In the Name of the People 人民的名义 acquired a mass following when it aired, and has turned out to be THE national drama of the year, breaking 6% ratings during the latter half of its run (these days, dramas that surpass 1% are considered hits). Its success has led to the production of several more propaganda dramas that focus on corruption in government agencies.
Tempest of Anti-Corruption 反贪风暴 is the most high-profile of the lot, as it’s also endorsed by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (In the Name of the People).
Upright young prosecutor Jian Jie is tasked with unraveling the events behind a development zone manager’s suicide, though his investigation is obstructed by local government officials. In the midst of it all, his future father-in-law, who is also an influential lawyer, goes missing, and Jian Jie begins to realise that things are not as they seem.
The 40 episode drama is directed by Zheng Xiaolong (Legend of Mi Yue) and Meng Ji (The 38th Parallel), and written by Ren Yun (Metamorphosis) and Gong Xiangdong (Editorial Department Story). Main leads Liu Tao (Ode to Joy 2) and Wang Lei (The Last Visa) have been filming since April.
Here’s a list of upcoming dramas revolving around a similar theme:
National Action 国家行动: Huang Zhizhong, Zhang Yi, Chen Baoguo (finished filming last year, based on a true case)
Anti-Ice Operation 破冰行动 – Yan Yikuan, Wu Gang (begins filming in July)
Climbing Tiger Mountain 打虎上山 – Yin Xiaotian, Tang Guoqiang, Liu Jia (finished filming in 2015)
Secretary of the CCDI 纪委书记 – Wang Zhiwen, Zhao Lixin, Yu Feihong, Chen Long (filming)
In the Name of the Law 因法之名 – Li Youbin, Li Xiaoran, Zhang Fengyi (pre-production)
Backbone 脊梁 – Ren Chengwei, Liu Xiaofeng, Ru Ping (finished filming)
Veteran actor Wu Gang rose to fame playing Li Dakang in In the Name of the People, and his online memes are a hit with netizens.
State Prosecution 国家公诉 – Siqin Gaowa, Gao Ming (script by Zhou Meisen, writer and author of In the Name of the People)
Absolute Power 绝对权力 – Tang Guoqiang, Siqin Gaowa (written by Zhou Meisen)
Black Hole 黑洞 – Chen Daoming, Ding Jiali, Dong Yong
Behind the Glamour 浮华背后 – Lu Yi, Sun Honglei (written by Jiang Wei, whose projects include Lurk, Borrow Gun and the upcoming Game of Hunting)