Midnight at the Pera Palace

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Midnight at the Pera Palace
TurkishPera Palas'ta Gece Yarısı
GenrePeriod drama
Based onMidnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul
by Charles King
Written byElif Usman
Directed byEmre Şahin
Nisa Dağ
StarringHazal Kaya
Tansu Biçer
Selahattin Paşalı
James Chalmers
Country of originTurkey
Original languageTurkish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes8
Production companiesNetflix
Karga Seven Pictures
Original release
Release3 March 2022 (2022-03-03)

Midnight at the Pera Palace (Turkish: Pera Palas'ta Gece Yarısı), is a Turkish time travel historical drama television series directed by Emre Şahin starring Hazal Kaya, Tansu Biçer, Selahattin Paşalı and James Chalmers. The show was released on Netflix on March 3, 2022, with the first season consisting of 8 episodes. Centered around the real-life Pera Palace Hotel, the series was inspired by the 2014 historical non-fiction book Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King.[1] the series was renewed for a second season which is in filming.[2]


Esra (Hazal Kaya), a young orphaned journalist in modern-day Istanbul, is assigned to write an article about the upcoming 130th anniversary of the Pera Palace Hotel. At the hotel, she meets its manager, Ahmet (Tansu Biçer), who shows her around and explains the history of the Pera Palace and some of its famous guests. Esra is particularly intrigued by the story of Peride, a young woman who apparently saved Mustafa Kemal from an assassination plot orchestrated by the British in 1919, during the occupation of Istanbul.

What Ahmet conceals from her is that, in combination with a mysterious key, one of the hotel's rooms becomes a time-travelling portal. That night, Esra accidentally time travels back to 1919, where she is soon mistaken for her apparent doppelganger, Peride. Her encounters with men such as George, a scheming British officer (James Chalmers), Halit, an enigmatic nightclub owner (Selahattin Paşalı), and Reşat, a police officer in love with Peride (Engin Hepileri) leave her struggling to know whom to trust. Together with Ahmet, however, she must find a way to stop the assassination attempt on Mustafa Kemal and preserve the course of Turkey's independence.

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  1. ^ "The Turkish Fantasy series 'Midnight at the Pera Palace' opens a door of the palace to 1919, what to expect from the exciting thriller?". Netflix Junkie. 2022-02-17. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  2. ^ "Midnight at The Pera Palace Season 2 Release Date: Step into Glamour! -". 2023-08-22. Retrieved 2023-09-15.

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