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|Created by||Fremantle Media|
|Country of origin||Croatia|
|No. of episodes||805|
|Running time||30 Minutes|
|Original network||RTL Televizija|
|Original release||October 25, 2004 – November 3, 2008|
Zabranjena ljubav (lit. "Forbidden Love", commonly abbreviated to ZLJ) is a Croatian daytime soap opera about the lives and loves of both young and older characters, focused on the major Croatian city of Zagreb. Actors Mario Valentić, Antonija Šola, Nada Rocco, Dejan Marcikić and Anita Berisha (last one with some months of break) were the only remaining original cast members until the very last episode.
In April 2008, RTL Televizija announced that the highly popular soap opera will end its run after 4 years this fall in its time slot 7:30 PM.
The original story begins by introducing a handsome 22-year-old Danijel Lončar (Zoran Pribičević) coming home to Zagreb, on his 22nd birthday, after losing his job in Italy. At the railway station, he bumps into a beautiful girl. They both feel immediate attraction. Danijel doesn’t even get the chance to ask for her name as they are greeted by their friends and family.
It soon transpires that Danijel and Petra were twins separated at birth. Danijel had initially been raised by the wise Nada Horvat (Nada Rocco) before returning to his father Josip Lončar (Drazen Mikulić), and Petra raised by her mother Viktorija Novak (Sanja Vejnović) who had married into money to a rich aristocrate widower Stjepan Novak (Velimir Čokljat).
The parents of the twins had each married other people and raised families which had other adult children. The Lončar family comprised Danijel's father Josip Lončar, a construction worker; and Josip's wife Biserka Lončar (Vanja Matujec), a warm-hearted, down-to-earth housewife. Their children were Iva Lončar (Marija Kobić) and Matija (Filip Riđički), Iva had just started a romantic involvement with Igor Carević (Dejan Marcikić) and Matija started seeing his class member Lana Kos (Petra Kurtela). Petra had grown up with her mother Viktorija (Sanja Vejnović), Viktorija's husband Stjepan who was a successful wineyard owner and businessman, and Stjepan's son from an earlier marriage, the spiteful Borna Novak (Mario Valentić).
After Danijel's investigation into Petra's whereabouts, he slowly enters the world of the powerful Novak family by landing a job as a gardener, not knowing he is working for his biological mother, nor that he has fallen in love with his own sister.
Other major characters include Lidija Bauer (Katija Zubčić) who has always had strong feelings for Stjepan, but who stepped away out of respect towards the family and her children. Lidija has two children of her own: the spoiled and stubborn teenager Tina Bauer (Antonija Šola)and the good-natured medical student Leon Bauer (Mario Mohenski) later (Marin Knežević), who was betrothed to Petra at Viktorija's instigation only for the wedding to be cancelled after a revelation about his homosexuality. Viktorija's best friend, the dizzy socialite Stela Vidak (Matija Prskalo), was introduced as a minor figure during the show's early days as someone to whom Viktorija could recite expository dialogue about her latest scheme to, but soon emerged as a key character.
|Anita Berisha||Petra Lončar||2004–2008|
|Mario Valentić||Borna Novak||2004–2008|
|Dejan Marcikić||Igor Carević||2004–2008|
|Antonija Šola||Tina Bauer||2004–2008|
|Nada Rocco||Nada Barić||2004–2008|
|Vesna Tominac Matačić||Karolina Novak||2005–2008|
|Zoran Gogić||Jure Šarić||2006–2008|
|Maja Petrin||Dunja Barišić||2006–2008|
|Vladimir Tintor||Franjo Barišić||2006–2008|
|Robert Plemić||Luka Laušić||2006–2008|
|Anđela Ramljak||Marijana Benčić||2006–2008|
|Frano Lasić||Marinko Ružić||2006–2008|
|Danira Gović||Angelina Kovač||2007–2008|
|Lorena Nosić||Mirna Šarić||2007–2008|
|Ozren Domiter||Ivica Šarić||2008|
|Sandra Bagarić||Eleonora Šarić||2008|
Recurring cast members
|Mario Mlinarić||Jakov Barišić|
|Šime Zanze||waiter Robert|
|Danilo Vukčević||Mate Grom|
|Mario Lukajić||Tom Ružić #2|
Departed cast members
|Mario Mohenski||Leon Bauer #1||2004|
|Marin Knežević||Leon Bauer #2||2004–2005|
|Sanja Vejnović||Viktorija Novak||2004–2005|
|Mirna Medaković||Maja Vukovič||2004–2005|
|Marina Kostelac||Vesna Kos||2004–2005|
|Andrej Dojkić||Aleksandar Barić||2005–2006|
|Ivan Martinec||Ljubo Carević||2004–2006|
|Filip Riđički||Matija Lončar||2004–2006|
|Zoran Pribičević||Danijel Lončar †||2004–2006|
|Drazen Mikulić||Josip Lončar||2004–2005; guest in 2006.|
|Petra Kurtela||Lana Kos||2004–2006|
|Velimir Čokljat||Stjepan Novak||2004–2006|
|Matija Prskalo||Stela Vidak||2004–2006|
|Katija Zubčić||Lidija Bauer-Novak||2004–2006; guest in 2007.|
|Mirsad Tuka||Zlatko Fijan †||2005–2007|
|Jelena Perčin||Ana Fijan-Benčić||2005–2007|
|Marija Kobić||Iva Lončar||2004–2007|
|Vanja Matujec||Biserka Fijan (ex Lončar)||2004–2007|
|Marko Čabov||Nikola Benčić||2006–2007|
|Jozo Šuker||Antun Benčić||2006–2008|