One of the best decisions we made this year was checking out ATV's Bir Küçük Gün Işığı.
Written by Özgür Evren Heptürk, the series follows event planner Elif (Seray Kaya), whose life spirals out of control after the unexpected death of her husband. Grief-stricken and recovering from the shock of losing her husband, Elif learns that not only was her husband unfaithful for years, but also he had a kid, Güneş, with the other woman, a kid he so happened to register, legally, as Elif's child. Navigating through the huge mess her husband left behind, Elif meets the oh-so-charming Fırat (Berk Oktay), who, wait for it, turns out to be the brother of the woman with whom Elif's dead husband fathered a child ?
This all lays out the groundwork for good ol' Turkish drama, which, thus far, has had us clapping and screaming with every twist and turn.
The best part of the series is unarguably the phenomenal performance by the small but mighty Azra Aksu, who plays Günes. With little to no spoken lines in the series, Aksu's body language and excellent use of facial expressions brings a top-tier level of sincerity to her character, leaving the audience with a realistic encounter with the plight of many abused children.
To top it off, the show's attractive leads, Seray Kaya and Berk Oktay, share infectious onscreen chemistry that adds a lot of real warmth to the series.
With characters as well-written as Elif, Günes, and Firat, Bir Küçük Gün Işığı is a must-have on your watchlist.