They have passion, mystery, betrayal - and always some strange twist at the end. We're talking about telenovelas; one of Latin America’s most popular exports. In August the Spanish language network, Telemundo, launched a 24 hour telenovela channel in Africa, where the suspense-fuelled dramas are a massive hit.
In Ivory Coast, rumour has it some mosques have, in the past, changed the time of the Call to Prayer so it doesn't clash with them. But what is so intoxicating about the dramas?
The BBC’s Tamasin Ford spent an evening in Abidjan watching the country’s most popular one – ‘Sacrifice de femme’. To listen to this report, please click on this link.