In the Name of the People (TV series)

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In the Name of the People
In the name of people.jpg
MandarinRénmín de míngyì
GenrePolitical drama
Based onIn the Name of People
by Zhou Meisen
Written byZhou Meisen
Sun Xinyue
Directed byLi Lu
Presented byFan Ziwen
Gao Yalin
Chen Jingzhu
Li Xuezheng
An Xiaofen
Li Gong
Jiang Hao
Li Lu
StarringLu Yi
Zhang Fengyi
Wu Gang
Xu Yajun
Zhang Zhijian
Ke Lan
Hu Jing
Zhang Kaili
Ding Haifeng
Gao Yalin
Narrated byXu Tao
Ending themeIn the Name of the People (以人民的名义 , Yǐ rénmín de míngyì) performed by Han Lei and Vivi Jiang
Composer(s)Dong Dongdong
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes55
Executive producer(s)Meng Shouping
Huang Lin
Wang Yun
Sun Heping
Pei Yi
Peng Cheng
Chen Xunhua
Producer(s)Li Lu
Gao Yalin
CinematographyCui Weidong
Editor(s)Cao Weijie
Running time45 minutes
DistributorJoyhill Media Culture Co., Ltd
Original networkHunan Television
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereophonic
Original release28 March (2017-03-28) –
28 April 2017 (2017-04-28)

In the Name of the People (Chinese: 人民的名义; pinyin: Rénmín de míngyì) is a 2017 Chinese TV drama series based on the web novel of the same name by Zhou Meisen.[1] Its plot revolves around a prosecutor's efforts to unearth corruption in a present-day fictional Chinese city. It has drawn large audiences in China, where its release coincides with General Secretary Xi Jinping's leadership's anti-corruption campaign. It is the first broadcast political drama featuring high-level government corruption in China since 2004. The production received significant government funding from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the highest agency responsible for both investigation and prosecution in the People's Republic of China.[2][3] The intervention from censors was much lighter due to the support of the authorities. The series is considered by some western observers as the Chinese version of House of Cards.[4]

The program's stars include Lu Yi as detective Hou Liangping, Xu Yajun as his antagonist Qi Tongwei, and Zhang Fengyi as Sha Ruijin, the provincial Party Committee Secretary.[2][5][6] The series is based on a book by author Zhou Meisen, and was adapted for television by Zhou and his wife Sun Xinyue.[3][7] It was primarily filmed in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province.[8]


In The Name of the People chronicles the internal power struggle of the Chinese Communist Party in the fictional city of Jingzhou, Handong province, featuring stories about Chinese politics that are often talked about but never seen on mainstream television.



It is noted for its ensemble cast of skilled veteran actors as well as its high quality despite China's strict censorship system.[9] The drama also surpassed 7% in ratings, breaking the single day ratings record for a Chinese drama.[10] The series also received the praise from People's Daily, which is known as the mouthpiece of the Communist Party.[11]

However, some dissidents, such as cartoonist Rebel Pepper treated the series as a way to manipulate and fool the public by the authorities.[12] The core of the series is that anti-graft could only be done by a strong government rather than democratic elections or a free press, as The New York Times commented.[13] Essentially, the series is not a success of the creation, but a success of the creation permission, according to a widely spread opinion on Internet by Du Junfei, a professor in mass communication of Nanjing University.[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
23rd Shanghai Television Festival Best Television Series In the Name of the People Nominated [15][16]
Best Director Li Lu Nominated
Best Writing Zhou Meisen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Wu Gang Won
Zhang Zhijian Won
Best Supporting Actress Hu Jing Nominated
22nd Huading Awards Jury Award In the Name of the People Won
8th Macau International Television Festival Best Television Series In the Name of the People Won [17][18]
Best Director Li Lu Nominated
Best Writing Zhou Meisen Won
Best Actor Zhang Fengyi Won
Best Supporting Actor Gao Yalin Won


  1. ^ Chow, Vivienne (28 December 2017). "Growing Chinese Online Literature Market Leads to Film, TV, Game Adaptation Boom". Variety. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "China laps up glossy TV corruption drama". BBC News. April 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  3. ^ a b Ming, Cheang (March 30, 2017). "China's anti-graft campaign may be headed for a screen near you". CNBC. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Chinese Corruption Series ‘In The Name Of The People’ Rules On TV And Online.
  5. ^ Huang, Echo. "China's new TV show about how good it is at fighting corruption has been viewed 350 million times". Quartz. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  6. ^ 张行健 (April 11, 2017). "Stills of 'In the Name of People' released". China Daily. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  7. ^ 孙馨岳用女性视角丰富剧中人物形象.
  8. ^ 《人民的名义》中你认出多少南京元素.
  9. ^ "Anti-corruption drama 'In the Name of People' tops ratings". Global Times. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  10. ^ 《人民的名义》收视破7 创十年国产剧史最高纪录. 重庆晨报.
  11. ^ Zhang, Fan (2017-03-31). "人民日报评论员观察:反腐,以"人民的名义"". People's Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  12. ^ Rebel Pepper: In the name of People?. China Digital Times.
  13. ^ Greed, injustice and Decadence: What a 5 Scenes from a Hit TV Show Say About China. New York Times.
  14. ^ 人民的名义 | 不是创作的成功,而是创作许可令的成功.
  15. ^ "23届上海电视节入围名单公布 《欢乐颂》获八项提名". ifeng (in Chinese). May 24, 2017.
  16. ^ "第23届上海电视节白玉兰奖获奖名单". Sina (in Chinese). June 16, 2017.
  17. ^ "2017第八届澳门国际电视节奖项提名". Weibo (in Chinese). Macau International Television Festival. December 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "澳门电视节高亚麟三度登台 《人民的名义》成赢家". Sina (in Chinese). December 22, 2017.