After 32 years in Thai showbiz, seasoned actor Chatchai Plengpanich is enjoying his new gig as a producer and director, and he humbly considers himself a learner at the trial-and-error stage. Yet he's seeing his latest work scoring good ratings. His series Khun Chai Ronnapee, currently on air, is the conclusive part of the Suparbburut Chutathep epic that has been phenomenally popular with viewers, confirming once again the cultural significance of prime-time TV dramas and how they shape the national psyche in more ways than one imagines.
Starring Chalida Vijitvongthong and James Ma, Suparbburut Chutathep: Khun Chai Ronnapee airs on Channel 3, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 8.15pm.
Premiering in mid-March, the TV blockbuster marks the 43rd anniversary of Channel 3, which assigned five top producers to each make a period drama about the five Chutathep brothers: Khun Chai Taratorn, Khun Chai Pavornruj, Khun Chai Puttiphat, Khun Chai Ratchanon and Khun Chai Ronnapee.
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