El ministerio del tiempo
El ministerio del tiempo (English title: 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 (TVE). It premiered on 24 February 2015 on TVE's main channel La 1. The series follows the exploits of an investigative team in the fictional Ministry of Time, which deals with incidents caused by time travel that can cause changes to the present day.
|El ministerio del tiempo|
|Also known as||The Ministry of Time|
|Created by||Pablo Olivares|
|Written by||José Ramón Fernández|
Paco López Barrio
|Directed by||Marc Vigil|
|Creative director||Javier Olivares|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||42 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Javier Olivares|
|Running time||70 minutes approx.|
|Production companies||Onza Partners (s. 1-3)|
Cliffhanger (s. 1-3)
Motion Content Group
Globomedia (s. 4-)
|Original network||La 1|
|Original release||24 February 2015 –|
On 24 March 2015, it was confirmed that TVE had renewed the series for a second season. The show was renewed for a third season on 22 September 2016. On 29 December 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.
The series was renewed for a fourth season, which started airing on Televisión Española on May 5th, 2020. It was known that HBO has acquired the broadcasting rights for the series, at least on HBO Spain and HBO Portugal.
The Ministry of Time is the best kept and most closely guarded secret of the Spanish government: an autonomous government institution that reports directly to the Prime Minister and the Spanish Monarch. Its patrols 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.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Julián Martínez (Rodolfo Sancho), one of three members of the new patrol. He is a trained SAMUR paramedic from 21st century Madrid, present as a member of the patrol through season 1 and the second half of season 2. His absence during the first half of season 2 was due to shooting for Mar de plástico, and he left the series at the end of that season after failing to reach an agreement with the show's producers. In November 2019, however, it was confirmed he will return for season 4.
- Amelia Folch (Aura Garrido), the leader of the 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. Garrido left the series halfway through the third season citing scheduling conflicts after she, like Sancho, signed on to other projects due to renewal uncertainty. She left on good terms and was open to returning in the future. In November 2019, her return in season 4 was confirmed.
- Alonso de Entrerríos (Nacho Fresneda), one of three members of the patrol. A highly experienced 16th-century soldier from Seville, he is portrayed as an expert in fields of combat. He was recruited just prior to being executed, and now lives in the 21st century.
- Irene Larra Girón (Cayetana Guillén Cuervo), 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.
- Ernesto Jiménez (Juan Gea), Chief Operating Officer inside the Ministry. Recruited from the 15th century, he is fiercely incorruptible and a perfectionist. In the fourth episode of Season 1 it is disclosed that he is the father of Tomas de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.
- Undersecretary Salvador Martí (Jaime Blanch), Head of the Ministry. His (and the Ministry's) overriding priority is to protect and repair history.
- Angustias Vázquez (Francesca Piñón), personal secretary to Salvador and widow of a Ministry agent.
- Jesús Méndez Pontón (Hugo Silva), AKA "Pacino", a replacement member for Julián in the second and third seasons. He is a handsome police officer from 1981 Madrid, nicknamed "Pacino" due to his resemblance to 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 provided information about clandestine doors of time to a number of people. Her younger self (played by Macarena García) is recruited to the Ministry, eventually joining the patrol. She is the first and only agent to ever be recruited twice.
- Diego Velázquez (Julián Villagrán): One of the most important painters in Spanish history, known for Las Meninas and The Surrender of Breda, 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 Bianca's doppelgänger.
- Susana Torres (Mar Saura): The Prime Minister's liaison with the Ministry. Her visits usually mean bad news for Salvador.
- Lucía (Luisa Gavasa): Appears in the 3rd season claiming to be Lola Mendieta's daughter.
- 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.
- Bosco de Sobrecasa (Luis Iglesia): A high-ranking member, possibly the leader, of the Society of the Exterminating Angel, which has discovered the existence of the Ministry and plans to use the time doors to fully restore absolute monarchy in Spain across history.
- Juan Martín Díez "El Empecinado" (Hovik Keuchkerian): A notable guerrilla combatant who becomes the target of two Napoleonic soldiers who travel to 2015 and find out about his role in the impending Peninsular War.
|Rodolfo Sancho||Julián Martínez||Main||Main (2x01, 2x07-2x13)||Main (4x01, 4x03-4x05, 4x07-4x08)|
|Aura Garrido||Amelia Folch||Main||Main (3x01-3x06)||Episodic (4x03)|
|Nacho Fresneda||Alonso de Entrerríos||Main||Main (4x01-4x03, 4x05-4x08)|
|Cayetana Guillén Cuervo||Irene Larra Girón||Main|
|Juan Gea||Ernesto Jiménez / Pedro Fernández de Torquemada||Main|
|Jaime Blanch||Salvador Martí||Main|
|Francesca Piñón||Angustias Vázquez||Main|
|Hugo Silva||Jesús Méndez Pontón "Pacino"||Main (2x02-2x08)||Main|
|Macarena García||Lola Mendieta (young)"||Main (3x02-3x13)||Main (4x01-4x02, 4x04-4x05)|
|Natalia Millán||Lola Mendieta||Recurrent|
|Julián Villagrán||Diego Velázquez||Recurrent|
|Susana Córdoba||Blanca/Elena Castillo||Recurrent|
|Mar Saura||Susana Torres||Episodic||Recurrent|
|Ramón Langa||Ambrosio Spínola||Episodic||Episodic|
|Víctor Clavijo||Lope de Vega||Episodic||Episodic||Episodic|
|Ángel Ruiz||Federico García Lorca||Episodic||Recurrent|
|Miko Jarry||Adolf Hitler||Episodic||Episodic|
|Pere Ponce||Miguel de Cervantes||Episodic||Episodic|
|Belén Fabra||Marta Cascajosa||Recurrent|
|Luis Iglesia||Bosco de Sobrecasa||Recurrent|
|Marcel Borrás||Carlos Munuera Mateu||Recurrent|
|Daniel Pérez Prada||Juan Salcedo||Recurrent|
|Rachel Lascar||Mary Tudor||Episodic|
|Julius Cotter||Sir Henry Bedingfield||Episodic|
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|1||1||"El tiempo es el que es (Time is what it is)"||Marc Vigil||February 24, 2015||2.98|
|Julián Martínez is a Samur paramedic depressed over the death of his wife. During a fire, Julián finds two men dressed as in the days of Napoleon. After convalescence, he is recruited by the Ministry of Time, alongside 19th century student Amelia Folch and 16th century soldier Alonso de Entrerríos, to travel to 1808 to stop the French from killing guerrilla captain Juan Martín Díez.|
|2||2||"Tiempo de Gloria (Time of glory)"||Abigail Schaaff||March 2, 2015||2.65|
|Gil Pérez, prestigious agent of the Ministry during the reign of Philip II, finds out that writer Lope de Vega, enlisted in the Spanish Armada, did not embark on the San Juan, one of the few ships that returned from England, as planned. Instead, he is on the San Esteban, where he will most likely find death. Julián, Amelia and Alonso will head to Lisbon in the year 1588 to ensure Lope embarks on the right ship.|
|3||3||"Cómo se reescribe el tiempo (How does time get rewritten)"||Marc Vigil||March 9, 2015||2.65|
|The essential objective of the Ministry is to prevent anyone from using the time portals to change the present from the past ... But that goal becomes essential when that someone who wants to change history is nothing less than the Nazi regime. Himmler, informed of the existence of a door in the Monastery of Montserrat, travels there to make use of it, taking advantage of the meeting at Hendaye between Hitler and Franco. The Nazi aim is no longer to dominate the world, but to rewrite history. By travelling to Montserrat, Amelia, Julián and Alonso are tasked with avoiding this, whilst Ernesto and Irene go to Hendaye, where Hitler and Franco negotiate the participation of Spain in the Second World War. Something that should be avoided at all costs.|
|4||4||"Una negociación a tiempo (A deal in time)"||Jorge Dorado||March 16, 2015||2.93|
|The Ministry of Time was established in 1491 by Isabella I of Castille after obtaining the Book of Doors from Rabbi Abraham Levi in exchange of protection for him and his family. The queen promised to protect him, but cruel Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada sentenced him to the stake behind her back. The lawyer of the Rabbi's family has found documents that prove the queen did nothing to protect him and demands a lofty compensation to the Ministry in exchange of his silence. Against the rules of the Ministry, Julián, Amelia and Alonso are sent to 1491 to save Levi, but the door to that year is in a time loop and they only have one day to accomplish their mission.|
|5||5||"Cualquier tiempo pasado (Every past time)"||Abigail Schaaff||March 23, 2015||2.53|
|In 1981, Pablo Picasso's famed painting Guernica came back to Spain from New York City's MoMA to celebrate the consolidation of Spanish democracy. The Ministry receives reports that someone in that year is trying to prevent the return from happening. Salvador will send Julián, Amelia and Alonso to the Civil War to find the receipt of the order, and later to 1981 to ensure the painting will make it back to Spain.|
|6||6||"Tiempo de pícaros (Time of rascals)"||Marc Vigil||March 30, 2015||2.11|
|A mobile phone appears in an archaeological excavation in Salamanca meant to find remains of the 16th century. It is revealed that the phone belongs to an entrepreneur of the present who absconded in 2013 after his business was exposed as a fraud. The patrol will travel to 1520 to find him, with the unexpected help of a young boy named Lázaro de Tormes, who they will also have to save after he is arrested and sentenced to death. Meanwhile, Irene interrogates Paul Walcott, captured by the Ministry and locked in a 1053 prison in Huesca.|
|7||7||"Tiempo de venganza (Time of revenge)"||Jorge Dorado||April 6, 2015||2.19|
|In 1843, Isabella II of Spain becomes queen at the age of 13 (with her mother Maria Christina assuming regency), and a year later, she demands to visit the Ministry of Time. What no one suspects is that rebel former Ministry agent Armando Leiva, who recruited Irene back in 1960, has escaped from prison in the Middle Age and plans to capitalize on the visit to kill the queen. With the very existence of the Ministry at stake, Ernesto, Amelia and Alonso are sent to foil Leiva's plans, but when they are captured, they depend on Irene, under suspicion for Leiva's escape, and Julián, who is enjoying his wife's company.|
|8||8||"La leyenda del tiempo (Legend of time)"||Marc Vigil||April 13, 2015||2.25|
|A tablet computer appears on the poster advertising a 1924 performance of Don Juan Tenorio. Julián, Amelia and Alonso head to the Residencia de Estudiantes that year to retrieve it, where they meet writer Federico García Lorca, painter Salvador Dalí and filmmaker Luis Buñuel. But they soon discover it's a ruse planned by someone who knows the Ministry all too well... and themselves, since they begin to receive photos of their lives in the past and the future. And it is then when the patrol begins to wonder: why save the central figures of Spanish History if they are not allowed to save their loved ones?|
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|9||1||"Tiempo de leyenda (Time of legend)"||Marc Vigil||February 15, 2016||2.84|
|The Ministry is still recovering from the impact of Irene's betrayal. Lola Mendieta is in prison. Julián is back after some rest and psychiatric treatment, and a new case awaits: the discovery of dated remains that could belong to El Cid, who was thought to be buried in the Burgos cathedral. Alonso and Amelia are sent with Ambrogio Spinola to the eleventh century to lead the investigation... which means pulling Julián from the team.|
|10||2||"El tiempo en sus manos (The time on his hands)"||Marc Vigil||February 22, 2016||2.68|
|After Julián's departure, Salvador activates every protocol of search for him to be arrested wherever in time he may have gone. Meanwhile, a 1981 cop arrives in the present chasing a murderer who fled through a closet. His name is Jesús Méndez, nicknamed "Pacino" for his resemblance to the actor, and finds out that the police files claim he is guilty of the murders he was investigating and has been missing for 35 years. He must catch the killer to prove his innocence, but how can he possibly do that in a future he doesn't know a thing about?|
|11||3||"Tiempo de hidalgos (Time of hidalgos)"||Abigail Schaaff||February 29, 2016||2.67|
|The Ministry receives a warning from late 1604 from Juan de la Cuesta's workshop, 87 Atocha St. The printing has made a deal with Miguel de Cervantes to publish the Princeps edition of Don Quixote but they have been warned that he didn't present it to the Castilla's Council to ask for the printing license. That could mean that Don Quixote cannot see the light in 1605 or worse: never. It's something that Miguel does not seem to worry about. To solve the case, Pacino will be a part of the team for the first time... Dealing with Amelia and Alonso will not be an easy task.|
|12||4||"El Monasterio del Tiempo (The monastery of time)"||Jorge Dorado||March 7, 2016||2.59|
|In Christmas of the year 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte had to sleep on the Santa Clara de Tordesillas' abbey. In that same abbey, the Napoleonic troops got three men arrested: Tordesillas' priest, and two Spanish men accused of spying the French movements on the zone. According to the history, the intervention of the abbess convinced Napoleon to pardon the life of the three men. But the Ministry has been warned that the abbess died before what history says. The death of these three men would not be so important, if it was not because one of them is an ancestor of Adolfo Suárez, President of the Government of Spain during transition. If the history changes and Napoleon executes them, Adolfo Suárez will not be born. The thing is they need to search someone that can act as the abbess... And the chosen one is Angustias, the secretary.|
|13||5||"Un virus de otro tiempo (A virus from another time)"||Abigail Schaaff||March 14, 2016||2.47|
|During a mission in 1918 to attend the birth of Carmen Amaya, Irene falls ill with the Spanish flu. Dr Vargas, who accompanied the mission, decides to return to the Ministry and leave Irene behind. However, Susana Torres, the new undersecretary, orders that procedures be followed and Irene must be brought back. With this, all of the Ministry will be at the mercy of a disease that once killed millions and for which there is no vaccine. The Ministry is forced to close its doors to avoid spreading the disease through time. Inside, the flu begins to exact its first victims, and Susana Torres sees that it is not as easy as she thought to govern the Ministry.|
|14||6||"Tiempo de magia (Time of magic)"||Paco Plaza||March 21, 2016||2.20|
|Joaquín Argamasilla is a young man who claims to have a gift: to see through objects even when blindfolded. The man with the x-ray eyes, he is called. Among his followers, he has personalities like Valle Inclán and Ramón y Cajal. When his fame transcends borders, he is called to New York by the famous magician and escapologist Houdini to see if his powers are real. The problem is that Argamasilla is an agent of the Ministry of that time and is suspected of betraying its existence to the Americans. The patrol is escorted to New York so that, in the event that the suspicions are true, he does not succeed.|
|15||7||"Tiempo de valientes I (Time of the braves - part one)"||Marc Vigil||March 28, 2016||2.33|
|In the Ministry, Salvador has retaken the lead. Upon arrival, the Ministry is subject to audit and all agents - including the patrol - must perform administrative and supervisory tasks over the time portals. Meanwhile, Julián, after finding that the Ministry has discovered his position, moves from Cuba to the Philippines, only to witness further pain inflicted by Spanish soldiers. After swearing to a dying man that he will take a gem of his grandmother's to his Tagalog lover, he travels to Baler. Julián does not realise that he will become part of the "últimos de Filipinas".|
|16||8||"Tiempo de valientes II (Time of the braves - part two)"||Marc Vigil||April 4, 2016||2.47|
|Julián is still trapped in the Siege of Baler. Located at random by the Ministry, Salvador sends Alonso de Entrerríos to release him on a secret mission that even Amelia and Pacino know nothing. Alonso and Julián will witness the heroism of men defending a place without weapons, without food and consumed by disease. They are fighting for what they believe to be Spanish territory without knowing that that had ceased to be: Spain had already renounced its rights over Cuba and the Philippines. Given the prolonged absence of Alonso, Amelia and Pacino suspect that behind it all there is something fishy.|
|17||9||"Óleo sobre tiempo (Oil painting over time)"||Jorge Dorado||April 25, 2016||1.91|
|Velázquez receives an alarm on his mobile. One of his paintings has just been auctioned in 2016 at a stratospheric price. This would be normal if not because it is one of the paintings destroyed by fire at the Alcázar de Madrid in 1734. In the absence of patrols due to a labor agreement, Velázquez, himself, and Irene travel there to investigate what is happening. It is large-scale art theft by Darrow in collaboration with Lola Mendieta. They are replacing originals with copies in order to do business with them.|
|18||10||"Separadas en el tiempo (Separated by time)"||Abigail Schaaff||May 2, 2016||1.75|
|In the present, Irene visits an exhibition on the role of women in the struggle for social rights in Spain. There is a school group with their teacher, who faints upon seeing a woman like her in a photo from 1930 of the Sinsombrero, a group of avant-garde women who have fallen into oblivion. As an investigation into the case begins, an alarm in the Ministry arises: the Vampire of Raval has not been arrested when history says and walks free. The situation worsens as it is realised that she is not only free, but also knows time travel.|
|19||11||"Tiempo de lo oculto (Time of the Occult)"||Javier Ruiz Caldera||May 10, 2016||2.03|
|Sebastián Lombardi, a visionary who directed a television show about paranormal researches that was cancelled after he casually discovered the Ministry and threatened to expose it, is back for revenge now that he no longer needs TV for his show thanks to social networks. He is invited to visit the Ministry, which the agents attempt to make him see as a common government building... but he escapes through one of the time doors to La Rábida in 1485, when Christopher Columbus has just arrived to sell King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella his project of a new route to India. Now the Ministry must find Lombardi and prevent him from turning History upside down.|
|20||12||"Hasta que el tiempo os separe (Until time do you part)"||Jorge Dorado||May 16, 2016||2.12|
|They say that one wedding brings another, a theory noted by Irene; but for Salvador and Julián attending a wedding involves reliving their own and better times will not return. They will soon have to stop thinking about it, because it is held in a castle converted into a wedding hall. The castle in which the wedding is celebrated hides a legend which returns to the present though an uncatalogued portal. The legend is that of the young Constanza who could not marry her beloved (a humble shepherd) because of Fadrique, lord of the castle, in 1212. The problem arises as it is discovered that the legend is real. And in the castle there is a time portal not catalogued by the Ministry.|
|21||13||"Cambio de tiempo (Change of time)"||Marc Vigil||May 23, 2016||2.01|
|After the defeat of the Spanish Armada along the English coast, Philip II, sunk by the disaster, decides to break the rules of the Ministry (imposed by Isabella) and travel back in time to correct errors and have the Armada win the battle. Following the refusal of the Ministry in 1588 to collaborate, Philip takes hold of the Inquisition, enters the Ministry and discovers that not only can he travel into the past but also the future. He plants himself in 2016 so that he can not only be king of the world, but also king of time. When the patrol returns from a mission where they saved one of the fathers of the Constitution of 1812, they find history has changed. And not just for the better.|
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|22||1||"Con el tiempo en los talones (With time on his heels)"||Marc Vigil||June 1, 2017||2.04|
|Julian is killed in the 1937 Battle of Teruel. Grieving, Amelia and Alonso answer a call from Pacino. He's unofficially at the 1958 San Sebastián International Film Festival where Alfred Hitchcock is the Guest of Honour. But, in a Vertigo-like twist, fellow ministry of time agent (and lover) Marta is killed in a fall. Pacino interrogates a captured spy to find the Soviets plan to kidnap Hitchcock to produce propaganda films. Dodging more riffs from his films, the agents save Hitchcock but, Marnie-like, Pacino sees Marta alive! Back at the Ministry, Salvador is confined to a wheelchair due to a broken leg but spots one construction worker going into the ministry. Irene dismisses him as a lost worker but he later hides in the corridors, poisons a Soviet prisoner, and plots sabotage...|
|23||2||"Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)"||Jorge Dorado||June 8, 2017||1.73|
|The agents travel to 1943 Spain and France to ensure "Operation Mincemeat" goes through. The plot will fool Hitler into defending Greece instead of Sicily, but needs a fresh corpse for the deception. Instead they get a live volunteer. Ernesto and a young Lola are captured and tortured by Nazis, then marched to a firing squad. Back at the Ministry, modern-day Lola dies of radiation poisoning. Salvador and Irene learn the other roaming poisoner is a rogue Ministry agent from another era who's "dead".|
|24||3||"Tiempo de hechizos (Time of witchcraft)"||Koldo Serra||June 15, 2017||1.44|
|The poet Gustavo Adolfo Becquer wrote an unchronicled letter about a young witch who appears in three paintings in 1510, 1687, and 1864. Is she time-traveling? Investigating, Amelia and Alonso are bewitched as Pacino risks his life to save the witch and a baby from a Satanic cult. Back at the Ministry, Salvador recruits young Lola as an agent, tasks a suspicious Irene to train her - and it's Lola who cracks the mystery!|
|25||4||"Tiempo de ilustrados (Time of the Enlightened)"||Jorge Dorado||June 22, 2017||1.55|
|In 2017, Goya's The Naked Maja is slashed as if by ghosts. The team travels to 1799 to convince Goya to paint it again. Local entanglements arise as a corrupt minister holds an orphanage hostage, Simón Bolívar can't get his girl, and a cult of "Exterminating Angels" spread terror aided by Pacino's former lover Marta. And Velázquez demands to meet the great Goya!|
|26||5||"Tiempo de esplendor (Time of splendor)"||Oskar Santos||June 29, 2017||1.47|
|In 1604, King Philip III and England meet to sign a peace treaty, but a poisoner tries to sabotage the peace. Alonso and Pacino hunt the assassin and learn he's an Exterminating Angel. Amelia advises Queen Margaret on womanly politics and chastises Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega for bickering about meeting Shakespeare. Back at the Ministry, Salvador prevents Lola from going on missions, so she absconds with a stack of priceless paintings!|
|27||6||"Tiempo de esclavos (Time of slaves)"||Ignasi Tarruella||July 6, 2017||1.24|
|In 1881 (Amelia's time), King Alfonso XII is gunned down by a house slave. The agents detour to Cuba to rescue slaves, and reboot history so the King is never shot. Yet the agents are betrayed, and rescued by Lola, working undercover on secret orders from Salvador. Another cult, the Sons of Padilla, connive to change history. And they have. With her family broken and destitute, Amelia quits the Ministry, in hopes of a someday return.|
|28||7||"Tiempo de censura (Time of censorship)"||Abigail Schaaff||September 18, 2017||1.55|
|In 1961, the film Viridiana should be released to international acclaim, but a censor's last-minute switch bans it. Pacino plies the censor with lottery tickets and learns he was bribed by an Exterminating Angel. Irene, who's from this era, visits her estranged family and husband. Back at the Ministry, Lola trains in fighting, learns about 2017, and persuades her elderly daughter(!) to relinquish a complete photocopy of the undamaged Book of Doors.|
|29||8||"Tiempo de conquista (Time of conquest)"||Koldo Serra||September 25, 2017||1.57|
|In 1516, in Yucatan, Alonso and Pacino dodge savage Mayans, bloodthirsty Spaniards, and an Exterminating Angel to ensure Gonzalo Guerrero and Gerónimo de Aguilar survive to make history. Alonso also meets his storied grandfather. Back at the Ministry, Marta and the Sons of Padilla threaten agents' families and young orphan Salvador, who's dying. Quick action by Ernesto and Lola - as a nun with a gun - saves Salvador and captures Marta!|
|30||9||"El cisma del tiempo (The schism of time)"||Miguel Alcantud||October 2, 2017||1.40|
|In 2017, the Exterminating Angels hold Rabbi Abraham Levi hostage. Using the Kabbalah, he wrote The Book of Doors, and the Angels demand a path to the future. Impossible (or is it?). Levi escapes to 1417, in the castle at Peñiscola, and meets Antipope Benedict XIII, who gets popped to 2017. The time agents work to free Levi and Benedict with the help of the last Knights Templar of 1317. Back at the Ministry, Salvador negotiates with Marta, now branded a traitor with nothing to lose. She demands her father be freed - and he bashes her into a coma!|
|31||10||"Refugiados por el tiempo (Refugees through time)"||Gabe Ibáñez||October 9, 2017||1.45|
|In 1828, Alonso and Pacino save Simón Bolívar from an Exterminating Angel (Arteche) who's unkillable. Back home, Moorish refugees from 1609 stumble into 2017 Madrid. Salvador and Irene juggle the refugees and a mad bomber. Ernesto and Lola go to 1609 to convince King Philip III of Spain to rescue the Moors. Elena comes back into Alonso's life, and Marta wakes from her coma with no memory of Pacino!|
|32||11||"Tiempo de verbena (Time of fair)"||Miguel Alcantud||October 16, 2017||1.29|
|Angustias attends the 1894 premiere of La verbena de la Paloma, the seminal zarzuela, but finds the show cancelled. Lola and Pacino soothe egos and financing to put the show back on. Back at the Ministry, Alonso interrogates and befriends Arteche the immortal. In exchange for a peaceful death back in Roman times, Arteche reveals the chief Exterminating Angel is posing as the President's liaison to Salvador! Irene gentles Marta to retrieve her memory, but video-viewing her father's assault shocks her.|
|33||12||"Contratiempos (Setbacks)"||Marcos Castillo||October 25, 2017||0.98|
|The patrol is sent to 1976 because Adolfo Suárez is not destined to be Prime Minister of Spain. The head Exterminating Angel has abducted Elena to force Alonso to assassinate Suárez, and Pacino shoots Alonso dead. The Angel admits his killers to the Ministry to battle the Sons of Padilla. But Salvador's team subdues the lot with traps and gas, and Alonso is alive to rescue Elena! The time-meddlers' threat is finally over. Meanwhile, Lola's elderly daughter is dying and wishes to know her father's identity, so young Lola visits older Lola for answers. Pacino says farewell as Marta returns to her own era of 1576.|
|34||13||"Entre dos tiempos (Between two times)"||Miguel Alcantud||November 1, 2017||1.08|
|A cheesy TV series based on the Ministry's missions is under production in 1966 and threatens to reveal its secrets. Lola, Alonso, and Pacino scotch that effort with bad scripts and swap in Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's Historias para no dormir. But... returning to 2017, they find the Ministry overrun with time tourists! Another meddler with a Book of Doors is making millions. He banishes the heroes to 1350, where a one-eyed Irene leads guerrillas. But the flu is a new plague running rife across timelines. Pacino gets to take part in the Ministry's first and only travel to the future to see Madrid devastated by disease in 2019. The meddler puts things right and all ends well. And Alonso resigns to spend time with Elena. "Sometimes you need to save your own life."|
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|35||1||"Perdido en el tiempo (Lost in time)"||Chiqui Carabante||May 5, 2020||1.57|
|After three years out of action, Alonso, now father of a child with Elena, is pulled out of retirement by the Ministry and reunited with Pacino and Lola (who are dating each other). The reason? 1940's rising film star Eulogio Romero, who not only is identical to his former patrol partner Julián, who was believed dead, but also part of a plan to make Francisco Franco die 32 years too early.|
|36||2||"El laberinto del tiempo (The labyrinth of time)"||Marc Vigil||May 12, 2020||1.44|
|While on his era, Velázquez discovers Philip IV has a new mistress from the future, who turns out to be a former Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez contestant called Carolina. Pacino and Lola travel to 1981 to investigate her. While there, Pacino encounters a childhood friend, who tells him he's going to star in Pedro Almodóvar's next project. But Pacino knows Antonio Banderas was the star of that movie, which launched both his and Almodóvar's careers. Pacino and Lola are ordered to stay in 1981, and they immerse themselves in La Movida Madrileña to make sure Pedro and Antonio meet, but Pacino also learns his friend is gay and terminally ill with AIDS. Meanwhile, Alonso and Irene discover Carolina used an unknown time door and follow her to 1648 to convince her to return to her time, but the mission gets complicated when they discover she's a victim of domestic violence.|
|37||3||"Bloody Mary Hour"||Catxo López||May 19, 2020||1.15|
|When the Ministry receives word that Elizabeth I has been murdered before ever being crowned queen, Pacino, Alonso, Irene and Lola travel to England to prevent it and get history back on track. Irene befriends Mary I while the guys go hunting with her husband Philip II and his entourage. Alonso can't help comparing him to the much older Philip they've fought against before (in the season 2 finale). Pacino and Alonso save Elizabeth from poisoning and Mary is finally convinced to not kill her sister. Meanwhile, Amelia reluctantly returns to the Ministry to help Julián regain his memories. After trying several approaches, she manages him to make him remember.|
|38||4||"La memoria del tiempo (The memory of time)"||Anaïs Pareto||May 26, 2020||1.27|
|As Velázquez pays a visit to the Museo del Prado in 2020, the Las Meninas painting disappears before his eyes and the Ministry receives word that Pablo Picasso is not working on the Guernica and time is running out. The team travels to 1937, with Julian and Lola going to Madrid, were the paintings were being moved from El Prado due to the Civil War bombings, while Pacino, Irene and Velázquez go to Paris to convince Picasso. The two cases turn out to be connected and the mastermind behind both is an old foe of the Ministry. While in Paris, Irene meets Josephine Baker and Clara Campoamor.|
|39||5||"Deshaciendo el tiempo (Undoing time)"||Carles Torrens||June 2, 2020||1.29|
|The patrol has a new mission, but Pacino is ordered to stay because of his emotional turmoil. Irene orders Carolina, now working for the Ministry, to keep an eye on him. Pacino decides to change time to save Lola. He travels two weeks back and succeeds in getting Alonso replace Lola on the previous mission, without realizing Carolina is following him. Lola is saved, but Julián and Alonso are killed instead. Pacino travels back to save them, but they're kidnapped by Díaz Bueno. He realizes Carolina's been trailing him. Back to the present, they find Julián and Alonso are now children, as a result of travelling 30 years into the past on Díaz Bueno's ship (the Anacronópete), without being given the protective Garcia Fluid. Pacino and Carolina travel one month back to neutralize Díaz Bueno. They get him in custody, but he reveals he hid a bomb in the Ministry a while back. The bomb explodes, with Angustias being the only survivor. Pacino wants to try again, but Carolina convinces him to let Lola go. Meanwhile, at home Lola holds a positive pregnancy test. Pacino goes to the past and fixes the timeline. Two weeks before, after kidnapping Lola, the Anacronópete travels to 1945, right in the middle of a World War II's battle.|
|40||6||"El tiempo vuela (Time flies)"||Chiqui Carabante||June 9, 2020||1.25|
|After Angustias alerts Salvador that Albert Einstein has been murdered in Madrid in 1923 and his friend Emilio Herrera is under suspicion, the undersecretary takes matters into his own hands, while reminiscing about Herrera's connection to him and his wife.|
|41||7||"Pretérito imperfecto (Past imperfect)"||Koldo Serra||June 16, 2020||1.25|
|When king Ferdinand VII seems about to die too early, paving the way for the rise to the throne of his brother Carlos María Isidro, the Ministry hires a down-on-his-luck actor to replace him while they treat the king in the 21st century.|
|42||8||"Días de futuro pasado (Days of future past)"||Jorge Dorado||June 23, 2020||1.15|
|The corpse of a child appears near the Ministry's headquarters, and the clues for the murder are scattered across time.|
- 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 Castile
- 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 prosecutor
- 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 Bonaparte
- 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 María 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)
- 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 Vázquez 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
- José Ángel Egido as Alfred Hitchcock
- Pierre Kiwitt as Petrov
- Óscar de la Fuente as Francisco Morales
- Julia Fossi as Alma Reville
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).
|2016||4th MiM Series Awards||Best Drama Series||Nominated|||
|Best Drama Actor||Hugo Silva||Nominated|
|2017||4th Feroz Awards||Best Drama Series||Won|||
|Best Lead Actress (TV)||Aura Garrido||Won|
|Best Lead Actor (TV)||Nacho Fresneda||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor (TV)||Hugo Silva (ex aequo with José Sacristán)||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress (TV)||Cayetana Guillén Cuervo||Nominated|
|5th MiM Series Awards||Best Drama Actor||Nacho Fresneda||Nominated|||
|2018||5th Feroz Awards||Best Drama Series||Nominated|||
|Best Lead Actor (TV)||Hugo Silva||Nominated|
|Best Lead Actress (TV)||Aura Garrido||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress (TV)||Cayetana Guillén Cuervo||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor (TV)||Jaime Blanch||Nominated|
|5th Platino Awards||Best Miniseries or TV series||El Ministerio del Tiempo||Won|||
|Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV series||Aura Garrido||Nominated|
|2021||8th Feroz Awards||Best Drama Series||Nominated|||
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. An adaptation of the series was shot in Ukraine too, but the release date is still unknown.
On 27 September 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.
The defendants responded to the suit in a November 23, 2016 filing, contending that shows about time travel are an established television genre, and that similarities between the two shows are generic, and largely based on the notion that the main characters will travel in time to effect some kind of change. A request to dismiss Onza's lawsuit by Sony was denied on February 15, 2017, but the two parties ultimately came to an agreement and jointly moved to dismiss.
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- "Lista completa de ganadores de los Premios Feroz 2021". FormulaTV. 3 March 2021.
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- Official website (in Spanish)
- The Ministry of Time at IMDb
- The Ministry of Time on FilmAffinity
- TVE risks with The Ministry of Time with new formats
- The Multicolored Diary: The best time-travel TV show you are probably not watching this season
- MipTV: RTVE, Onza’s Department of Time Discovers Chinese TV Market | Variety.
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