NEW HIS­TOR­I­CAL DRAMA TO SAVOUR

Bangkok Post - - LIFE / HAPPENING - — Kanok­porn Chana­songkram

The party is not over yet de­spite last Wed­nes­day’s happy end­ing of Bup­pae­san­nivas that also showed a teaser for the se­quel, Phrom­likhit, which Broad­cast Thai Tele­vi­sion will be­gin pro­duc­tion of next year. A spe­cial edi­tion of se­lected scenes aired last Thurs­day night and con­tin­ues tonight and to­mor­row night. More­over, Chan­nel 3 has an­nounced a re­run in May to cap­i­talise on the pop­u­lar­ity of the his­tor­i­cal drama star­ring Thanawat Wat­tana­puti and Ra­nee Cam­pen. The surge in the num­ber of tourists at Ayut­thaya His­tor­i­cal Park, the rage for wear­ing Thai tra­di­tional cos­tumes, and the de­mand for re­prints of the first Thai “Jin­dama­nee” are among the spin-offs from the TV drama set in the reign of King Narai (1656-1688), when Ayut­thaya pros­per­ously en­gaged in com­mer­cial and diplo­matic ac­tiv­i­ties with other na­tions. As view­ers have in­creas­ingly be­come ab­sorbed in his­tor­i­cal drama, why not ride the mo­men­tum? Chan­nel 3 has placed Ne­ung Daow Fah Diew in the prime time slot for Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day nights, with its pre­miere on April 25. The his­tor­i­cal ac­tion/drama takes view­ers back to the era of the last Ayut­thaya monarch, King Ekkathat, when the Burmese army burned down the cap­i­tal in 1767; and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Thon Buri King­dom by Phya Tak later crowned as King Taksin. Ne­ung Daow Fah Diew is an­other big pro­duc­tion by TV Scene, no­table for the award-win­ning Koon Seuk, which de­picted Ayut­thaya af­ter the first Burmese oc­cu­pa­tion in the mid-16th cen­tury and the lib­er­a­tion by King Nare­suan, whose mul­ti­ple bat­tles against the neigh­bour­ing in­vader in­volved the war­lord Sema, played by Atichart Chum­nanont. Atichart plays King Taksin in Ne­ung Daow Fah Diew, which ac­cord­ing to the TV Scene’s pro­ducer, aims to pro­mote pa­tri­o­tism. How­ever, it will not fall short of ro­mance be­tween Khan Thong and Mang­mao, played by Ji­rayu Tangsrisuk and Nat­apohn Tameeruks. Adapted from a novel by Wan­nawat, the plot has Khan Tong dis­guis­ing him­self as a eu­nuch in the royal courts, to find out who’s be­hind the mys­te­ri­ous death of his par­ents. Af­ter learn­ing the truth, he joins Phya Tak’s army in restor­ing the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence from Burma. Whether this new drama will fare as well as Bup­pae­san­nivas, we will have to wait and see.

Atichart Chum­nanont as Phya Tak in Ne­ung Daow Fah Diew.

Khan Thong and Mang­mao played by Ji­rayu Tangsrisuk and Nat­apohn Tameeruks.

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