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TV comedy that launched Ukraine’s Zelensky to presidency back on Netflix

/ 02:42 PM March 17, 2022
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“Servant of the People” starring Volodymyr Zelensky. Image: Netflix

The comedy satire in which Volodymyr Zelensky unexpectedly becomes Ukraine’s president, his now war-time job in real life, will be aired again on Netflix, the streaming platform announced Wednesday.

The resurrection of the TV series “Servant of the People” comes amid a global outpouring of praise for the former comedian now leading his outgunned country’s fight against the Russian invasion.

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“You asked and it’s back,” Netflix tweeted, March 16.

On Tuesday, Zelensky received a standing ovation as he addressed the United States Congress via video link with an impassioned plea for more weaponry and the establishment of a no-fly zone to help Ukraine survive the Russian invasion, which began Feb. 24.

In the 2015 series, Zelensky, who is now 44, plays a teacher who unexpectedly becomes president after a video of him complaining about corruption goes viral.

It was a huge hit in Ukraine and launched Zelensky’s career in politics. He was elected president in 2019 as the star of a party with the same name as the TV series. He got more than 70% of the votes.

The French-German TV channel Arte has been airing “Servant of the People” online since Nov. 19, citing huge interest.

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Since the first days of the invasion, channels that have acquired the rights to air the series include Channel 4 in Britain, ANT 1 in Greece and PRO TV in Romania.

The series was first on Netflix from 2017 to 2021. AP/JB

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