24 February 2015
| 8.3/10 |
Televisión Española, La 1
| Pablo Olivares
José Ramón Fernández
Paco López Barrio
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo
Premio Ondas National TV Award for Best Spanish Series, Fotogramas de Plata for Best TV Actor
Rodolfo Sancho, Aura Garrido, Nacho Fresneda, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, Jaime Blanch
El ministerio del tiempo (English: The Ministry of Time) is a Spanish fantasy television series created by Javier and Pablo Olivares and produced by Onza Partners and Cliffhanger for Televisión Española. It premiered on February 24, 2015 on TVE's main channel La 1. The series follows the exploits of a patrol of the fictional Ministry of Time, which deals with incidents caused by time travel.
On March 24, 2015, it was confirmed that TVE had renewed the series for a second season. The show was renewed for a third season on September 22, 2016. On December 29, 2016 it was announced that RTVE had sold the rights to Netflix to broadcast the third series internationally, outside of Spain, resulting in a bigger production budget.
El ministerio del tiempo Wikipedia
The Ministry of Time is the best kept secret of the Spanish state: an autonomous government institution that reports directly to the Prime Minister. Its patrols have to watch the doors of time so that no intruder from other eras can change history for their own benefit.
The series follows the assignments of the Ministry's newest patrol: the one formed by Army of Flanders soldier Alonso de Entrerríos, 19th century student Amelia Folch and 21st century Samur paramedic Julián Martínez.Rodolfo Sancho as Julián Martínez one of three members of the protaganist patrol. He is a trained SAMUR paramedic from 21st century Madrid. Present as a member of the patrol through season 1 and second half of season 2. Sancho left the series at the end of the second season having not reached an agreement with the producers of the show. His absence during the first half of season 2 was due to his shooting for Mar de plástico.
Aura Garrido as Amelia Folch, the leader of the protaganist patrol. She is a late 19th century pioneering university student and an only child from an upper class Barcelona family, still living with her parents.
Nacho Fresneda as Alonso de Entrerríos one of three members of the protaganist patrol. Highly experienced 16th century soldier from Madrid portrayed as an expert in fields of combat. Recruited just prior to being executed, he lives in the 21st century.
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo as Irene Larra Girón, Head of Logistics inside the Ministry. A lesbian from the repressed 1960s, her character is used to express a less rigid viewpoint within the Ministry.
Juan Gea as Ernesto Jiménez, Chief Operating Officer inside the Ministry. Recruited from the 15th century, he is fiercely incorruptible and perfectionist.
Jaime Blanch as Salvador Martí, Head of the Ministry directing overall priority and management of time reparation and protection.
Francesca Piñón as Angustias Vázquez, personal secretary of Salvador and widow.
Hugo Silva as Jesús Méndez Pontón "Pacino", replacement member for Julián in the second and third seasons. He is a handsome police officer from 1981 Madrid, given the nickname 'Pacino' due to a resemblance with actor Al Pacino, whom he admires.
Lola Mendieta (Natalia Millán): A former agent of the Ministry who was believed to have died on a mission. She has provided information about clandestine doors of time to a number of people.
Diego Velázquez (Julián Villagrán): One of the most important painters in Spanish history, known for Las Meninas and Las Lanzas, who was recruited by the Ministry as a facial composite draftsman.
Enric Folch (Xavier Boada) and Carme (Fanny Gautier): Amelia's parents. While he appears more tolerant about his daughter's concerns, she presses her to marry and settle down.
Blanca (Susana Córdoba): Alonso's wife, who believes him to be dead since she does not know his execution was avoided by the Ministry.
Elena Castillo (Susana Córdoba): Alonso's love interest in the present day and Blanca's doppelgänger.
Susana Torres (Mar Saura): The liaison of the Ministry with the Prime Minister. Her visits usually mean bad news for Salvador.
Ambrogio Spinola (Ramón Langa): One of the main generals of the Spanish Army during the 17th century, most notable for the siege of Breda. He works for the Ministry, and admits he made the mistake of reading about his fate in the books.
Enriqueta Martí (María Rodríguez): A serial murderer who worked as Amelia's maid for a short time.
Marisa (Nieve de Medina): An old love interest of Ernesto's who has returned to work in the Ministry.
Armando Leiva (José Antonio Lobato): A former agent who rebelled against the Ministry when Salvador refused to allow him to bring his 10-year-old son, diagnosed with leukemia, to the present so that doctors from the 21st century could tend to him.
Maite (Mar Ulldemolins): Julián's late wife, whom he visits by way of the doors of time.
Paul Walcott (Jimmy Shaw): An American time traveller who worked for mysterious corporation Darrow Ltd.
Hovik Keuchkerian as Juan Martín Díez "El Empecinado"
Josep Linuesa as Thibaud
Iván Villanueva as Benito
Víctor Clavijo as Lope de Vega
Miguel Rellán as Gil Pérez
Miguel Ángel Somé as Alonso de Entrerríos, Jr.
David Luque as Heinrich Himmler
Pep Miràs as Francisco Franco
Miko Jarry as Adolf Hitler
Frank Feys as Heinrich Müller
Markus Lambauer as Captain Schweinsteiger
Pep Sais as Antoni Maria Marcet i Poal, abbot of Montserrat
Jorge Pobes as Luis Orcajo
Julio Arrojo as Ángel
Michelle Jenner as Isabella I of Castille
Juan Gea as Tomás de Torquemada
Eusebio Poncela as Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros
Paco Obregón as Rabbi Abraham Levi
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa as Don Manuel López Castillejo
Ben Temple as Aaron Stein
Aitor Mazo as the Inquisition fiscal
Raúl Pulido as Pablo Picasso
Roberto Álvarez as Julián's father
Vicente Gil as Fernando Jiménez del Oso
Juan Blanco as Lázaro de Tormes
Alberto Amarilla as Fray Juan
Francesc Orella as Alberto Díaz Bueno
María Cotiello as Nuria Celaya (Irene's wife)
Carmen Sánchez as Isabella II of Spain
Carmen Gutiérrez as Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
Celine Peña as Infanta Luisa Fernanda
Manolo Solo as Undersecretary Emilio Redón
Ángel Ruiz as Federico García Lorca
Enrique Alcides as Salvador Dalí
Jordi Coll as Luis Buñuel
Antonio Alcalde as Pepín Bello
Secun de la Rosa as Antonio Lancha
Iria del Río as Silvia (Amelia's granddaughter)
Mar del Hoyo as Rosita Díaz Gimeno
Jordi Hurtado as himself
Antonio Velázquez as Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar "El Cid"
Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Rogelio Buendía / Imposter Cid
Savitri Ceballos as Jimena Díaz
Luis G. Gámez as Ramón Menéndez Pidal
Pablo Scola as Charlton Heston
Andrés Gertrúdix as Francisco Morán
Santiago Meléndez as Pacino's father
Antonio Reyes as Morán's father
Ximena Vera as Morán's mother
Carmela Lloret and Eva Llorach as two of Morán's victims
Pere Ponce as Miguel de Cervantes
Víctor Clavijo's second appearance as Lope de Vega
Jimmy Shaw as Lord Charles York/Walcott
Markos Marín as John Bennet
Miguel Rellán's second appearance as Gil Pérez
Fernando Cayo as Napoleon
Ismael Martínez as Rodolfo Suárez
Jordi Martínez as Michel Ney
Nadia de Santiago as Rosa del Amo
Selica Torcal as Sor Flora
Aránzazu Zorate as Sor Paula
Sonia Almarcha as Sor Antonia
Elena Furiase as Micaela Amaya
José Luis Torrijo as Doctor Vargas
José Ramón Iglesias as Germán
Tania Vilamarín as Maria Pita
Joaquín Gómez as Germán's father
Jaime Zatarain as Ramón de la Vega
Pepe Zafra as young Velázquez
Guillermo Vallverdú as Mariano
Javier Laorden as Pepe
Juan Carlos Villanueva as Gregorio Marañón
José Luis Patiño as Francisco Pacheco
Sergi Méndez as young Alonso de Entrerríos
Nicole Valle as young Blanca
Miki Esparbé as Joaquín María Argamasilla
Gary Piquer as Harry Houdini
Rick Zingale as L. Gromek
Mari Carmen Sánchez as Josefa
Miguel Hermoso as J. Edgar Hoover
Juan Carlos Sánchez as Ramón del Valle-Inclán
Juan Antonio Quintana as Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Pedro Miguel Martínez as Joaquín José Javier Argamasilla
Pedro Alonso as Saturnino Martín Cerezo
Paco Marin as Rogelio Vigil de Quiñones
Aitor Merino as Antonio Sanchez Menache
Jordi Vilches as José Lafarga Abad
Joan Carles Suau as Miguel
Borja Maestre as Heredia
Alberto Jiménez as Enrique de las Morenas y Fossi
Juan José Ballesta as Vicente González Toca
Nacho Sánchez as Rafael Ríos
Andrey Finanta as Alejo
Vanessa Castro as Maria
Pastora Vega as Pacino's mother
Mónica Estarreado as Asunción
Santiago Meléndez as Luis Méndez (Pacino's father)
Fernando Conde as Philip V of Spain
María Álvarez as Elisabeth Farnese
Algis Arlauskas as Ferguson
Carlos Cuevas as Javier
Mario Tardón as Dr. Madrigal
Arnau García as young Salvador Martí
Alexandra Jiménez as Teresa Méndez / Julia Lozano
Rosa Vivas as Salvador's adoptive mother
Roberto Drago as Sebastián Lombardi
Anna Castillo as Sonia Lombardi
Joan Carreras as Christopher Columbus
Nancho Novo as Don Fadrique de Villaespesa
Alba Ribas as Constanza
Chusa Barbero as Claudia
Raúl Cimas as Isaac Vila
Richard Sahagún as Alberto Ortigosa
Garbiñe Insausti as Natalia Vila
Maitane San Nicolás as Rocio
Patrick Criado as Sancho
Félix Arkarazo as Ernest Hemingway
Javier Mula as Saavedra
Pepe Rodríguez as himself
Carlos Hipólito as Philip II of Spain
Carlos Kaniowsky as Mateo Vazquez de Leca
Víctor Duplá as Agustín Argüelles
Jon Ariño as De las Cuevas
Carlos Cuevas as Javier
Maitane San Nicolás as Rocio
Marta Nieto as Isabella of Portugal
Jordi Hurtado as himself
The series won the 2015 Ondas Award for Best Spanish Series. In 2017 it won at Premios Feroz the awards for best drama series, best lead actress (Aura Garrido) and best supporting actor for a television series (Hugo Silva, tied with Velvet's José Sacristán).
Portugal was the first country to have the series adapted locally, with a version entitled Ministério do Tempo produced by Iniziomedia. As of December 2016 the format has also been sold to China, with negotiations mentioned for Germany, France, Italy and US.
On September 27, 2016 Onza Partners presented a lawsuit to the CDCA against Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, and executive producers Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke and John Davis for copyright infringement and breach of implied contract, claiming that the U.S. TV series Timeless is a copy of El Ministerio del Tiempo.