Cuéntame cómo pasó

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This article is about the TV show known as Cuéntame. For the Lucero album, see Cuéntame.
Cuéntame cómo pasó
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Also known as Cuéntame
Genre Drama, Historical, Comedy
Created by Miguel Ángel Bernardeau
Written by Alberto Macías & Eduardo Ladrón de Guevara
Starring Imanol Arias
Ana Duato
Ricardo Gómez
María Galiana
Pablo Rivero
Esmeralda García
José Sancho
Juan Echanove
Ana Arias
Lluvia Rojo
Narrated by Carlos Hipólito
Opening theme Cuéntame
Country of origin Spain
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 253
Production
Executive producer(s) Miguel Ángel Bernardeau
Location(s) Madrid
Running time 60-90 mins
Production company(s) Grupo Ganga Producciones
Broadcast
Original channel La 1, TVE Internacional
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original run September 13, 2001 – present
External links
Website
Production website

Cuéntame cómo pasó (English: Tell me how it happened), also known as Cuéntame, is a Spanish television series which has been broadcast by the Spanish public TV channel TVE1 since 2001. Its original name (Tell me) had to be changed for copyright reasons.

The series recounts the experiences of a middle-class family, the Alcántaras (in Spanish Los Alcántara), during the last years of the rule of Francisco Franco and the beginning of the Spanish Transition to democracy. Its name comes from a famous song by the Spanish 1960s pop group Fórmula V, titled Tell Me. The producer of the series is Miguel Ángel Bernardeau.

The series was created to celebrate the first 25 years since Spain's transition to democracy, and its didactic spirit is clearly evident in some of the episodes. It includes documentary interviews with historical figures of the era, such as people concerned with the assassination of then prime minister Carrero Blanco and the death of Franco.

The first episode was broadcast on September 13, 2001. The series begins in April 1968 with the victory in the Eurovision song contest of the singer Massiel. The story reflects changes in Spain beginning in that year.

In December 2008, TVE and Ganga Group announced that the series, in its 10th season, had achieved very good audience levels, and would be renewed for up to 3 more seasons, with the storyline moving firmly into the 1980s and the "Movida madrileña".

Through situations, characters, and attitudes of the era, the series evokes a wistful reminiscence of those times. In this respect it can be compared to the series The Wonder Years, which did the same thing for US history.

This series influenced the Portuguese series Conta-me como foi, which starts the same year (1968) and goes to 1974, the year of the 25 de Abril. It has the participation of Portuguese actors such as Rita Blanco and Miguel Guilherme.

Episodes[edit]

•Series 1 (1968-1969) - First Aired: 2001

  1. "El retorno del fugitivo" (The return of fugitive. April 1968)
  2. "un cielo lleno de futbolines" (A sky full of foosball tables. May 1968)
  3. "A lo lejos el mar" (In the distance the sea. June 1968)
  4. "Las invasoras" (invasive. August 1968)
  5. "Paz, amor y fantasía" (Peace, Love and Dreams. September 1968)
  6. "El dia de la raza" (The day of the race. October 1968)
  7. "Amistades peligrosas" (Dangerous Liaisons. October 1968)
  8. "Las mejores huelgas de nuestra vida" (Best strikes our life. November 1968)

•Series 2 (1969) - First Aired: 2002

•Series 3 (1970) - First Aired: 2003

  1. "A las puertas del edén" (At the gates of Eden. Spring 1970)

•Series 4 (1970) - First Aired: 2003-2004

•Series 5 (1971) - First Aired: 2004

•Series 6 (1972-1973) - First Aired: 2004-2005

•Series 7 (1973-1974) - First Aired: 2005-2006

•Series 8 (1974-1975) - First Aired: 2006-2007

  1. "Lisboa era una fiesta" (Lisbon was a party. April 1974)
  2. "Apertura ma non troppo" (Opening ma non troppo. Spring 1974)
  3. "Por el humo se sabe dónde esta el fuego" (Smoke one knows where this fire. June 1974)

•Series 9 (1975-1976) - First Aired: 2007-2008

•Series 10 (1976) - First Aired: 2008

  1. "y llegó el destape" (and reached the uncovering. Spring 1976)

•Series 11 (1977) - First Aired: 2009

•Series 12 (1978-1979) - First Aired: 2010-2011

Capítulo 198 "Las dos comuniones de maría alcántara" (chapter 198. The two communions of Mary Alcantara. Summer 1978)

Capítulo 199 "El regreso" (chapter 199. return. Summer 1978)

Capítulo 200 "A la fiesta hemos de ir" (chapter 200. At the party we go. Summer 1978)

Capítulo 201 "Calores de agosto" (chapter 201. August heat. Summer 1978)

Capítulo 202 "Carlos tiro su fusil" (chapter 202. Carlos shot his rifle. September 1978)

Capítulo 203 "El empujoncito" (chapter 203. The push. September 1978)

Capítulo 210 "El Desencanto" (chapter 210. The disenchantment. March 1979)

•Series 13 (1979-1981) - First Aired: 2011-2012

Capítulo 218 "Hoy Empieza Todo" (chapter 218. Everything Starts Today. Mid-September 1979)

Capítulo 219 "Una venta con freno y marcha atrás" (chapter 219. A sale and brake and reverse. Late September 1979)

Capítulo 220 "Gajes del oficio" (chapter 220. Occupational hazards. October 1979)

Capítulo 222 "Ni exclusivo ni excluyente " (chapter 222. Exclusive or exclusionary. November 1979)

Capítulo 224 "Una mujer de bandera" (chapter 224. A woman flag. February 1980)

Capítulo 225 "La última batalla de macho montés" (chapter 225. The last battle of male wild. March 1980)

Capítulo 226 "La mujer y la tierra" (chapter 226. Women and land. March 1980)

Capítulo 233 "Siempre amanece" (chapter 233. Always dawns. Late January 1981)

•Series 14 (1981) - First Aired: 2013

Capítulo 234 "La movida y mucho mas" (chapter 234. The move and more. February 1981)

Capítulo 236 "El hombre de la casa" (chapter 236. The man of the house. February 23, 1981)

Capítulo 239 "Las lágrimas de Santa Rita" (chapter 239. Tears of Santa Rita. Late April 1981)

Capítulo 240 "El final del camino" (chapter 240. End of the Road. May 1981)

Capítulo 244 "Descansen en paz" (chapter 244. Rest in peace. Summer 1981)

Capítulo 245 "Los amos de la tierra" (chapter 245. The masters of the earth. September 1981)

Capítulo 253 "La vida ante tus ojos" (chapter 253. The life before your eyes. January 1982)

•Series 15 (1982-1983) - First Aired: 2014

Capítulo 254 "Vuelta a casa" (chapter 254. Homecoming. July 1982)

Capítulo 255 "Dos días en París" (chapter 255. Two Days in Paris. Summer 1982)

Capítulo 256 "Amores que matan" (chapter 256. Love that kills. Summer 1982)

Capítulo 260 "¿Qué hace una banda como tú en un sitio como éste?" (chapter 260. What does a band like you doing in a place like this?. October 1982)

Capítulo 266 "Noche de paz" (chapter 266. Silent Night. December 24, 1982)

Capítulo 267 "Gracias por las flores" (chapter 267. Thanks for the flowers. January 15, 1983)

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