Locked Up (TV series)

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Locked Up
GenreSerial drama
Created byIván Escobar
Esther Martínez Lobato
Álex Pina
Daniel Écija
StarringMaggie Civantos
Najwa Nimri
Carlos Hipólito
Roberto Enríquez
Berta Vázquez
Alba Flores
Country of originSpain
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes38
Running time70 minutes approx.
Production company(s)Globomedia
Original networkAntena 3 (2015–2016)
Fox Spain (2018–2019)
Original releaseApril 20, 2015 (2015-04-20) –
February 4, 2019 (2019-02-04)
External links
Production website

Locked Up, originally titled in Spanish as Vis a vis (meaning "face to face"),[1] is a Spanish serial drama television series produced by Globomedia, initially for Spanish Network Antena 3 and later on for Fox Spain. It premiered on April 20, 2015.[2] The series focuses on a young woman who is sent to prison.

On May 26, 2015, Antena 3 renewed the series for a second season.[3] After Antena 3 cancelled the show, on 6 July 2017, Fox Spain announced they had picked up the series for a third season, which premiered on April 23, 2018.[4][5] A fourth and final season was released in December 2018. The show was shot in Spain.[6]

A spin-off centering on Civantos and Nimri's characters, titled Vis a Vis: El Oasis was announced in May 2019 and it's scheduled for release in 2020. [7]


Macarena Ferreiro is a young naive woman who falls in love with her boss and, because of him, commits several accounting manipulation and misappropriation crimes. She is accused of four tax crimes, and consequently she is imprisoned at the Cruz del Sur Prison as a precautionary measure with very high bail set. She has to face the emotional shock that being in jail means to her, as well as the complicated relationship between the inmates; among them Zulema stands out as the most dangerous prisoner.

In prison Macarena will soon realize the chance to survive the projected seven-year sentence she will likely receive if convicted depends on changing, evolving and becoming a very different person. Meanwhile, in order to pay the bail, her family outside gets involved in finding a large sum of money hidden somewhere, in dispute with Zulema's boyfriend, who will lead the Ferreiros to a terrible situation.

Cast and characters[edit]

While the show initially focused on the character of Macarena Ferreiro, portrayed by Maggie Civantos, it eventually evolved into an ensemble show.[8]

Current characters[edit]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4
Maggie Civantos           Macarena Ferreiro Molina Main
Najwa Nimri           Zulema Zahir Main
Carlos Hipólito           Leopoldo Ferreiro Lobo Main
Roberto Enríquez           Fabio Martínez León Main
Cristina Plazas      Miranda Aguirre Senén Main
Berta Vázquez      Estefanía Kabila Silva "Rizos" Main
Alba Flores      Saray Vargas de Jesús Main
Inma Cuevas      Ana Belén "Anabel" Villaroch Garcés Main Guest
María Isabel Díaz      Soledad "Sole" Núñez Hurtado Main
María Salgueiro      Encarna Molina Main
Ramiro Blas      Carlos Sandoval Castro Main Also Starring Main
Alberto Velasco      Antonio Palacios Lloret Main Main
Marta Aledo      Teresa "Tere" González Largo Main
Daniel Ortiz      Román Ferreiro Molina Main
Harlys Becerra      Ismael Valbuena Ugarte Main
Laura Baena      Antonia Trujillo Díez Main Recurring
Jesús Castejón      Inspector Damián Castillo Recurring Main
Ruth Díaz      Mercedes Carrillo Main Special Guest
Huichi Chiu      Akame Main
Javier Lara      Álex Moncada Main
Ana Marzoa      Prudencia "Pruden" Mosqueira Guest Also Starring
Luis Callejo      Andrés Frutos Also Starring
Adriana Paz           Altagracia Guerrero Also Starring
Itziar Castro      Goya Fernández Recurring Main
Abril Zamora      Luna Garrido Recurring Main
Benjamín Vicuña      Antonio Hierro Also Starring
     = Lead character
     = Macarena Ferreiro's relatives
     = Inmates
     = Prison staff
     = Police inspectors

Series overview[edit]

Series TV Network Episodes Originally aired Ave. viewers (in millions)
First aired Last aired
1 Antena 3 11 20 April 2015 2 July 2015 3,547,000 (19.9%)
2 13 31 March 2016 22 June 2016 2,431,000 (14.2%)
3 FOX Spain 8 23 April 2018 11 June 2018 151,000 (0.8%)
4 8 3 December 2018 4 February 2019
Total 40 20 April 2015 4 February 2019

Season 1[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateViewers (in millions)
11"Un mal día"Jesús ColmenarApril 20, 2015 (2015-04-20)4.3 (22.4%)
22"Cosiendo a campanilla"Jesús RodrigoApril 27, 2015 (2015-04-27)4.0 (21.4%)
33"Lo que sucede, conviene"Sandra GallegoMay 4, 2015 (2015-05-04)3.8 (20.9%)
44"Un día de campo"David Molina EncinasMay 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)3.9 (21.2%)
55"La cruda realidad"Jesús ColmenarMay 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)3.9 (21.1%)
66"Te vendrán a buscar..."Jesús RodrigoMay 28, 2015 (2015-05-28)3.2 (17.9%)
77"A las cinco en punto de la tarde"Sandra GallegoJune 4, 2015 (2015-06-04)3.0 (17.7%)
88"Pretty Woman"David Molina EncinasJune 11, 2015 (2015-06-11)3.5 (20.9%)
99"Negra, negrita, negrata"Jesús ColmenarJune 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)3.0 (17.7%)
1010"Gato gris"Jesús RodrigoJune 25, 2015 (2015-06-25)2.9 (17.8%)
1111"El principio de las tortugas"Sandra GallegoJuly 2, 2015 (2015-07-02)3.1 (19.4%)

Season 2[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateViewers (in millions)
121"A un mono dos pistolas"Jesús ColmenarMarch 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)2.8 (16.2%)
132"Hogar, dulce hogar"Jesús RodrigoApril 7, 2016 (2016-04-07)2.5 (13.8%)
143"La gallinita"Sandra GallegoApril 14, 2016 (2016-04-14)2.5 (13.8%)
154"La teoría de Darwin"Jesús ColmenarApril 21, 2016 (2016-04-21)2.2 (12.2%)
165"En la línea de fuego"Jesús RodrigoApril 27, 2016 (2016-04-27)2.3 (13.2%)
176"Los Mandriles"Sandra Gallego & Jesús ColmenarMay 4, 2016 (2016-05-04)2.3 (13.4%)
187"Bon appétit"Jesús Colmenar & Jesús RodrigoMay 11, 2016 (2016-05-11)2.6 (15.0%)
198"La vida sigue"Jesús Rodrigo & Sandra GallegoMay 18, 2016 (2016-05-18)2.4 (13.8%)
209"Pillarse los dedos"Jesús Colmenar & Álex RodrigoMay 25, 2016 (2016-05-25)2.3 (13.2%)
2110"Pecados y confesiones"Sandra Gallego & Jesús RodrigoJune 1, 2016 (2016-06-01)2.2 (12.6%)
2211"Patrona de los desamparados"Jesús Colmenar & Álex RodrigoJune 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)2.5 (15.1%)
2312"Plátano y limón"Jesús Rodrigo & Sandra GallegoJune 15, 2016 (2016-06-15)2.3 (14.4%)
2413"Líquido"Jesús Colmenar, Álex Rodrigo & Sandra GallegoJune 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)2.7 (16.4%)

Season 3[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateViewers (in millions)
251"Cruz del Norte"Jesús ColmenarApril 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)N/A
262"Muy fácil o muy difícil"Jesús ColmenarApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)N/A
273"Un grano de arroz"Sandra GallegoMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)N/A
284"La bandera en el muro"Sandra GallegoMay 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)N/A
295"Alguien a quien le importes una mierda"David MolinaMay 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)N/A
306"Seis meses dan para mucho"David MolinaMay 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)N/A
317"Fuimos niñas"Sandra GallegoJune 4, 2018 (2018-06-04)N/A
328"Lo que sabemos de los monstruos"Jesús RodrigoJune 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)N/A


When the premise of the series was first announced, it was immediately compared to American television series Orange Is the New Black and some media accused it of being a mere copy. When the pilot episode was screened for critics, they noted both series are different in tone as Locked Up is mostly a thriller while Orange Is the New Black is a comedy-drama. Besides the comparisons, the series received favourable reviews.[9][10][11]

International broadcasts[edit]

Season 1 was broadcast in the United Kingdom from 17 May 2016 on Channel 4's Walter Presents video on demand service.[12] In 2017, Prime Video acquired the first two seasons for the United States, and in 2018, Hulu acquired the first four seasons for Japan.[13] In Greece, the series premiered on 27 November 2018 on ERT.[14]

The series is also available for a limited amount of time on the online streaming service 'VTMGO' by the Belgian broadcaster VTM (TV channel).


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  2. ^ "El estreno de 'Vis a vis' se impone por 300.000 espectadores al regreso de 'La que se avecina'". Te Interesa (in Spanish). 21 April 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ EFE (26 May 2015). "«Allí abajo», «Vis a Vis» y «Bajo sospecha», tendrán segunda temporada". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Fox vuelve a meter a las mujeres de 'Vis a vis' en la cárcel". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  5. ^ El Confi TV (4 April 2018). "'Vis a vis' estrenará el 23 de abril su tercera temporada en Fox España". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Vis a vis: temporada 4 comienza grabaciones en España y confirma regreso de estas actrices". La Prensa (in Spanish). 8 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Vis a Vis confirma su spin-off". La Cosa Cine (in Spanish). 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Personajes de 'Vis a Vis'". Antena 3 (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  9. ^ Hernández, Paula (17 April 2015). "'Vis a vis', una prueba de fuego para las series españolas". VerTele. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  10. ^ Alabadi, Héctor (17 April 2015). "'Vis a vis', la reinvención de los desayunos de Globomedia". FormulaTV. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  11. ^ Jabonero, Daniel (17 April 2015). "'Vis a Vis', el thriller que Antena 3 necesita para completar su baraja de ases". Bluper. El Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  12. ^ Mayorga, Emilio (15 May 2016). "MipTV: Spanish 'Locked-Up' Jail Thriller Clinches U.K. Sale". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  13. ^ Pecino, Manuel (15 October 2018). "'Vis a vis': Hulu Japón adquiere los derechos de emisión de las cuatro primeras temporadas". FórmulaTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Vis A Vis στην ΕΡΤ1" (in Greek).

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