In time for Ramadan, Iraqi TV drama returns after 7 years

The arts are coming to life again in Baghdad, bringing with it a touch of hope and comfort as the country works to rebuild after 16 years of war.

And after two decades abroad, two of Iraq's leading actors have returned to take part in "The Hotel," the twenty-episode drama set to air during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

It is the first Ramadan drama to be produced in Iraq since 2012, according to the cast and crew, and it heralds a return of an essential TV genre to the country.

Across the Muslim world and throughout the month of Ramadan, when the faithful fast from dawn until sunset and stay up late to digest their evening meals, viewers are treated to a range of TV dramas.