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Secret Royal Inspector Joy



  • Director:  Yoo Jong Sun (Designated Survivor: 60 Days)
  • Writer:  Lee Jae Yoon (The Undateables)
  • Network: tvN
  • Production:  Studio Dragon and Mongjakso
  • Genre:  historical
  • Episodes:  
  • Release Date: 8 November 221



The historical comedy series will showcase the journey of undercover royal secret agents who were tasked to expose the wrongdoings of public officials. Ok Taecyeon will play the role of Ra Yi Eon, a sixth-class civil servant and the youngest inspector who topped the state exams. Although he's smart and dashing, he doesn't have any future goals. Kim Hye Yoon on the other hand will play the role of Kim Jo Yi, a realist who is ahead of her era in Joseon, a sacred place of Confucianism. She believes that people can get a divorce in their life. She is married to a gambling addict for three years.



  • Ok Taecyeon as Ra Yi Eon
  • Kim Hye Yoon as Kim Jo Yi


  • Source: mydramalist, Soompi, naver




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2PM’s Taecyeon And Kim Hye Yoon Confirmed For New Historical Comedy Drama

May 20, 2021
by U. Kim

2PM’s Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon are confirmed to star in tvN’s new historical drama!

“The Secret Royal Inspector and Jo Yi” (literal title) is a historical comedy investigation drama about a young gourmet who ends up becoming a secret royal inspector (a undercover official who inspects local provinces to expose corruption) teaming up with a divorced woman who is searching for happiness. Together, they set out on a grand scheme to uncover the truth.

Taecyeon will be playing the secret royal inspector Ra Yi Eon who wishes for nothing more than to open a small dumpling store outside the capital where the land is cheap. But he has a good brain that gets him through the state examination and even secures him a spot as an official in the Office of Special Advisors—a position normally reserved for only the most elite. Ultimately, he finds himself receiving secret orders to carry out missions as a secret royal inspector. Even though he unintentionally ended up following a career path that others would die for, Ra Yi Yeon’s real concerns are securing lunch time during work and getting off work right on time. When he gets home from work, he cooks dumplings for himself and lazily rolls around his room. However, the life of the lazy homebody changes when he meets Kim Jo Yi.

Kim Hye Yoon takes on the role of Kim Jo Yi, a unconventional woman of the Joseon era who thinks that getting divorced isn’t a big deal. Three years ago, she got married with a gambling addict and mama’s boy, and needless to say, she led a rocky married life. She finally divorces the man after several complications, only to be met with another obstacle: the appearance of a secret royal inspector. The moment it seemed like her dream to begin a new life was crushed, her life was actually starting anew.

Together, the unmotivated secret royal inspector Ra Yi Yeon and the reckless divorced woman Kim Jo Yi will embark on a journey to investigate and defeat corrupt politicians. The fact that the drama features a divorced female character who dismisses the Joseon era idea that a wife must serve her husband draws attention for its novelty.

The production team of “The Secret Royal Inspector and Jo Yi” stated, “Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon will work together for the first time through this drama and begin a refreshing inspection and investigation of the nation. Their novel and fresh chemistry is what the producers are most looking forward to as well. Please show lots of interest and love for the comical and lighthearted adventures of the Joseon outsiders.”

“The Secret Royal Inspector and Jo Yi” will be helmed by director Yoo Jong Sun of “Designated Survivor: 60 Days” and “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim” and screenwriter Lee Jae Yoon of “The Undateables” and “Tamra the Island.” The drama is slated for broadcast in the second half of 2021.



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This is a very intriguing-sounding show! I'll be interested in keeping an eye on it as it develops. The main characters definitely sound like a refreshing change from some of the more-frequently-used sageuk character tropes. The heroine being married to a gambling addict (and then divorced!) particularly sounds different and interesting. I wonder how similar these characters' adventures will or will not be to the adventures of the police/detective heroes in Haechi? Does anyone know when, in the Joseon period, this show is set? Will it have any particular connection to actual historical persons and events, or does it exist more in its own realm, not closely tied to specific historic people and events?

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Taec posts regularly to his IG stories, no spoilers, of course.  Gives us just a peek at what he's doing.  I am posting this one because he's speaking in English.  It is from a string of stories showing his all night filming at Jinjuseong in Jinju.  He finished filming at dawn.




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