Everyone's talking about Noor this summer. The Turkish series has caused such a storm in the Middle East, it's even been blamed for breaking up marriages and causing suicides.
The popularity of the show - which has been dubbed into Syrian Arabic for the Middle East - might have something to do with the incredible anecdotes that surround it. Tales of women blaming their husbands for not being as romantic as those in the show; someone selling a herd of goats just to be able to watch the programme in peace; people refusing to go to weddings if it's on; Saudi Arabia even launching a fatwa against the show's broadcasters - the stories were as exaggerated as the soap itself. So why so much success? Maybe because of the blend of east and west, featuring both "free love" and Islam at the same time.
Fatima al Zahra al Alaoui, 24, is an accountant's assistant in Fes, Morocco.
Here in Morocco everyone's hooked. A newspaper reported that someone committed suicide because their parents refused to let them watch Noor for two weeks. People are also really interested in private lives of the star couple, Mohannad and Noor.
Seriously, I cannot miss an episode!"
Saud Kassouha, 25, is a bank worker from Homs, Syria.
What I hate most is the influence this series has on society. People have divorced because of Noor! Women expect their husbands to be as romantic and marvellous as Mohannad and the husbands get jealous. It's mad!"
The series poses family problems...
The sign above the door reads "cosmetic surgeon". The man's carrying a picture of Mohannad.
A couple dream of Noor and Mohannad, respectively.