barhom) after Barry’s mil­i­tary coup failed at the end of sea­son 1 (Au­gust 2014), he was then left to die in the desert of his fic­tional coun­try Abud­din at the be­gin­ning of sea­son 2 (June 2015). The coun­try was then left in tur­moil after Ja­mal’s wife Leila (Mo­ran Atias) tes­ti­fied to Ja­mal’s atroc­i­ties against his peo­ple. So what more could go wrong for this US hero try­ing to stay alive in the bloody Mid­dle East? A lot, ac­tu­ally…


Sea­son 3 is only get­ting 10 episodes, which is two fewer than sea­son 2, but showrun­ner Howard Gor­don re­veals that the sto­ry­lines are go­ing to be full of ac­tion in line with cur­rent Mid­dle East af­fairs. “We have three con­sul­tants – one in Bu­dapest and two in LA – and we mon­i­tor what is go­ing on around the world. Many of the things that we have drama­tised or a ver­sion of them, if any­one cared to draw the line, they could be con­nected to things that ac­tu­ally hap­pened or are hap­pen­ing.”


The show’s also brought in some new faces, in­clud­ing one very fa­mous one. Nafisa Al-Qadi (An­net Ma­hen­dru, Nina in drama show The Amer­i­cans, 2013- cur­rent) is the wife of Sheik Al- Qadi (Khaled Abol Naga). The Sheik is the po­lit­i­cal and spir­i­tual leader of fic­tional Ma’an, a vil­lage trapped in the cross­fire be­tween the Caliphate ex­trem­ists and the Al-Fay­eeds. US Gen­eral Wil­liam Cogswell (Chris Noth, Mr Big in Sex And The City, 1998-2004) re­turns to Abud­din when Barry stands in as pres­i­dent after Ja­mal is shot by his daugh­ter-in-law Nus­rat (Sibylla Deen), whom he raped re­peat­edly. While Wil­liam of­fers Barry sup­port, he’s ac­tu­ally there for Leila. Barry and his wife Molly’s (Jen­nifer Fin­ni­gan) gay son Sammy (Noah Sil­ver) has been around in the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, but in the third he is slip­ping into his un­cle Ja­mal’s shoes. Ex­pect to see much more of Sammy as he and Barry bump heads as the power-hun­gry teen tries to over­throw his dad and rule Abud­din.

Barry has a lot on his mind in sea­son 3. Will cruel dic­ta­tor Ja­mal get his throne back?

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