|Created by Jose Antonio Plaza|
Original language(s) Spanish
Production company(s) Televisión Española
First episode date 18 November 1976
|Country of origin Spain|
Running time 60 minutes
Original network TVE1
Final episode date 5 April 1981
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625 Lineas (English: 625 Lines) was a program broadcast on La Primera Cadena of Televisión Española on Sunday afternoons from November 18, 1976 to April 5, 1981. It provided interviews with television celebrities and reviewed television shows airing on Televisión Española's channels. It also included musical numbers and humour.
The program's name is a reference to the 625 lines that make up the television image used in most of Europe and parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania under the Pal system (as opposed to the 525 lines used in North, Central and parts of South America and Asia under the NTSC system).
The show was created by Jose Antonio Plaza, a Spanish journalist and television director. Plaza directed, and hosted with Paca Gabaldon and, later, with Mayra Gomez Kemp. The show achieved a solid level of success. In 1977 Plaza gave up his hosting duties to Juan Santamaria in order to focus on directing.
Two years later, Plaza added a new dimension to the program and hired Tony Saez, a young Canadian of Spanish descent, to coordinate interviews with actors on American television shows airing on Televisión Española. Among those who appeared during this phase of the program's history were stars from Michael Landon's popular NBC series Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls) and Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson).
From 1979 until 1981 the show was hosted by Marisa Abad, Isabel Borondo, Eva Gloria, Marisa Medina, Elena Gutiérrez and Santiago Peláez.