Nua Mek 2 ban: Still no explanation

After a House committee hearing, we still don't know why the banned political soap opera Nua Mek 2 was abruptly pulled off the air by Channel 3.

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Nua Mek 2 Producer Chatchai Plengpanich (left) and his actress wife Sinjai told a House committee they have no idea why the series was abruptly cancelled by Channel 3. Post Today photo.

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Nua Mek 2 ban: Still no explanation

We still don't know why the banned political soap opera Nua Mek 2 was abruptly pulled off the air by Channel 3.

Don't ask the show's production team because they don't know either.

That's what key members of the team told the House committee on media affairs yesterday.

Producer Chatchai Plengpanich told the panel that Somrak Narongwichai, an executive producer at Channel 3, informed him on Jan 2 that the soap’s final three episodes, to be shown in one night, would not be aired – but gave him no explanation why.

He said his team had submitted a copy of the series script as well as the finished product before the series was to go to air.

Before the team began producing the series, an abridged version of its script, synopsis and a cast list was submitted for approval to Channel 3, Mr Chatchai told the committee.

When finished, every episode of the series was resubmitted to the channel’s censor before they were allowed to go on air.

He said the series was a fictional story and was not intended to offend any particular person.

Nua Mek 2 tells the story of a prime minister, his crooked deputy who is involved in a dubious satellite project and a sorcerer who performs black magic rites to manipulate political events.

Nonzee Nimibutr, director of the series, told the committee certain parts of the series were edited out for production reasons but nothing was added to the original version of the approved script.

For fans hoping the eventually see the banned episodes on DVD, that is unlikely to happen, says actress Sinjai Plengpanich. Channel 3 holds the copyright of the series so that is not an option.

She also tearfully apologised to the fans and thanked them for their support.

She said she still didn’t know which parts of the series upset Channel 3.

Adapted from stories in today’s Bangkok Post and

House (of Representatives) – the largest part of Congress in the US, or of the Parliament in Australia and Thailand สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
committee – a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject คณะกรรมการ
abruptly – suddenly and unexpectedly, and often unpleasant อย่างกะทันหัน
ban – to officially say that someone is not allowed to do something   ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ
soap opera – a story about the lives and problems of a group of people which is broadcast every day or several times a week on television or radio  เรื่องน้ำเน่า
key – very important ที่สำคัญ
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
affairs – events affecting a government, organisation, industry, etc. กรณียกิจ, กิจธุระ
panel – a committee; a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
producer – a person who makes the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, television or radio programme ผู้อำนวยการสร้างภาพยนต์, ผู้ผลิต
inform – to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way แจ้งให้ทราบ
executive producer – a person whose job is to oversee the work of the producer on behalf of the studio, the financiers or the distributors. ผู้อำนวยการแสดง
episode – one of the single parts into which a story is divided, especially when it is broadcast on the television or radio ตอน
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
script – a written text of a play, film/movie, broadcast, talk, etc ตัวเขียน,ต้นฉบับ, บท
abridge – to make a book, play, etc. shorter by leaving parts out ย่อ, ตัดทอน, ทำให้สั้นลง
synopsis – a summary of a piece of writing, a play, etc เรื่องย่อ, การประมวลเรื่อง,สาระสำคัญ
cast – the actors in a film, play or show คนแสดง
approval – agreement to do or accept something ความเห็นชอบด้วย
censor – a person whose job is to examine books, films/movies, etc. and remove parts which are considered to be offensive, immoral or a political threat เจ้าหน้าที่ตรวจสอบ, เซ็นเซอร์
fictional – not real or true; existing only in stories บันเทิงคดี
intended – planned; wanted to happen  ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
offend – to causing someone to be upset or angry ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความขุ่นเคือง
particular – specific เฉพาะ, จำเพาะ, โดยเฉพาะ
crooked – dishonest ไม่ซื่อสัตย์
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
dubious – thought not to be completely true or not able to be trusted อย่างสงสัย
satellite – an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information ดาวเทียม
sorcerer – a man with magic powers, who is helped by evil spirits พ่อมด, หมอผี
black magic – a type of magic which is believed to use the power of the Devil in order to do evil  เวทมนตร์, คาถา
rite – a traditional ceremony, especially a religious one พิธีกรรม (พระราชพิธี)
manipulate – to control something or someone to your advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly ชักใย
director – a person in charge of a film/movie or play who tells the actors and staff what to do ผู้กำกับ (ทางภาพยนตร์)
edit – to prepare a text, tape or film for use by correcting mistakes and deciding what will be removed and what will be kept in, etc ตัดตอ
original – existing at the beginning of a particular period, process or activity เดิม, ซึ่งเป็นแบบฉบับ
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
copyright – the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph or piece of music ลิขสิทธิ์
option – a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation ทางเลือก
tearful – crying, or feeling as if you want to cry ร้องไห้,น้ำตาไหล,  อยากร้องไห้
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem ขอโทษ
upset – to cause to be very worried, angry or sad about something   ทำให้วิตกกังวล ทำให้หงุดหงิด

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