The Time in Between (TV series)

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El tiempo entre costuras
Based onEl tiempo entre costuras by María Dueñas
Written by
  • Susana López Rubio
  • Alberto Grondona
  • Carlos Montero
Directed by
  • Iñaki Mercero
  • Iñaki Peñafiel
  • Norberto López Amado
Music byCesar Benito
Country of originSpain
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Executive producer(s)
  • Emilio Pina
  • Reyes Baltanás
Editor(s)Ángel Armada
Running time70 minutes approx.
Production company(s)
Original networkAntena 3
Original releaseOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) – January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)
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El tiempo entre costuras (literally The Time Between Seams, English title: The Time in Between) is a Spanish period drama television series produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3. It is an adaptation of the same-titled novel by María Dueñas, published in English language under the titles The Time in Between and The Seamstress. It premiered on October 21, 2013 on Antena 3. The premiere was seen by 5.018 million people, making it the most watched premiere on Antena 3 in 12 years.[1][2]


The story begins in 1934. Between Youth and Adulthood... Sira Quiroga is a young and attractive seamstress living a humble life in Madrid with her single mother Dolores. During a festival she meets Ignacio, an aspiring gentleman applying for a position in the Spanish Functionary. They begin a relationship and soon decide to marry. Meanwhile, Dona Manuela's business is running slow, leaving her with no other option but to close down the shop, leaving all the seamstresses, including Sira and her mother unemployed and fully reliant on Ignacio's prestigious position in the Functionary. Sira remains unemployed until Ignacio finally convinces her to apply for a post in the Spanish Functionary, but beforehand she must learn to maneuver a typewriter.

At a typewriter shop, she falls in love with the handsome Ramiro Arribas, who immediately ignites a complicated predicament. Eventually she discloses her adulterous ways to Ignacio, not being able to withstand the guilt of marrying him. Heartbroken, Ignacio tells Dolores all about Sira's betrayal, and her mother disowns her. Sira leaves her house and moves in with Ramiro. After months, Dolores finds Sira with news her long-lost father has requested to see her. They attend his invitation together, and Sira discovers her father, Gonzalo Alvarez is one of the wealthiest men in Madrid, and he gives her a fortune of jewels and money. She shares her newfound fortune with Ramiro, who suggests a portion of the money should be invested in a typewriting company in Argentina. Soon, their investments lead them to Tangier, Morocco. Sira sadly leaves her mother behind and takes a leap of faith to flee to Africa with Ramiro.

Soon, Ramiro starts to slack with Sira's money, wasting it all on alcohol and tobacco, so Sira has an argument with him about his money management and how she feels alone. The following day Sira heads to the doctor after detecting she consistently feels unwell and discovers she is pregnant. Hopeful this could save her relationship, Sira hurries to their luxury apartment at the International Hotel to break the news to Ramiro, but finds the place ransacked and empty, with a letter from Ramiro saying he decided to go a different path with his life and took the liberty of taking all Sira's money and jewels with him. In a fit of agony, Sira packs her things and flees the hotel without a word to board a bus and leave Tangier. While on her way Sira has a miscarriage and faints. She awakens in a hospital in Tetuoan handcuffed, and realizes that Ramiro never paid the debt they had pending for the hotel, leaving her with almost 2,500 French francs to pay for. The hotel gives her a year to pay the debt before she is hauled off to prison. She is unable to contact her mother or return to Madrid because war has broken out there. Meanwhile, she is given shelter in Candelaria Matutera's guesthouse.

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. Thanks to her workshop, Sira meets relevant personalities like Juan Luis Beigbeder, the High Commissioner of the Protectorate; Beigbeder's mistress Rosalinda Fox, who becomes a close friend to Sira; Ramón Serrano Suñer, Francisco Franco's brother-in-law; or Alan Hillgarth, the chief of the British intelligence services in Spain. Such personalities impel Sira to get involved in espionage, using the skills of her trade for more dangerous tasks. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers' wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.


The series was filmed in various locations in Spain, Morocco and Portugal. María Dueñas' original novel is set in Madrid, Tangier, Tétouan and Lisbon. Most of scenes in the series were filmed in these cities. Some of the scenes were filmed in Guadalajara and Toledo in Spain, and Estoril and Cascais in Portugal. The budget was estimated in over 500,000 euros per episode.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]


Music score was composed by César Benito. The soundtrack album reached #2 on Spain’s iTunes Store Albums, and #1 on the Soundtracks category. It also won numerous awards, including Best Music for Television by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Television of Spain, and is one of the most played TV soundtracks worldwide on Spotify with more than two million plays since its release.

The "Theme of Sira" from the soundtrack was used by Spanish gymnast Carolina Rodríguez in her ribbon routine since 2014, including the 2016 Summer Olympics.

List of episodes[edit]

Total Title Director Air date Mill. of viewers (share)
1"Amor y otras verdades"Iñaki MerceroOctober 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)5.018 (25.5%)
2"El camino más difícil"Iñaki MerceroOctober 28, 2013 (2013-10-28)5.103 (26.9%)
3"La felicidad de unos cuantos"Iñaki MerceroNovember 4, 2013 (2013-11-04)5.093 (26.2%)
4"Escrito en las estrellas"Iñaki PeñafielNovember 11, 2013 (2013-11-11)4.803 (24.6%)
5"El sol siempre vuelve a salir"Iñaki PeñafielNovember 18, 2013 (2013-11-18)4.688 (24.7%)
6"Espionaje"Iñaki PeñafielNovember 25, 2013 (2013-11-25)4.733 (25.4%)
7"Un refugio en mitad de la tormenta"Norberto López AmadoDecember 2, 2013 (2013-12-02)4.455 (23.3%)
8"El resto de nuestros días"Norberto López AmadoDecember 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)4.687 (24.3%)
9"Los fantasmas del pasado"Iñaki MerceroDecember 16, 2013 (2013-12-16)4.877 (26.5%)
10"Los cuentos que no saben qué contar"Iñaki MerceroJanuary 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)5.014 (25.2%)
11"Regreso al ayer"Norberto López Amado & Iñaki MerceroJanuary 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)5.536 (27.8%)

International broadcast[edit]

The rights for El tiempo entre costuras were acquired in Italy by Canale 5; the series premiered in Italy on April 25, 2014 as Il tempo del coraggio e dell'amore (The Time of Courage and Love) and aired with an average of 3.4 million viewers (14% share).[4] In Portugal, the series aired on TVI. In Japan, the series premiered in June 2015 on NHK General TV as Jonetsu no Shira (Sira's Passion). The rights for the series have also been acquired in China (CCTV-8), Taiwan (PTS), Hungary (MTVA), Croatia (RTL Televizija) or Chile (TVN), among others.[5]

This series is also available on Netflix in the USA on their streaming services.[6]


  1. ^ "Antena 3 estrena 'El tiempo entre costuras' el próximo lunes, contra 'La voz' e 'Isabel'". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Antena 3 estrena 'El tiempo entre costuras', una serie de punto y aparte". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Más de medio millón de euros por capítulo Archived October 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "'Sin Identidad' de Antena 3 triunfa en Mediaset Italia: así doblan a Megan Montaner". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "'El tiempo entre costuras' se emitirá en junio en la televisión pública japonesa". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Cipriani, Casey (July 3, 2014). "Review: Spanish Drama 'The Time in Between' Will Cure Your Hankering for 'Downton Abbey'". Retrieved June 28, 2018.

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