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El ministerio del tiempo
El Ministerio del Tiempo titlecard.jpg
Also known asThe Ministry of Time
GenreScience fiction
Created byPablo Olivares
Javier Olivares
Written byJosé Ramón Fernández
Paco López Barrio
Javier Olivares
Pablo Olivares
Anaïs Schaaff
Directed byMarc Vigil
Jorge Dorado
Abigail Schaaff
Creative directorJavier Olivares
StarringRodolfo Sancho
Hugo Silva
Aura Garrido
Nacho Fresneda
Macarena García
Cayetana Guillén-Cuervo
Juan Gea [es]
Francesca Piñón
Jaime Blanch
Country of originSpain
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes42 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersJavier Olivares
Alicia Yubero
María Roy
Marc Vigil
Running time70 minutes approx.
Production companiesOnza Partners (s. 1-3)
Cliffhanger (s. 1-3)
Televisión Española
Motion Content Group
Globomedia (s. 4-)
Release
Original networkLa 1
Original release24 February 2015 (2015-02-24) –
present (present)
External links
Website

El ministerio del tiempo (English title: The Ministry of Time) is a Spanish fantasy television series created by Javier and Pablo Olivares and produced by Onza Partners and Cliffhanger for Televisión Española (TVE). It premiered on 24 February 2015 on TVE's main channel La 1.[1] The series follows the exploits of an investigative team in the fictional Ministry of Time, which deals with incidents caused by time travel that can cause changes to the present day.

On 24 March 2015, it was confirmed that TVE had renewed the series for a second season.[2] The show was renewed for a third season on 22 September 2016.[3] On 29 December 2016 it was announced that RTVE had sold the rights to Netflix to broadcast the third series internationally, outside of Spain, resulting in a bigger production budget.[4]

The series was renewed for a fourth season, which started airing on Televisión Española on May 5th, 2020.[5] It was known that HBO has acquired the broadcasting rights for the series, at least on HBO Spain[6] and HBO Portugal.[7]

Plot[edit]

The front door of the abandoned Palace of the Duchess of Sueca in Madrid, featured in the series as the façade of the Ministry's headquarters.

The Ministry of Time is the best kept and most closely guarded secret of the Spanish government: an autonomous government institution that reports directly to the Prime Minister and the Spanish Monarch. Its patrols watch the doors of time so that no intruder from other eras can change history for their own benefit.

The series follows the assignments of the Ministry's newest patrol: the one formed by Army of Flanders soldier Alonso de Entrerríos, 19th century student Amelia Folch and 21st century SAMUR paramedic Julián Martínez.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Julián Martínez (Rodolfo Sancho), one of three members of the new patrol. He is a trained SAMUR paramedic from 21st century Madrid, present as a member of the patrol through season 1 and the second half of season 2. His absence during the first half of season 2 was due to shooting for Mar de plástico,[8] and he left the series at the end of that season after failing to reach an agreement with the show's producers.[8] In November 2019, however, it was confirmed he will return for season 4.[9]
  • Amelia Folch (Aura Garrido), the leader of the patrol. She is a late 19th-century pioneering university student and an only child from an upper-class Barcelona family, still living with her parents. Garrido left the series halfway through the third season citing scheduling conflicts after she, like Sancho, signed on to other projects due to renewal uncertainty. She left on good terms and was open to returning in the future. In November 2019, her return in season 4 was confirmed.[9]
  • Alonso de Entrerríos (Nacho Fresneda), one of three members of the patrol. A highly experienced 16th-century soldier from Seville, he is portrayed as an expert in fields of combat. He was recruited just prior to being executed, and now lives in the 21st century.
  • Irene Larra Girón (Cayetana Guillén Cuervo), Head of Logistics inside the Ministry. A lesbian from the repressed 1960s, her character is used to express a less rigid viewpoint within the Ministry.
  • Ernesto Jiménez (Juan Gea [es]), Chief Operating Officer inside the Ministry. Recruited from the 15th century, he is fiercely incorruptible and a perfectionist. In the fourth episode of Season 1 it is disclosed that he is the father of Tomas de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Undersecretary Salvador Martí (Jaime Blanch), Head of the Ministry. His (and the Ministry's) overriding priority is to protect and repair history.
  • Angustias Vázquez (Francesca Piñón), personal secretary to Salvador and widow of a Ministry agent.
  • Jesús Méndez Pontón (Hugo Silva), AKA "Pacino", a replacement member for Julián in the second and third seasons. He is a handsome police officer from 1981 Madrid, nicknamed "Pacino" due to his resemblance to actor Al Pacino, whom he admires.
  • Lola Mendieta (Natalia Millán): A former agent of the Ministry who was believed to have died on a mission. She provided information about clandestine doors of time to a number of people. Her younger self (played by Macarena García) is recruited to the Ministry, eventually joining the patrol. She is the first and only agent to ever be recruited twice.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Diego Velázquez (Julián Villagrán): One of the most important painters in Spanish history, known for Las Meninas and The Surrender of Breda, who was recruited by the Ministry as a facial composite draftsman.
  • Enric Folch (Xavier Boada) and Carme (Fanny Gautier): Amelia's parents. While he appears more tolerant about his daughter's concerns, she presses her to marry and settle down.
  • Blanca (Susana Córdoba): Alonso's wife, who believes him to be dead since she does not know his execution was avoided by the Ministry.
  • Elena Castillo (Susana Córdoba): Alonso's love interest in the present day and Bianca's doppelgänger.
  • Susana Torres (Mar Saura): The Prime Minister's liaison with the Ministry. Her visits usually mean bad news for Salvador.
  • Lucía (Luisa Gavasa): Appears in the 3rd season claiming to be Lola Mendieta's daughter.
  • Ambrogio Spinola (Ramón Langa): One of the main generals of the Spanish Army during the 17th century, most notable for the siege of Breda. He works for the Ministry, and admits he made the mistake of reading about his fate in the books.
  • Enriqueta Martí (María Rodríguez): A serial murderer who worked as Amelia's maid for a short time.
  • Marisa (Nieve de Medina): An old love interest of Ernesto's who has returned to work in the Ministry.
  • Armando Leiva (José Antonio Lobato): A former agent who rebelled against the Ministry when Salvador refused to allow him to bring his 10-year-old son, diagnosed with leukemia, to the present so that doctors from the 21st century could tend to him.
  • Maite (Mar Ulldemolins): Julián's late wife, whom he visits by way of the doors of time.
  • Paul Walcott (Jimmy Shaw): An American time traveller who worked for mysterious corporation Darrow Ltd.
  • Bosco de Sobrecasa (Luis Iglesia): A high-ranking member, possibly the leader, of the Society of the Exterminating Angel, which has discovered the existence of the Ministry and plans to use the time doors to fully restore absolute monarchy in Spain across history.
  • Juan Martín Díez "El Empecinado" (Hovik Keuchkerian): A notable guerrilla combatant who becomes the target of two Napoleonic soldiers who travel to 2015 and find out about his role in the impending Peninsular War.
Cast of El Ministerio del Tiempo
Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4
Rodolfo Sancho Julián Martínez Main Main (2x01, 2x07-2x13) Main (4x01, 4x03-4x05, 4x07-4x08)[9]
Aura Garrido Amelia Folch Main Main (3x01-3x06) Episodic (4x03)[9]
Nacho Fresneda Alonso de Entrerríos Main Main (4x01-4x03, 4x05-4x08)
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo Irene Larra Girón Main
Juan Gea Ernesto Jiménez / Pedro Fernández de Torquemada Main
Jaime Blanch Salvador Martí Main
Francesca Piñón Angustias Vázquez Main
Hugo Silva Jesús Méndez Pontón "Pacino" Main (2x02-2x08) Main
Macarena García Lola Mendieta (young)" Main (3x02-3x13) Main (4x01-4x02, 4x04-4x05)
Natalia Millán Lola Mendieta Recurrent
Julián Villagrán Diego Velázquez Recurrent
Susana Córdoba Blanca/Elena Castillo Recurrent
Mar Ulldemolins Maite Recurrent Episodic Episodic
Mar Saura Susana Torres Episodic Recurrent
Luisa Gavasa Lucía Recurrent
Ramón Langa Ambrosio Spínola Episodic Episodic
Víctor Clavijo Lope de Vega Episodic Episodic Episodic
Ángel Ruiz Federico García Lorca Episodic Recurrent
Miko Jarry Adolf Hitler Episodic Episodic
Pere Ponce Miguel de Cervantes Episodic Episodic
Belén Fabra Marta Cascajosa Recurrent
Luis Iglesia Bosco de Sobrecasa Recurrent
Marcel Borrás Carlos Munuera Mateu Recurrent
Daniel Pérez Prada Juan Salcedo Recurrent
Rachel Lascar Mary Tudor Episodic
Julius Cotter Sir Henry Bedingfield Episodic

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Total # Title Directed by Air date Mill. of viewers
11"El tiempo es el que es (Time is what it is)"Marc VigilFebruary 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)2.98
Julián Martínez is a Samur paramedic depressed over the death of his wife. During a fire, he encounters two men dressed as in the days of Napoleon. After convalescence, he is recruited by the Ministry of Time, alongside 19th century student Amelia Folch and 16th century soldier Alonso de Entrerríos, to travel to 1808 to stop the French from killing guerrilla captain Juan Martín Díez.
22"Tiempo de Gloria (Time of glory)"Abigail SchaaffMarch 2, 2015 (2015-03-02)2.65
Gil Pérez, prestigious agent of the Ministry during the reign of Philip II, finds out that writer Lope de Vega, enlisted in the Spanish Armada, did not embark on the San Juan, one of the few ships that returned from England, as planned. Instead, he is on the San Esteban, where he will most likely be killed. Julián, Amelia and Alonso travel to Lisbon in 1588 to ensure that Lope embarks on the right ship.
33"Cómo se reescribe el tiempo (How does time get rewritten)"Marc VigilMarch 9, 2015 (2015-03-09)2.65
Himmler, informed of the existence of a door in the Monastery of Montserrat, travels there to make use of it, taking advantage of he meeting at Hendaye between Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco. The Nazi aim is to rewrite history. By travelling to Montserrat, Amelia, Julián and Alonso are tasked with avoiding this, whilst Ernesto and Irene go to Hendaye, to disrupt the negotiations between Hitler and Franco for the participation of Spain in the Second World War.
44"Una negociación a tiempo (A deal in time)"Jorge DoradoMarch 16, 2015 (2015-03-16)2.93
The Ministry of Time was established in 1491 by Isabella I of Castille after obtaining the Book of Doors from Rabbi Abraham Levi in exchange of protection for him and his family. The queen promised to protect him, but cruel Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada sentenced him to the stake behind her back. The lawyer of the Rabbi's family has found documents that prove the queen did nothing to protect him and demands heavy compensation from the Ministry in exchange of his silence. Against the rules of the Ministry, Julián, Amelia and Alonso are sent to 1491 to save Levi, but the door to that year is in a time loop and they only have one day to accomplish their mission.
55"Cualquier tiempo pasado (Every past time)"Abigail SchaaffMarch 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)2.53
In 1981, Pablo Picasso's famed painting Guernica came back to Spain from New York City's Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the consolidation of Spanish democracy. The Ministry receives reports that someone in that year is trying to prevent the return from happening. Salvador sends Julián, Amelia and Alonso to the Civil War to find the receipt of the order, and later to 1981 to ensure that the painting will make it back to Spain.
66"Tiempo de pícaros (Time of rascals)"Marc VigilMarch 30, 2015 (2015-03-30)2.11
A mobile phone appears in an archaeological excavation in Salamanca meant to find remains from the 16th century. It is revealed that the phone belongs to an entrepreneur of the present who absconded in 2013 after his business was exposed as a fraud. The patrol travel to 1520 to find him, with the unexpected help of a young boy named Lázaro de Tormes, who they will also have to save after he is arrested and sentenced to death. Meanwhile, Irene interrogates Paul Walcott, captured by the Ministry and locked in a 1053 prison in Huesca.
77"Tiempo de venganza (Time of revenge)"Jorge DoradoApril 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)2.19
In 1843, Isabella II of Spain becomes queen at the age of 13 (with her mother Maria Christina assuming regency), and a year later, she demands to visit the Ministry of Time. Rebel former Ministry agent Armando Leiva, who recruited Irene back in 1960, has escaped from prison in the Middle Age and plans to capitalize on the visit to kill the queen. With the very existence of the Ministry at stake, Ernesto, Amelia and Alonso are sent to foil Leiva's plans, but when they are captured, they depend on Irene, under suspicion for Leiva's escape, and Julián, who is enjoying his wife's company.
88"La leyenda del tiempo (Legend of time)"Marc VigilApril 13, 2015 (2015-04-13)2.25
A tablet computer appears on the poster advertising a 1924 performance of Don Juan Tenorio. Julián, Amelia and Alonso head to the Residencia de Estudiantes that year to retrieve it, where they meet writer Federico García Lorca, painter Salvador Dalí and filmmaker Luis Buñuel. They soon discover that it is a ruse planned by someone who knows the Ministry, and they begin to receive photos of their lives in the past and the future.

Season 2[edit]

Total # Title Directed by Air date Mill. of viewers
91"Tiempo de leyenda (Time of legend)"Marc VigilFebruary 15, 2016 (2016-02-15)2.84
The Ministry is still recovering from the impact of Irene's betrayal. Lola Mendieta is in prison. Julián is back after some rest and psychiatric treatment, and a new case awaits: the discovery of dated remains that could belong to El Cid, who was thought to be buried in Burgos cathedral. Alonso and Amelia are sent with Ambrogio Spinola to the eleventh century to lead the investigation, which means pulling Julián from the team.
102"El tiempo en sus manos (The time on his hands)"Marc VigilFebruary 22, 2016 (2016-02-22)2.68
After Julián's departure, Salvador activates every protocol of search for him to be arrested wherever in time he may have gone. Meanwhile, a 1981 policeman arrives in the present chasing a murderer who fled through a closet. His name is Jesús Méndez, nicknamed "Pacino" for his resemblance to the actor, and finds out that the police files claim he is guilty of the murders he was investigating and has been missing for 35 years. He must catch the killer to prove his innocence.
113"Tiempo de hidalgos (Time of hidalgos)"Abigail SchaaffFebruary 29, 2016 (2016-02-29)2.67
The Ministry receives a warning from late 1604 from Juan de la Cuesta's workshop, 87 Atocha St. The printing has made a deal with Miguel de Cervantes to publish the Princeps edition of Don Quixote but they have been warned that he did not present it to the Castilla's Council to ask for the printing license. It may therefore never be published. To solve the case, Pacino will be a part of the team for the first time.
124"El Monasterio del Tiempo (The monastery of time)"Jorge DoradoMarch 7, 2016 (2016-03-07)2.59
In Christmas 1808, during the Peninsular War, Napoleon Bonaparte had to sleep on the Santa Clara de Tordesillas' abbey. In that same abbey, the Napoleonic troops have arrested three men: Tordesillas' priest, and two Spanish men accused of spying on the French movements on the zone. According to history, the intervention of the abbess convinced Napoleon to pardon the life of the three men. But the Ministry has been warned that the abbess died before what history says. One of the three men is an ancestor of Adolfo Suárez, President of the Government of Spain during transition. If the history changes and Napoleon executes them, Adolfo Suárez will not be born.
135"Un virus de otro tiempo (A virus from another time)"Abigail SchaaffMarch 14, 2016 (2016-03-14)2.47
During a mission in 1918 to attend the birth of Carmen Amaya, Irene falls ill with the Spanish flu. Dr Vargas, who accompanied the mission, decides to return to the Ministry and leave Irene behind. However, Susana Torres, the new undersecretary, orders that procedures be followed and Irene must be brought back. With this, all of the Ministry will be at the mercy of a disease that killed millions and for which there is no vaccine. The Ministry is forced to close its doors to avoid spreading the disease through time. Inside, the flu begins to exact its first victims, and Susana Torres sees that it is not as easy as she thought to govern the Ministry.
146"Tiempo de magia (Time of magic)"Paco PlazaMarch 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)2.20
Joaquín Argamasilla is a young man who claims to have a gift: to see through objects even when blindfolded. His followers include Ramón del Valle-Inclán and Santiago Ramón y Cajal. When his fame transcends borders, he is called to New York by the magician and escapologist Harry Houdini to see if his powers are real. The problem is that Argamasilla is an agent of the Ministry of that time and is suspected of betraying its existence to the Americans. The patrol is escorted to New York so that, in the event that the suspicions are true, he does not succeed.
157"Tiempo de valientes I (Time of the braves - part one)"Marc VigilMarch 28, 2016 (2016-03-28)2.33
In the Ministry, Salvador has retaken control. Upon arrival, the Ministry is subject to audit and all agents - including the patrol - must perform administrative and supervisory tasks over the time portals. Meanwhile, Julián, after finding that the Ministry has discovered his position, leaves the Cuban War of Independence and travels to the Philippines, only to witness further pain inflicted by Spanish soldiers. After swearing to a dying man that he will take a gem of his grandmother's to his Tagalog lover, he travels to Baler, where he is besieged.
168"Tiempo de valientes II (Time of the braves - part two)"Marc VigilApril 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)2.47
Julián is still trapped in the Siege of Baler. Located at random by the Ministry, Salvador sends Alonso de Entrerríos to release him on a secret mission that even Amelia and Pacino know nothing of. Alonso and Julián witness the heroism of men defending a place without weapons, without food and consumed by disease. They are fighting for what they believe to be Spanish territory without knowing that that had ceased to be: Spain had already renounced its rights over Cuba and the Philippines. Given the prolonged absence of Alonso, Amelia and Pacino suspect that behind it all there is something questionable.
179"Óleo sobre tiempo (Oil painting over time)"Jorge DoradoApril 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)1.91
Velázquez receives an alarm on his mobile. One of his paintings has just been auctioned in 2016 at a stratospheric price. The problem is that it is one of the paintings destroyed by fire at the Alcázar de Madrid in 1734. In the absence of patrols due to a labor agreement, Velázquez, himself, and Irene travel there to investigate what is happening.
1810"Separadas en el tiempo (Separated by time)"Abigail SchaaffMay 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)1.75
In the present, Irene visits an exhibition on the role of women in the struggle for social rights in Spain. There is a school group with their teacher, who faints upon seeing a woman like her in a photo from 1930 of the Sinsombrero, a group of avant-garde women who have been largely forgotten. As an investigation into the case begins, an alarm in the Ministry arises: the Vampire of Raval has not been arrested when history says and walks free. The situation worsens as it is realised that she is not only free, but also knows time travel.
1911"Tiempo de lo oculto (Time of the Occult)"Javier Ruiz CalderaMay 10, 2016 (2016-05-10)2.03
Sebastián Lombardi, a visionary who directed a television show about paranormal researches that was cancelled after he casually discovered the Ministry and threatened to expose it, is back for revenge now that he no longer needs TV for his show thanks to social networks. He is invited to visit the Ministry, which the agents attempt to make him see as a common government building, but he escapes through one of the time doors to La Rábida in 1485, when Christopher Columbus has just arrived to sell King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella his project of a new route to India. The ministry attempts to track him down.
2012"Hasta que el tiempo os separe (Until time do you part)"Jorge DoradoMay 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)2.12
Salvador and Julián attend a wedding in a castle. The castle is the site of a local legend, of the young Constanza who could not marry her beloved (a humble shepherd) because of Fadrique, lord of the castle, in 1212. The legend is in fact true, and the castle contains a time portal not catalogued by the Ministry.
2113"Cambio de tiempo (Change of time)"Marc VigilMay 23, 2016 (2016-05-23)2.01
After the defeat of the Spanish Armada along the English coast, Philip II, sunk by the disaster, decides to break the rules of the Ministry (imposed by Isabella) and travel back in time to correct errors and have the Armada win the battle. Following the refusal of the Ministry in 1588 to collaborate, Philip takes hold of the Inquisition, enters the Ministry and discovers that not only can he travel into the past but also the future. He plants himself in 2016 so that he can not only be king of the world, but also king of time. When the patrol returns from a mission where they saved one of the fathers of the Constitution of 1812, they find that history has changed.

Season 3[edit]

Total # Title Directed by Air date Mill. of viewers
221"Con el tiempo en los talones (With time on his heels)"Marc VigilJune 1, 2017 (2017-06-01)2.04
Julian is killed in the 1937 Battle of Teruel. Grieving, Amelia and Alonso answer a call from Pacino. He's unofficially at the 1958 San Sebastián International Film Festival where Alfred Hitchcock is the Guest of Honour. But, in a Vertigo-like twist, fellow ministry of time agent (and lover) Marta is killed in a fall. Pacino interrogates a captured spy to find the Soviets plan to kidnap Hitchcock to produce propaganda films. Dodging more riffs from his films, the agents save Hitchcock but, Marnie-like, Pacino sees Marta alive! Back at the Ministry, Salvador is confined to a wheelchair due to a broken leg but spots one construction worker going into the ministry. Irene dismisses him as a lost worker but he later hides in the corridors, poisons a Soviet prisoner, and plots sabotage...
232"Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)"Jorge DoradoJune 8, 2017 (2017-06-08)1.73
The agents travel to 1943 Spain and France to ensure "Operation Mincemeat" goes through. The plot will fool Hitler into defending Greece instead of Sicily, but needs a fresh corpse for the deception. Instead they get a live volunteer. Ernesto and a young Lola are captured and tortured by Nazis, then marched to a firing squad. Back at the Ministry, modern-day Lola dies of radiation poisoning. Salvador and Irene learn the other roaming poisoner is a rogue Ministry agent from another era who's "dead".
243"Tiempo de hechizos (Time of witchcraft)"Koldo SerraJune 15, 2017 (2017-06-15)1.44
The poet Gustavo Adolfo Becquer wrote an unchronicled letter about a young witch who appears in three paintings in 1510, 1687, and 1864. Is she time-traveling? Investigating, Amelia and Alonso are bewitched as Pacino risks his life to save the witch and a baby from a Satanic cult. Back at the Ministry, Salvador recruits young Lola as an agent, tasks a suspicious Irene to train her - and it's Lola who cracks the mystery!
254"Tiempo de ilustrados (Time of the Enlightened)"Jorge DoradoJune 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)1.55
In 2017, Goya's The Naked Maja is slashed as if by ghosts. The team travels to 1799 to convince Goya to paint it again. Local entanglements arise as a corrupt minister holds an orphanage hostage, Simón Bolívar can't get his girl, and a cult of "Exterminating Angels" spread terror aided by Pacino's former lover Marta. And Velázquez demands to meet the great Goya!
265"Tiempo de esplendor (Time of splendor)"Oskar SantosJune 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)1.47
In 1604, King Philip III and England meet to sign a peace treaty, but a poisoner tries to sabotage the peace. Alonso and Pacino hunt the assassin and learn he's an Exterminating Angel. Amelia advises Queen Margaret on womanly politics and chastises Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega for bickering about meeting Shakespeare. Back at the Ministry, Salvador prevents Lola from going on missions, so she absconds with a stack of priceless paintings!
276"Tiempo de esclavos (Time of slaves)"Ignasi TarruellaJuly 6, 2017 (2017-07-06)1.24
In 1881 (Amelia's time), King Alfonso XII is gunned down by a house slave. The agents detour to Cuba to rescue slaves, and reboot history so the King is never shot. Yet the agents are betrayed, and rescued by Lola, working undercover on secret orders from Salvador. Another cult, the Sons of Padilla, connive to change history. And they have. With her family broken and destitute, Amelia quits the Ministry, in hopes of a someday return.
287"Tiempo de censura (Time of censorship)"Abigail SchaaffSeptember 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)1.55
In 1961, the film Viridiana should be released to international acclaim, but a censor's last-minute switch bans it. Pacino plies the censor with lottery tickets and learns he was bribed by an Exterminating Angel. Irene, who's from this era, visits her estranged family and husband. Back at the Ministry, Lola trains in fighting, learns about 2017, and persuades her elderly daughter(!) to relinquish a complete photocopy of the undamaged Book of Doors.
298"Tiempo de conquista (Time of conquest)"Koldo SerraSeptember 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)1.57
In 1516, in Yucatan, Alonso and Pacino dodge savage Mayans, bloodthirsty Spaniards, and an Exterminating Angel to ensure Gonzalo Guerrero and Gerónimo de Aguilar survive to make history. Alonso also meets his storied grandfather. Back at the Ministry, Marta and the Sons of Padilla threaten agents' families and young orphan Salvador, who's dying. Quick action by Ernesto and Lola - as a nun with a gun - saves Salvador and captures Marta!
309"El cisma del tiempo (The schism of time)"Miguel AlcantudOctober 2, 2017 (2017-10-02)1.40
In 2017, the Exterminating Angels hold Rabbi Abraham Levi hostage. Using the Kabbalah, he wrote The Book of Doors, and the Angels demand a path to the future. Impossible (or is it?). Levi escapes to 1417, in the castle at Peñiscola, and meets Antipope Benedict XIII, who gets popped to 2017. The time agents work to free Levi and Benedict with the help of the last Knights Templar of 1317. Back at the Ministry, Salvador negotiates with Marta, now branded a traitor with nothing to lose. She demands her father be freed - and he bashes her into a coma!
3110"Refugiados por el tiempo (Refugees through time)"Gabe IbáñezOctober 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)1.45
In 1828, Alonso and Pacino save Simón Bolívar from an Exterminating Angel (Arteche) who's unkillable. Back home, Moorish refugees from 1609 stumble into 2017 Madrid. Salvador and Irene juggle the refugees and a mad bomber. Ernesto and Lola go to 1609 to convince King Philip III of Spain to rescue the Moors. Elena comes back into Alonso's life, and Marta wakes from her coma with no memory of Pacino!
3211"Tiempo de verbena (Time of fair)"Miguel AlcantudOctober 16, 2017 (2017-10-16)1.29
Angustias attends the 1894 premiere of La verbena de la Paloma, the seminal zarzuela, but finds the show cancelled. Lola and Pacino soothe egos and financing to put the show back on. Back at the Ministry, Alonso interrogates and befriends Arteche the immortal. In exchange for a peaceful death back in Roman times, Arteche reveals the chief Exterminating Angel is posing as the President's liaison to Salvador! Irene gentles Marta to retrieve her memory, but video-viewing her father's assault shocks her.
3312"Contratiempos (Setbacks)"Marcos CastilloOctober 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)0.98
The patrol is sent to 1976 because Adolfo Suárez is not destined to be Prime Minister of Spain. The head Exterminating Angel has abducted Elena to force Alonso to assassinate Suárez, and Pacino shoots Alonso dead. The Angel admits his killers to the Ministry to battle the Sons of Padilla. But Salvador's team subdues the lot with traps and gas, and Alonso is alive to rescue Elena! The time-meddlers' threat is finally over. Meanwhile, Lola's elderly daughter is dying and wishes to know her father's identity, so young Lola visits older Lola for answers. Pacino says farewell as Marta returns to her own era of 1576.
3413"Entre dos tiempos (Between two times)"Miguel AlcantudNovember 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)1.08
A cheesy TV series based on the Ministry's missions is under production in 1966 and threatens to reveal its secrets. Lola, Alonso, and Pacino scotch that effort with bad scripts and swap in Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's Historias para no dormir. But... returning to 2017, they find the Ministry overrun with time tourists! Another meddler with a Book of Doors is making millions. He banishes the heroes to 1350, where a one-eyed Irene leads guerrillas. But the flu is a new plague running rife across timelines. Pacino gets to take part in the Ministry's first and only travel to the future to see Madrid devastated by disease in 2019. The meddler puts things right and all ends well. And Alonso resigns to spend time with Elena. "Sometimes you need to save your own life."

Season 4[edit]

Total # Title Directed by Air date Mill. of viewers
351"Perdido en el tiempo (Lost in time)"Chiqui CarabanteMay 5, 2020 (2020-05-05)1.57
After three years out of action, Alonso, now father of a child with Elena, is pulled out of retirement by the Ministry and reunited with Pacino and Lola (who are dating each other). The reason? 1940's rising film star Eulogio Romero, who not only is identical to his former patrol partner Julián, who was believed dead, but also part of a plan to make Francisco Franco die 32 years too early.
362"El laberinto del tiempo (The labyrinth of time)"Marc VigilMay 12, 2020 (2020-05-12)1.44
While on his era, Velázquez discovers Philip IV has a new mistress from the future, who turns out to be a former Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez contestant called Carolina. Pacino and Lola travel to 1981 to investigate her. While there, Pacino encounters a childhood friend, who tells him he's going to star in Pedro Almodóvar's next project. But Pacino knows Antonio Banderas was the star of that movie, which launched both his and Almodóvar's careers. Pacino and Lola are ordered to stay in 1981, and they immerse themselves in La Movida Madrileña to make sure Pedro and Antonio meet, but Pacino also learns his friend is gay and terminally ill with AIDS. Meanwhile, Alonso and Irene discover Carolina used an unknown time door and follow her to 1648 to convince her to return to her time, but the mission gets complicated when they discover she's a victim of domestic violence.
373"Bloody Mary Hour"Catxo LópezMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)1.15
When the Ministry receives word that Elizabeth I has been murdered before ever being crowned queen, Pacino, Alonso, Irene and Lola travel to England to prevent it and get history back on track. Irene befriends Mary I while the guys go hunting with her husband Philip II and his entourage. Alonso can't help comparing him to the much older Philip they've fought against before (in the season 2 finale). Pacino and Alonso save Elizabeth from poisoning and Mary is finally convinced to not kill her sister. Meanwhile, Amelia reluctantly returns to the Ministry to help Julián regain his memories. After trying several approaches, she manages him to make him remember.
384"La memoria del tiempo (The memory of time)"Anaïs ParetoMay 26, 2020 (2020-05-26)1.27
As Velázquez pays a visit to the Museo del Prado in 2020, the Las Meninas painting disappears before his eyes and the Ministry receives word that Pablo Picasso is not working on the Guernica and time is running out. The team travels to 1937, with Julian and Lola going to Madrid, were the paintings were being moved from El Prado due to the Civil War bombings, while Pacino, Irene and Velázquez go to Paris to convince Picasso. The two cases turn out to be connected and the mastermind behind both is an old foe of the Ministry. While in Paris, Irene meets Josephine Baker and Clara Campoamor.
395"Deshaciendo el tiempo (Undoing time)"Carles TorrensJune 2, 2020 (2020-06-02)1.29
The patrol has a new mission, but Pacino is ordered to stay because of his emotional turmoil. Irene orders Carolina, now working for the Ministry, to keep an eye on him. Pacino decides to change time to save Lola. He travels two weeks back and succeeds in getting Alonso replace Lola on the previous mission, without realizing Carolina is following him. Lola is saved, but Julián and Alonso are killed instead. Pacino travels back to save them, but they're kidnapped by Díaz Bueno. He realizes Carolina's been trailing him. Back to the present, they find Julián and Alonso are now children, as a result of travelling 30 years into the past on Díaz Bueno's ship (the Anacronópete), without being given the protective Garcia Fluid. Pacino and Carolina travel one month back to neutralize Díaz Bueno. They get him in custody, but he reveals he hid a bomb in the Ministry a while back. The bomb explodes, with Angustias being the only survivor. Pacino wants to try again, but Carolina convinces him to let Lola go. Meanwhile, at home Lola holds a positive pregnancy test. Pacino goes to the past and fixes the timeline. Two weeks before, after kidnapping Lola, the Anacronópete travels to 1945, right in the middle of a World War II's battle.
406"El tiempo vuela (Time flies)"Chiqui CarabanteJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09)1.25
After Angustias alerts Salvador that Albert Einstein has been murdered in Madrid in 1923 and his friend Emilio Herrera is under suspicion, the undersecretary takes matters into his own hands, while reminiscing about Herrera's connection to him and his wife.
417"Pretérito imperfecto (Past imperfect)"Koldo SerraJune 16, 2020 (2020-06-16)1.25
When king Ferdinand VII seems about to die too early, paving the way for the rise to the throne of his brother Carlos María Isidro, the Ministry hires a down-on-his-luck actor to replace him while they treat the king in the 21st century.
428"Días de futuro pasado (Days of future past)"Jorge DoradoJune 23, 2020 (2020-06-23)1.15
The corpse of a child appears near the Ministry's headquarters, and the clues for the murder are scattered across time.

Special appearances[edit]

Actress Michelle Jenner reprised the role of Isabella I of Castille she had played in Isabel for a special appearance on El Ministerio del Tiempo.

Episode 1[edit]

Episode 2[edit]

Episode 3[edit]

Episode 4[edit]

Episode 5[edit]

  • Raúl Pulido as Pablo Picasso
  • Roberto Álvarez as Julián's father
  • Vicente Gil as Fernando Jiménez del Oso

Episode 6[edit]

  • Juan Blanco as Lázaro de Tormes
  • Alberto Amarilla as Fray Juan
  • Francesc Orella as Alberto Díaz Bueno

Episode 7[edit]

Episode 8[edit]

Episode 9[edit]

Episode 10[edit]

  • Andrés Gertrúdix as Francisco Morán
  • Santiago Meléndez as Pacino's father
  • Antonio Reyes as Morán's father
  • Ximena Vera as Morán's mother
  • Carmela Lloret and Eva Llorach as two of Morán's victims

Episode 11[edit]

  • Pere Ponce as Miguel de Cervantes
  • Víctor Clavijo's second appearance as Lope de Vega
  • Jimmy Shaw as Lord Charles York/Walcott
  • Markos Marín as John Bennet
  • Miguel Rellán's second appearance as Gil Pérez

Episode 12[edit]

Episode 13[edit]

  • Elena Furiase as Micaela Amaya
  • José Luis Torrijo as Doctor Vargas
  • José Ramón Iglesias as Germán
  • Tania Vilamarín as María Pita
  • Joaquín Gómez as Germán's father
  • Jaime Zatarain as Ramón de la Vega
  • Pepe Zafra as young Velázquez
  • Guillermo Vallverdú as Mariano
  • Javier Laorden as Pepe
  • Juan Carlos Villanueva as Gregorio Marañón
  • José Luis Patiño as Francisco Pacheco
  • Sergi Méndez as young Alonso de Entrerríos
  • Nicole Valle as young Blanca

Episode 14[edit]

Episodes 15/16[edit]

  • Pedro Alonso as Saturnino Martín Cerezo [es]
  • Paco Marin as Rogelio Vigil de Quiñones
  • Aitor Merino as Antonio Sanchez Menache
  • Jordi Vilches as José Lafarga Abad
  • Joan Carles Suau as Miguel
  • Borja Maestre as Heredia
  • Alberto Jiménez as Enrique de las Morenas y Fossi
  • Juan José Ballesta as Vicente González Toca
  • Nacho Sánchez as Rafael Ríos
  • Andrey Finanta as Alejo
  • Vanessa Castro as Maria
  • Pastora Vega as Pacino's mother
  • Mónica Estarreado as Asunción
  • Santiago Meléndez as Luis Méndez (Pacino's father)

Episode 17[edit]

Episode 18[edit]

  • Carlos Cuevas as Javier
  • Mario Tardón as Dr. Madrigal
  • Arnau García as young Salvador Martí
  • Alexandra Jiménez as Teresa Méndez / Julia Lozano
  • Rosa Vivas as Salvador's adoptive mother

Episode 19[edit]

Episode 20[edit]

  • Nancho Novo as Don Fadrique de Villaespesa
  • Alba Ribas as Constanza
  • Chusa Barbero as Claudia
  • Raúl Cimas as Isaac Vila
  • Richard Sahagún as Alberto Ortigosa
  • Garbiñe Insausti as Natalia Vila
  • Maitane San Nicolás as Rocio
  • Patrick Criado as Sancho
  • Félix Arkarazo as Ernest Hemingway
  • Javier Mula as Saavedra
  • Pepe Rodríguez as himself

Episode 21[edit]

Episode 22[edit]

Episode 23[edit]

  • José Manuel Poga as William Martin
  • Antonio Dechent as Mr. Naylor
  • Cuca Escribano as Mrs. Naylor
  • Christian Stamm as Sgt. Sommer
  • Mark Schardan as Ewen Montagu
  • Mikel Tello as Azcárate
  • Miko Jarry's second appearance as Adolf Hitler

Awards[edit]

The series won the 2015 Ondas Award for Best Spanish Series.[10] In 2017 it won at Premios Feroz the awards for best drama series, best lead actress (Aura Garrido) and best supporting actor for a television series (Hugo Silva, tied with Velvet's José Sacristán).[11]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2016 4th MiM Series Awards [es] Best Drama Series Nominated [12]
Best Direction Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
Best Drama Actor Hugo Silva Nominated
2017 4th Feroz Awards Best Drama Series Won [13]
Best Lead Actress (TV) Aura Garrido Won
Best Lead Actor (TV) Nacho Fresneda Nominated
Rodolfo Sancho Nominated
Best Supporting Actor (TV) Hugo Silva (ex aequo with José Sacristán) Won
Julián Villagrán Nominated
Jaime Blanch Nominated
Best Supporting Actress (TV) Cayetana Guillén Cuervo Nominated
5th MiM Series Awards [es] Best Drama Actor Nacho Fresneda Nominated [14]
2018 5th Feroz Awards Best Drama Series Nominated [15]
Best Lead Actor (TV) Hugo Silva Nominated
Best Lead Actress (TV) Aura Garrido Nominated
Best Supporting Actress (TV) Cayetana Guillén Cuervo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor (TV) Jaime Blanch Nominated
5th Platino Awards Best Miniseries or TV series El Ministerio del Tiempo Won [16]
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV series Aura Garrido Nominated
2021 8th Feroz Awards Best Drama Series Nominated [17]

International adaptations[edit]

A Portuguese language adaptation entitled Ministério do Tempo was produced by Iniziomedia. The format has also been sold to China, with negotiations mentioned for Germany, France, Italy and US.[18] An adaptation of the series was shot in Ukraine, but has not been released.[19]

Timeless lawsuit[edit]

On 27 September 2016 Onza Partners presented a lawsuit to the CDCA against Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, and executive producers Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke and John Davis for copyright infringement and breach of implied contract, claiming that the U.S. TV series Timeless is a copy of El Ministerio del Tiempo.[20][21]

The defendants responded to the suit in a November 23, 2016 filing, contending that shows about time travel are an established television genre, and that similarities between the two shows are generic, and largely based on the notion that the main characters will travel in time to effect some kind of change.[22] A request to dismiss Onza's lawsuit by Sony was denied on February 15, 2017,[23] but the two parties ultimately came to an agreement and jointly moved to dismiss.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'El Ministerio del Tiempo' se estrena el martes 24 de febrero contra 'Bajo sospecha'". FormulaTV (in Spanish). 18 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ Pimentel, Aurelio (24 March 2015). "TVE renueva 'El Ministerio del Tiempo'" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  3. ^ Pimentel, Aurelio (22 September 2016). "'El Ministerio del Tiempo' tendrá tercera temporada". RTVE (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. ^ "'El Ministerio del Tiempo' viaja por el mundo con Netflix" [‘El Ministerio del Tiempo’ travels the world with Netflix]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  5. ^ "'El Ministerio del Tiempo' estrena su cuarta temporada en La 1 el 5 de mayo". FormulaTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  6. ^ Press, Europa (2020-04-30). "'El Ministerio del Tiempo' vuelve con una 4ª temporada "más gamberra", "crepuscular" y con "más ciencia ficción"". www.europapress.es. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  7. ^ "El Ministerio del Tiempo chegou hoje à HBO Portugal". Noticias e Tecnologia (in Portuguese). 2020-04-20. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  8. ^ a b "Por qué no vamos a echar de menos a Rodolfo Sancho en "El Ministerio del Tiempo"" [Why we will not miss Rodolfo Sancho in The Ministry of Time]. ABC (in Spanish). Madrid. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "'El Ministerio del Tiempo' confirma el regreso de Rodolfo Sancho y Aura Garrido: se rueda la 4ª temporada con todos". El Periódico (in Spanish). 12 November 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  10. ^ "'EL MINISTERIO DEL TIEMPO', PREMIO ONDAS A LA MEJOR SERIE ESPAÑOLA" (in Spanish). 28 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  11. ^ "La lista completa de ganadores de los premios Feroz 2017" [The full list of winners of the 2017 Premios Feroz]. El Huffington Post (in Spanish). Madrid. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  12. ^ Martínez, Paula (28 November 2016). "Listado de ganadores de los Premios MiM 2016". FormulaTV.
  13. ^ "Premios Feroz 2017: Listado completo de ganadores". FormulaTV. 23 January 2017.
  14. ^ Moreno, Abraham (19 December 2017). "'Sé quién eres', 'Estoy vivo' y 'Allí abajo', grandes triunfadoras de los Premios MiM Series 2017". FormulaTV.
  15. ^ Lázaro, Margarita (22 January 2018). "La lista completa de ganadores de los premios Feroz 2018". HuffPost.
  16. ^ Fotogramas.es (14 March 2018). "Así quedan las nominaciones a los Premios Platino". Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Lista completa de ganadores de los Premios Feroz 2021". FormulaTV. 3 March 2021.
  18. ^ "El ministerio del tiempo abre sede en Portugal" [El ministerio del tiempo opens headquarters in Portugal]. TodoTVNews (in Spanish). Montevideo, Uruguay. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  19. ^ telekritika (2019-12-13). "Вышел тизер фантастического сериала "Часова варта" с Никитюк и Горбуновым". Telekritika (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  20. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 27, 2016). "NBC's Timeless Sued by Creators of Spain's El Ministerio del Tiempo". TVLine.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  21. ^ ""Timeless", la serie acusada de plagiar a "El Ministerio del Tiempo", cancelada". 11 May 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  22. ^ Patten, Dominic (November 23, 2016). "NBC and Sony Want Timeless Ripoff Lawsuit Made History". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 27, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  23. ^ Johnson, Ted (February 16, 2017). "Judge Refuses to Dismiss Timeless Copyright Infringement Lawsuit". Variety. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  24. ^ Patten, Dominic (May 26, 2017). "'Timeless' Ripoff Lawsuit Looks To Be A Thing Of The Past". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 19, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.

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