Whisper (TV series)
|Created by||Han Jung-hwan for SBS|
|Written by||Park Kyung-soo|
|Directed by||Myoungwoo Lee|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||17[a]|
|Executive producer||Kim Hee-yeol|
|Production location||South Korea|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Pan Entertainment|
|Budget||5.65 billion won|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|First shown in||South Korea|
|Original release||March 27 –|
May 23, 2017
|Whisper at Pan Entertainment|
Whisper (Korean: 귓속말; RR: Gwitsokmal) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Lee Bo-young, Lee Sang-yoon, Kwon Yul and Park Se-young. It aired on SBS from March 27 to May 23, 2017 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 (KST) for 17 episodes.
Shin Young-joo (Lee Bo-young) is a charismatic female section chief police officer who is passionate in her career. With her family facing financial difficulties, she has to undergo the agony and pay debts for her family. She speaks harsh, but has a heart of gold.
Lee Dong-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) is a virtuous elite judge, brilliant-minded and warm-hearted, and has a willingness for weak people who need a listening ear.
Both of them join alliances together to uncover defense industry corruption at Taebaek, the nation's biggest law firm, which turns out to be one of the top scandals ever.
- A section chief of criminal division who fights for her father's unjustified defamation, but her fight backfired and she was dismissed from the police service. In the aftermath, she disguised herself as another identity as undercover at Taebaek Law Firm.
- Known as a righteous judge who abides by the law and does not waver by temptation, but he falls into a hopeless situation by which he has to work for Taebaek Law Firm.
- A lawyer & Team Manager of corporate mergers and acquisitions in Taebaek Law Firm.
- Frivolous, nonchalant and sarcastic. Daughter of the CEO of Taebaek Law Firm.
People in Taebaek Law Firm
- CEO of Taebaek and father of Soo-yeon.
- Kim Hong-fa as Kang Yoo-taek
- Lee Si-eon as young Kang Yoo-taek
- Jung-il's father. Chairman of Bo-gook Industries.
- Moon Hee-kyung as Yoon Jung-ok
- Soo-yeon's mother.
- Jo Dal-hwan as Jo Kyung-ho
- Jung-il's close friend.
- Yoon Joo-hee as Hwang Bo-yeon
- Soo-yeon's personal assistant.
- Kim Hyung-mook as Song Tae-gon
- Choi Il-hwan's secretary.
- Kim Roi-ha as Baek Sang-goo
- Henchmen hired by Taebaek.
People around Lee Dong-joon
- Kim Chang-wan as Lee Ho-bum
- A Hospital Director of Hangang Hospital and father of Dong-joon.
- Sora Jung as Jung Mi-kyung
- Dong-joon's step-mother.
- Jo Seung-yoon as Lee Dong-min
- Son of Dong-joon's father & step-mother.
- Heo Jae-ho as Noh Ki-yong
- Dong-joon's subordinate.
- Won Mi-kyung as Ahn Myung-sun
- Dong-joon's mother.
People around Shin Young-joo
- Kang Shin-il as Shin Chang-ho
- Young-joo's father; falsely accused of murder of his close friend to stop him from whistleblowing.
- Kim Hae-sook as Kim Sook-hee
- Young-joo's mother.
- Lee Hyun-jin as Park Hyun-soo
- Young-joo's ex-boyfriend, deceived her due to his own selfish needs.
- Jung Yi-yeon as Jo Yeon-hwa
- Young-joo's close friend, whose identity Young-joo borrowed for a while.
Before it was titled Whisper, its working title was Advance (Korean: 진격; RR: Jinkyeok). Writer Park Kyung-soo originally wrote it as a medical drama, then revised as a police drama, until SBS scrapped it completely. But in December 2016, the broadcaster gave the project the go signal, and it was revised as a suspense/legal melodrama.
Lee Bo-young and Lee Sang-yoon reunite again for this miniseries, after previously starred together in 2012 KBS2 drama series My Daughter, Seo Yeong. Lee Bo-young and Kim Hae-sook reunite as daughter and mother after playing the roles of daughter and mother in I Can Hear Your Voice.
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||March 27, 2017||15.4% (4th)||19.1% (3rd)||13.9% (4th)||16.1% (4th)|
|2||March 28, 2017||12.9% (5th)||15.3% (4th)||13.4% (5th)||14.9% (4th)|
|3||April 3, 2017||16.3% (4th)||19.8% (3rd)||13.8% (4th)||14.1% (4th)|
|4||April 4, 2017||14.2% (4th)||16.3% (4th)||15.0% (4th)||16.7% (4th)|
|5||April 10, 2017||13.5% (4th)||15.2% (4th)||14.9% (4th)||16.0% (4th)|
|6||April 11, 2017||13.0% (4th)||16.2% (4th)||14.9% (4th)||15.7% (4th)|
|7||April 17, 2017||12.9% (6th)||15.4% (4th)||14.9% (4th)||15.5% (4th)|
|8||April 18, 2017||13.1% (5th)||15.9% (4th)||16.0% (4th)||16.9% (3rd)|
|9||April 24, 2017||13.4% (4th)||14.9% (4th)||15.5% (4th)||17.1% (3rd)|
|10||April 25, 2017||10.9% (7th)||13.0% (4th)||11.9% (5th)||12.5% (5th)|
|11||May 1, 2017||13.4% (4th)||14.5% (5th)||16.0% (3rd)||17.2% (3rd)|
|12||May 2, 2017||13.1% (2nd)||15.0% (1st)||15.9% (1st)||17.1% (1st)|
|13||May 8, 2017[b]||13.5% (4th)||15.0% (5th)||15.8% (4th)||16.8% (3rd)|
|14||May 15, 2017||13.1% (6th)||14.1% (4th)||17.0% (4th)||18.2% (2nd)|
|15||May 16, 2017||13.3% (5th)||14.4% (5th)||16.4% (4th)||17.1% (3rd)|
|16||May 22, 2017||15.2% (4th)||17.0% (4th)||19.2% (2nd)||20.1% (2nd)|
|17||May 23, 2017||15.8% (2nd)||17.5% (2nd)||20.3% (2nd)||21.8% (2nd)|
Awards and nominations
|2017||SBS Drama Awards||Character of the Year||Kim Kap-soo||Nominated|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama||Lee Sang-yoon||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama||Lee Bo-young||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama||Kwon Yul||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama||Park Se-young||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Hyung-mook||Nominated|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Actress||Lee Bo-young||Nominated|
- Originally scheduled to air for 16 episodes, the series was increased by one episode in lieu of the 2017 South Korean presidential election polling day. It was the final drama serial to air 60-minute episodes, following a repackaging of episodes in subsequent programmes.
- No episode was aired on May 9 due to the broadcast of the 2017 South Korean presidential election polling day results.
- BRIEF-Pan Entertainment signs contract worth 5.65 bln won
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