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The Time in Between (TV series)

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The Time in Between
El tiempo entre costuras
Based onEl tiempo entre costuras by María Dueñas
Written by
Directed by
  • Iñaki Mercero
  • Iñaki Peñafiel
  • Norberto López Amado
Music byCesar Benito
Country of originSpain
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Executive producers
  • Emilio Pina
  • Reyes Baltanás
EditorÁngel Armada
Running time70 minutes approx.
Production companies
Original release
NetworkAntena 3
Release21 October 2013 (2013-10-21) –
20 January 2014 (2014-01-20)

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 2009 novel by María Dueñas, published in the English language under the titles The Time in Between and The Seamstress. It premiered on 21 October 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. Sira Quiroga is a dressmaker from a traditional neighborhood of Madrid with her single mother Dolores. During a festival she meets Ignacio, an aspiring gentleman applying for a position in the Spanish civil service. 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 as a civil servant. Sira remains unemployed until Ignacio finally convinces her to apply for a civil service post, but to do this she must learn to use a typewriter.

At the typewriter shop, she falls in love with Ramiro Arribas, which puts her in a difficult predicament. After a while, unable to cope with the guilt of marrying Ignacio, she tells him she has been seeing Ramiro. Ignacio is heartbroken. He tells Dolores about Sira's betrayal, and her mother disowns her. Sira moves in with Ramiro. After months, Dolores finds Sira with news that her long-lost father has asked to see her. They visit him together, and Sira discovers that her father is one of the wealthiest guys in Madrid, Gonzalo Alvarez. When he showers her with jewels and money, Sira shares her newfound fortune with Ramiro, who suggests investing some of the money in a typewriting company in Argentina. Their investments take them to Tangier, Morocco. Sira sadly leaves her mother behind and takes a leap of faith to set off for Africa with Ramiro.

Soon, Ramiro starts wasting Sira's money on alcohol and tobacco. She has an argument with him about his money management and says she feels alone. The following day she sees a doctor as she is feeling unwell all the time, and discovers she is pregnant. Hopeful this will 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 has decided to start a different life and has taken all Sira's money and jewels with him. In desperation Sira packs her things, leaves the hotel without a word and gets on a bus out of Tangier. On the journey she has a miscarriage and faints. She wakes up handcuffed in a hospital in Tetuoan (at that time the capital of the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco), alone, pregnant and with a series of debts that will later take their toll on her. She realizes that Ramiro never paid their bills at the hotel, leaving her with a debt of almost 2,500 French francs. The hotel gives her a year to pay before she is sent 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 become embroiled in 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 important people 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; and Alan Hillgarth, head of the British intelligence service in Spain. These people encourage Sira to become a spy, using the skills of her trade for more dangerous tasks. As the couturier of choice for an eager clientele of Nazi officers' wives, Sira becomes embroiled in a twilight 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 the 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 at over 500,000 euros per episode.[3]

Cast and characters




The 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.[citation needed]

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

Total Title Director Air date Mill. of viewers (share)
1"Amor y otras verdades"Iñaki Mercero21 October 2013 (2013-10-21)5.018 (25.5%)
2"El camino más difícil"Iñaki Mercero28 October 2013 (2013-10-28)5.103 (26.9%)
3"La felicidad de unos cuantos"Iñaki Mercero4 November 2013 (2013-11-04)5.093 (26.2%)
4"Escrito en las estrellas"Iñaki Peñafiel11 November 2013 (2013-11-11)4.803 (24.6%)
5"El sol siempre vuelve a salir"Iñaki Peñafiel18 November 2013 (2013-11-18)4.688 (24.7%)
6"Espionaje"Iñaki Peñafiel25 November 2013 (2013-11-25)4.733 (25.4%)
7"Un refugio en mitad de la tormenta"Norberto López Amado2 December 2013 (2013-12-02)4.455 (23.3%)
8"El resto de nuestros días"Norberto López Amado9 December 2013 (2013-12-09)4.687 (24.3%)
9"Los fantasmas del pasado"Iñaki Mercero16 December 2013 (2013-12-16)4.877 (26.5%)
10"Los cuentos que no saben qué contar"Iñaki Mercero13 January 2014 (2014-01-13)5.014 (25.2%)
11"Regreso al ayer"Norberto López Amado & Iñaki Mercero20 January 2014 (2014-01-20)5.536 (27.8%)

International broadcast


The rights for El tiempo entre costuras were acquired in Italy by Canale 5; the series premiered in Italy on 25 April 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).[5] 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) and Chile (TVN), among others.[6]

This series is also available on Netflix in the USA on their streaming services.[7]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2014 Actors Union Awards Best Leading Actress Adriana Ugarte Won [8]
Best Supporting Actress Elvira Mínguez Won
Best Supporting Actor Carlos Santos Won
Best Actor in a Minor Role Tristán Ulloa Won
17th Iris Awards Best Fiction Won [9]
Best Actor Peter Vives Nominated
Best Actress Adriana Ugarte Won
Best Direction Ignacio Mercero [es], Iñaki Peñafiel and Norberto L. Amado Won
Best Production Gregorio Quintana, Ángeles Caballero, Emilio Pina and Reyes Baltanás Won
Best Cinematography Direction and Lighting Juan Molina Temboury Won
Best Art Direction and Scenography Luis Vallés and Bina Daigeler Won
Best Music for TV César Benito Won
61st Ondas Awards Best Actress in Spanish Fiction Adriana Ugarte Won [10]
2nd MiM Series Awards [es] Best Miniseries Won [11]
Best Actress Adriana Ugarte Won
Best Direction Iñaki Mercero, Iñaki Peñafiel and Norberto López Amado Won


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  2. ^ "Antena 3 estrena 'El tiempo entre costuras', una serie de punto y aparte". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  3. ^ Más de medio millón de euros por capítulo Archived 21 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Dos isleñas ponen acento canario a "El tiempo entre costuras"". antena3.com (in Spanish). 29 November 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  5. ^ vertele.eldiario.es. "'Sin Identidad' de Antena 3 triunfa en Mediaset Italia: así doblan a Megan Montaner". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  6. ^ "'El tiempo entre costuras' se emitirá en junio en la televisión pública japonesa". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  7. ^ Cipriani, Casey (3 July 2014). "Review: Spanish Drama 'The Time in Between' Will Cure Your Hankering for 'Downton Abbey'". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  8. ^ Redondo, David (11 March 2014). "'El tiempo entre costuras' triunfa en los Premios Unión de Actores". Cadena SER.
  9. ^ "Premios Iris: 'Costuras' hace historia, Atresmedia barre con pleno Wyoming-Évole, y Mediaset se consuela con realities". Vertele. eldiario.es. 11 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Ondas 2014: Arturo Valls, Mamen Mendizábal, 'Ilustres ignorantes', 'El Príncipe' y 'Costuras'". Vertele!. eldiario.es. 6 November 2014.
  11. ^ "MIM Series: 'El tiempo entre costuras' triunfa en unos premios repartidos con 'El Príncipe' y 'LQSA'". Vertele!. eldiario.es. 2 December 2014.