The first Turkish TV serie that was aired on Polish state TV was probably an element of the cultural exchange that was happening to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland, I think.
This TV serie is called "Wspaniałe stulecie" in Polish (in English it's "The Magnificent Century" and "Muhteşem Yüzyıl" in Turkish). It was apparently a success world-wide, but I think that it's popularity in Poland also stems from the fact that those are historical TV series and since Poland was warring with the Ottoman Empire and there were some Turkish influences in the past and stuff - Poles simply found it interesting. I myself have watched quite a few episodes for this very reason (and because I got a bit addicted to all those harem intrigues at first lol).
Btw, there are differences between "The Magnificent Century" and Western historical or fantasy TV series like "The Tudors", "The Borgias" or "Game of Thrones" - one of the most srtiking ones that I've noticed is that there's no sex shown in the Turkish one, only kisses, while in the Western series I've mentioned there has to be a sex scene or a naked woman every three episodes at least lol That's why I was surprised when I found out that "The Magnificent Century" had problems... in Turkey. Erdogan accused the producers of blasphemy and depravation lol There were also 70 000 complaints sent from viewers but they were in minority since the majority of Turks fell in love with "The Magnificent Century".
"The Magnificent Century" is aired from Monday to Friday at 15:50 on TVP1, at 18:05 at TVP Historia and at 20:15 on TVP Seriale.
I would say it gets boring in the long run because it has the length of a soap opera, so I wouldn't be able to watch every single episode but it's watchable when you tune in now and then, for example. It's interesting to see how the Ottoman Empire was run, the cultural stuff, customs and traditions, the clothes people were wearing at that time and the way the historical events are viewed.
The success of "The Magnificent Century" was such that the Polish TV introduced also other Turkish TV series to Polish viewers.
Another Turkish historical TV serie that was aired on Polish state TV (TVP 2 this time) was "Imperium miłości" (English: "Kurt Seyit and Şura", Turkish: "Kurt Seyit ve Şura ") - the last episode was shown not that long ago.
It was about a love of a soldier with Turkish roots and a Russian woman and about Tatar families in Crimea (at least that was my impression - I've seen only two or three episodes when I was sick) with the Russian revolution and the World War I in the backround.
Btw, most of the women in both TV series are pretty, some really stunning and there are some really handsome (and manly in a good way :P) men too, like Burak Özçivit playing Malkocoglu Bali Bey in "The Magnificent Century":
Also, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ from "Kurt Seyit and Şura" reminded me of Bohun played by Aleksandr Domogarov in "Ogniem i mieczem", with his fiery character and big blue eyes :):
Just saying :D :P
There are also a few soap operas in modern setting:
"Tysiąc i jedna noc" ("One Thousand and One Nights", "Binbir Gece") - a modern fairy tale from Istanbul on TVP1.
"To moje życie" ("It's my Life", I don't know the Turkish title) - a modern story of Cinderella on TV Puls.
"Sezon na miłość" ("A season for Love"?, and, again, I don't know the Turkish title) on TV Puls.
I don't watch soap operas so I can't say anything about those.
Why is it newsworthy? Well, because these are the first TV series and soap operas from a Muslim country on Polish TV and quite a few of them too. So it's definitely something new.
Btw, it seems Polish TV producers were so impressed with the success of "The Magnificent Century" that they decided to air another historical TV serie from an "exotic" country - this time from South Korea. It's "Cesarzowa Ki" ("Empress Ki", "Gi Hwanghu") at 17:00 on TVP2. Again, it's something new because there simply aren't any TV series on Polish TV other than Polish, European and North American ones (plus some soap operas from South America), as far as I know.
(Question nr 1: Shouldn't there be a section of the forum like "Culture" or sth? I wasn't sure where to put this thread...
Question nr 2: Is it "TV serie" or "TV series" for a single title? I always have problems with this :/)