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PortugueseCrimes Submersos
Screenplay by
  • Arturo Ruiz
  • Daniel Corpas
Directed by
  • Joaquín Llamas
  • Oriol Ferrer
Country of origin
  • Spain
  • Portugal
Original languages
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production locationsMadrid region, Province of Cáceres, Lisbon region, Leiria
Production companies
  • RTVE
  • RTP
  • Atlantia Media
  • Coral Europa
Original release
Release18 January 2022 (2022-01-18)

Sequía (lit.'Drought'),[1] as known in Spain, or Crimes Submersos (lit.'Underwater Crimes') in Portugal,[2] is a Spanish–Portuguese thriller television series which stars Elena Rivera, Marco d'Almeida, Guilherme Filipe, Miryam Gallego and Rodolfo Sancho, among others. It is produced by Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) and Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) in collaboration with Atlantia Media and Coral Europa. It premiered on La 1 and RTVE Play on 18 January 2022[3] and on RTP1 on 21 January 2022.[4]



The plot starts with the discovery of two skeletons at the bottom of a water reservoir as the ongoing event of severe drought has led to the unflooding of the drowned village of Campomediano.[5] Police inspector Daniela Yanes takes over the case.[5][6] The plot gets to involve two families living at different sides of the border between Portugal and Spain.[7]



Production and release

Presentation of the series at the IberSeries Platino Industria Festival on 30 September 2021.

Produced by Spanish and Portuguese public broadcasters RTVE and RTP in collaboration with Atlantia Media and Coral Europa, the series was written by Arturo Ruiz and Daniel Corpas whereas the direction was tasked to Joaquín Llamas and Oriol Ferrer. Director Joaquín Llamas described the series as a "thriller mixed with a 'family noir'".[10] José de Castro was responsible for the score.[7] Shooting began in the Madrid region in June 2021.[11][12] The crew later moved to Cáceres, Extremadura. Filming locations in Cáceres included the old town, the sanctuary of Virgen de la Montaña, the area near the Palacio de Justicia and the old mining neighborhood of Aldea Moret [es].[13] Production in Cáceres ended in late July and then moved to the Lisbon region.[2][14] Production also worked in Leiria.[15] Originally intended to consist of six 70-minute-long episodes, it was restructured to fit a format of 8 episodes of around 60 minutes.[1]

The series was pre-screened at the "IberSeries Platino Industria" Festival on 30 September 2021.[16]


  1. ^ a b Dale, Martin (17 September 2021). "RTVE-RTP Co-Production 'Sequía' Aims to Bring an Emotional Punch to Southern Noir". Variety.
  2. ^ a b "Portugal: Co-productions are 'window of opportunity' for national media sector – RTP". Macau Business. 26 August 2021.
  3. ^ Herruzo Martínez, Ignacio (18 January 2022). "Sequía: todo sobre los capítulos de estreno de la serie de TVE". Vertele!. Diez Minutos.
  4. ^ ""Crimes Submersos": nova série da RTP estreia dia 21 de janeiro | Extra | RTP". Extra (in European Portuguese). 11 January 2022. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  5. ^ a b Meneses Cofrades, Mónica (25 July 2021). "Cáceres espera a 'Sequía'". El Periódico Extremadura.
  6. ^ "TVE anuncia su nueva serie 'Sequía', protagonizada Elena Rivera, Rodolfo Sancho y Miryam Gallego". Vertele!. eldiario.es. 25 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Continúa en Cáceres el rodaje de 'Sequía', el nuevo thriller de RTVE y RTP". Digital Extremadura. 27 July 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Prieto, Belén (13 January 2022). "Así es 'Sequía', la serie thriller que estrena TVE con Elena Rivera y Miguel Ángel Muñoz". El Español.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "RTP e RTVE iniciam coprodução de "Crimes Submersos"". n-tv. 22 June 2021.
  10. ^ "'Sequía': Primeras imágenes del thriller de TVE con Elena Rivera, Rodolfo Sancho y Miguel Ángel Muñoz". Diez Minutos. 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Arranca la grabación de 'Sequía', thriller de TVE y la televisión pública portuguesa". Cine y Tele. 21 June 2021.
  12. ^ "La serie 'Sequía', coproducida por Televisión Española y RTP de Portugal, ya se graba en Madrid". Audiovisual451. 21 June 2021.
  13. ^ "La 'sequía' conecta Cáceres y Portugal". EFE. 1 August 2021.
  14. ^ Pechero, Arturo Ch. (31 July 2021). "El actor Miguel Ángel Muñoz se despide de Cáceres alabando a la ciudad y sus vecinos". Canal Extremadura.
  15. ^ "La zaragozana Elena Rivera, protagonista de 'Sequía', la nueva apuesta de TVE". Heraldo de Aragón. 1 October 2021.
  16. ^ "RTVE preestrena la serie 'Sequía' en el Festival IberSeries Platino Industria". neeo.es. 30 September 2021.