‘Secret of the Nile’ on Netflix is so, so good

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I just finished watching Grand Hotel or as it’s known on Netflix, Secret of the Nile. It’s the first Egyptian show on Netflix, and it’s actually a remake of a Spanish drama series, Gran Hotel. It’s Downton Abbey meets Cable Girls (also a Spanish drama, also on Netflix, also I’m obsessed), and I’m not the only one who thinks so.

The original Gran Hotel is 39 episodes, broken into 3 seasons. Secret of the Nile is 30 episodes, 45 minutes each, and it plays out as one long season (it was originally released as a Ramadan special in 2016). I learned about it this past Sunday and just finished marathon-watching it at 4am this morning… LOL.

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The acting is so rich and complex, the cinematography is riveting, the sets are stunning, and the wardrobe and hair/makeup are fire. But the reason I literally watched 1,350 minutes of TV in three days is because of the drama. Oh the drama! Egyptians. Know. Drama.

I never knew the true meaning of the words “the plot thickens” until now. The plot is so thick it’s a vat of cement and I am here for this concrete mixture of deception. Grand Hotel also has some phenomenal villains who’s character development is… to die for… and it somehow carries on through 30 episodes. I am here for these scary Tants (Aunties)!

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It’s in Arabic and I watched it with English subtitles. I’m proud to say I’m learning such important Egyptian Arabic as, “IDKHUL!” (Enter) and “Nazarthu. Dul. Alayya. ANNA… UMMIK!” (You sided with them against me, your mother!) Wow, this is really going to come in handy when I visit the Pyramids.

If you enjoy period dramas (low-hanging pun intended) and you’re looking for a new show to be obsessed with, I recommend watching two episodes before you judge.

Also, in case your watching and you’re like, Who does Ali/Fouad (played by Amr Youssef) remind me of? He looks like Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek):

You’re welcome.

P.S. ABC is remaking Grand Hotel, too!

43 thoughts on “‘Secret of the Nile’ on Netflix is so, so good

  1. Love this series! Are they making a second series? What happened to the baby on the boat with the murderer?? Too many unanswered questions!!

      1. Me too I even played it back in case I missed something also Wards hands were free she may be alive cant wait for the season 2

      2. The baby maybe a smart way to start THE SECOND SERIES such a good portrayal from the actors and actresses do ope they do a second series JK

  2. anoushka is a singer- listen to her on YOUTUBE – now a conniving actress here – she is EXCELLENT in her role as she smokes, smiles and tilts her head

      1. Enjoyed both Grand Hotel and secrets of the Nile great shows velvet was another fantastic series

  3. I haven’t watch any thing and I’m nearly 50 as good
    I just loved it all
    Fantastic actors.like none iv seen before
    Ward. Is an unbelievable actor
    Please make more
    Marion
    Ireland

  4. I am absolutely obsessed with this series too! I love Egypt and Egyptian Arabic is so nice, it sounds softer. The characters are utterly fantastic and you have to love the villains. This whole story is a battle of light and dark, regardless of class, and I like the way it breaks down the class boundaries. Love is love. And what a hero Ali is!

  5. Just finished the series today. It was one of the best I’ve seen. I binge watched and I have the same questions. Where’s baby Selina? Guess they don’t know about Ward AND, why didn’t the mother go to prison too. Mourad said he’d bring her down too. I’d like to watch this all over again, I enjoyed it that much. The cast, the clothes, the scenery, the jewelry, all fantastic.

      1. The baby is dead. Mourad had him killed like he had Ward killed. Honestly, I loved that show until the very end. Then it left a bad taste in my mouth.

  6. WOW Loved it. I have never enjoyed any performance more than the wonderful heart warming performance of Mohamed Mamdouh who plays Amin in Secret of the Nile. A true pleasure to watch. The whole cast is also great and a wonderful story.
    My first time seeing Egyptian actors and want to see more – thanks Netflix for showing this.

  7. I started watching this show on Netflix and is incredibly amazing. Love the soundtrack,
    Love the story and love all the actors in it.
    Waiting for the next Season…..🥰🎈😍.

  8. Fantastic series indeed Nida…We didn’t marathon it like you…Took our time over a month and loved every episode….Will there be a follow up?…I they going to leave Ward floating in the Nile with an anchor around her legs?..Is Madame Kesmat going to get away with her devilish attitude?..I hope we will find out!…Oh and Mourrad should certainly hang!…Great acting and we miss them all already!

    1. Tony, your commentary gave me a much needed laugh! It really was incredible acting. I will be keeping an eye out for the next Egyptian show to recommend and will post here when I have it!

  9. Yes indeed , what about the baby from Ward on the ship.
    And the dresses; Ted Baker ?
    Dor Chandler , Waiting for Season 2

    1. I was impressed too and waiting for the second series
      Great entertainment
      Will watch again
      Maybe no second series it’s been a while

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