Monday, 23 May 2016

EL MINISTERIO DEL TIEMPO - SERIES 2, EPISODE 11: TIEMPO DE LO OCULTO (LA 1)

[Spoiler-Free] The existence of the Ministry of Time is about to be revealed but Salvador has a solution.
 
Sebastián Lombardi used to host a TV show about paranormal and other mysteries where he told his viewers that General Franco is frozen with Walt Disney or that if you listen to a LP of Argentine singer Luis Aguilé backwards your head explodes. Then he discovered the Ministry of Time by accident. Except that Lombardi didn't know that the Ministry was actually financing his programme and they managed to handle the problem.

Eight years later, the man is on an internet video platform and he seeks revenge. Salvador Martí invites Sebastián to visit El Ministerio del Tiempo, or rather an obscure branch of the Ministry of Public Works. After four hours of transformation of the Ministry into the dullest administration of Spain, Lombardi arrives with his daughter Sonia to film a video. Things don't go as planned and both end up in 1485, where they meet... Christopher Columbus.

Alonso must deal with a very modern concept. There's a crowd in the men's room of the Ministry of Time. Velázquez doesn't "scribble". A new face appears on banknotes in 1992. There's a confrontation involving "Christiano", "Ronaldo" and "Ronaldinha da Silva Mourinho". An hilarious episode written by Borja Cobeaga & Diego San José and directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera. Pure comedy was undoubtedly needed after the powerful Separadas por el tiempo.

Starring Rodolfo Sancho (Julián Martínez), Aura Garrido (Amelia Folch), Nacho Fresneda (Alonso de Entrerríos), Cayetana Guillén Cuervo (Irene Larra), Juan Gea (Ernesto Jiménez), Francesca Piñón (Angustias Vázquez) and Jaime Blanch (Salvador Martí). Guest starring Roberto Drago (Sebastián Lombardi), Anna Castillo (Sonia Lombardi), Joan Carreras (Christopher Colombus), Susana Córdoba (Elena),  José Ramón Iglesias (Germán), Emilio Linder, Ramón Merlo and Julián Villagrán as Velázquez.

Created by Pablo Olivares & Javier Olivares (Victor Ros, Isabel). Produced by Cliffhanger TV, Onza Entertainment and RTVE. María Roy & Maite L. Pisonero (TVE), José María Irisarri & Gonzalo Sagardía (Onza Entertainment) and Javier Olivares (Cliffhanger TV) exec produce. Anaïs Schaff and Abigail Schaff are the content coordinators for Cliffhanger TV. Music composed by Dario González Valderrama. In Tiempo de lo oculto we learn that the Ministry can influence ratings (the joke about the films of José Luis Garci), which certainly explains the little improvement of the numbers with this episode.

http://www.rtve.es/television/ministerio-del-tiempo/

Saturday, 21 May 2016

WIVES AND DAUGHTERS (KOBA FILMS)

Wives and Daughters (1999) is a superb BBC costume drama available in France on DVD from Koba Films since the end of last year.
 
This four-part serial is adapted from Wives and Daughters, an Every-Day Story (1865), the final book of Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), who wrote North and South and Cranford. Wives and Daughters comes from producer Sue Birtwistle and scriptwriter Andrew Davies (the House of Cards trilogy), the duo behind the popular 1995 BBC version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and an ITV adaptation of Austen's Emma the following year.

Elizabeth Gaskell died before finishing Wives and Daughters, so Andrew Davies had to write an ending. 17-year old Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell) lives a quiet life in the English countryside with her widower father, the kind Dr. Gibson (Bill Paterson). When he marries Hyacinth Kirpatrick, a former governess to the children of Lord and Lady Cumnor, Molly must accept the presence of her self-absorbed stepmother. Soon, Hyacinth's daughter Cynthia (Keeley Hawes) joins the household and Molly befriends her stepsister. Cynthia attracts the attention of Roger Hamley (Anthony Howell), the youngest son of Squire Hamley (Michael Gambon) and Mrs Hamley (Penelope Wilton), friends of the Gibson family.

Directed by Nicholas Renton, this classy co-production of the BBC and WGBH Boston is a pure wonder. The whole cast is absolutely perfect, starting with the great Francesca Annis. Before Molly Gibson, the excellent Justine Waddell played Estella in Great Expectations (1999) and Tess in Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998). In 2000, Michael Gambon deservedly won a BAFTA TV Award and a RTS TV Award for his portrayal of the gruff but good-hearted Squire Hamley.
Tom Hollander, who's now one of the major British television actors, plays Osborne Hamley. Iain Glen brings his subtlety to the character of Mr Preston, a man who knows that Cynthia has a secret.

Ian Carmichael (Lord Cumnor), Rosamund Pike (Lady Harriet) and Richard Coyle are amongst the other cast members. Wives and Daughters was filmed at Elstree Studios and at some historic properties like Levens Hall, in Cumbria, or Wentworth Woodhouse (in South Yorkshire). The DVD two-disc set from Koba Films contains the original dialogue track (subtitled or not). It includes a documentary called Who the Dickens is Mrs Gaskell?, about Elizabeth Gaskell and the filming of Wives and Daughters. BBC One aired the four 75-minute episodes between November and December 1999. BBC America and PBS aired them later in the United States.

http://www.kobafilms.fr/films/381-femmes-filles-5051889542599.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/wives/index.html

Friday, 13 May 2016

EL MINISTERIO DEL TIEMPO - SERIES 2, EPISODE 10: SEPARADAS POR EL TIEMPO (LA 1)

[Spoiler-Free] Written by Diana Rojo, Carlos de Pando and series co-creator Javier Olivares, Separadas por el tiempo (aired on May 2) is definitely the best episode of El Ministerio del Tiempo to date.
 
Irene notices the presence a teacher with a group during an exhibition. The woman explains who was Spanish feminist Clara Campoamor. Suddenly, one of her pupils spots the doppelganger of her teacher on a photo from 1930 about Las Sinsombrero (the women of "The Generation of '27"). Meanwhile, Amelia receives the visit of Enriqueta Martí, the ex-maid of the Folch family, that she fired in Óleo sobre tiempo

The problem is that Enriqueta has seen her future: she will become the "Vampiress of El Raval", a (real life) sadly famous child serial murderer amongst other horrible activities. This has consequences in several eras so Salvador, who insists that Enriqueta is not related to his family, asks the team to stop a potentially chaotic situation. And Ernesto meets his son. Separadas por el tiempo is beyond brilliant. The script equals those of the best episodes of Doctor Who. The performance of Maria Rodríguez Soto (1) as Enriqueta Martí is absolutely extraordinary.

Starring Rodolfo Sancho (Julián Martínez), Aura Garrido (Amelia Folch), Nacho Fresneda (Alonso de Entrerríos), Cayetana Guillén Cuervo (Irene Larra), Juan Gea (Ernesto Jiménez), Francesca Piñón (Angustias Vázquez) and Jaime Blanch (Salvador Martí). Carlos Cuevas (Javier), Fanny Gautier (Carmen Folch), Mario Tardón (Dr. Madrigal) José Antonio Barón, Luna Fulgencio, Arnau García and Alexandra Jiménez (Julia/Teresa) are the other guest stars of this episode, perfectly directed by Abigail Schaaf.  

Created by Pablo Olivares & Javier Olivares (Victor Ros, Isabel). Produced by Cliffhanger TV, Onza Entertainment and RTVE. María Roy & Maite L. Pisonero (TVE), José María Irisarri & Gonzalo Sagardía (Onza Entertainment) and Javier Olivares (Cliffhanger TV) exec produce. Anaïs Schaff and Abigail Schaff are the content coordinators for Cliffhanger TV. Music composed by Dario González Valderrama. El Ministerio del Tiempo is one of the best dramas currently on the air. And it's also a fantastic cultural ambassador of Spain.

(1) Credited as Maria Rodríguez.

http://www.rtve.es/television/ministerio-del-tiempo/
http://theculturetrip.com/europe/spain/articles/la-generacion-del-27-spains-tragic-literary-generation/
http://www.lassinsombrero.com/#!home/cjp6

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

CAPITAINE MARLEAU: LE DOMAINE DES SOEURS MEYER (RATINGS)

France 3's excellent crime drama Capitaine Marleau is one of the French favourites of this blog since even before the pubcaster showed its pilot last year. 

The channel aired Le domaine des soeurs Meyer, the second case of the unconventional gendarme, yesterday. And the rating numbers of the episode make us very happy. 

4.428.000 viewers (18.4%) watched the return of the amazing Corinne Masiero as Marleau (no first-name), an offbeat cop between Vera Stanhope, Columbo and French comedian Coluche. Last night, private channel TF1 aired two new episodes of Unforgettable and lost the lead against Capitaine Marleau after the first one (18.5% and then 17.4%). Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir, the pilot, caught  3.731.000 viewers (15.3%) in September 2015 on France 3. See links below for details:

http://www.toutelatele.com/audiences-tv-du-mardi-10-mai-unforgettable-tf1-battu-par-capitaine-marleau-france-3-m6-leader-avec-the-island-aupres-des-moins-de-50-ans-81944
http://www.ozap.com/actu/audiences-unforgettable-puis-france-3-en-tete-france-2-faible-julien-courbet-demarre-correctement/497618
http://www.ozap.com/actu/audiences-mentalist-en-tete-scenes-de-menages-et-capitaine-marleau-en-forme-france-2-decoit/477702 (Pilot)

Belgian channel La Une aired Le domaine des soeurs Meyer on March 11 and the next episode, Les mystères de la foi, last month, ahead of France 3.

Spoiler-free reviews:

http://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2016/04/capitaine-marleau-les-mysteres-de-la-foi.html (Les mystères de la foi)
http://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2016/03/capitaine-marleau-le-domaine-des-soeurs.html (Le domaine des soeurs Meyer)
http://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2015/09/capitaine-marleau-philippe-muir-france-3.html (Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir)

See also:

http://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2016/03/capitaine-marleau-returns.html

Monday, 9 May 2016

BLOG ADVISORY

April was a month particularly troublesome for your humble servant. 

Well, it seems that May is a bit jealous of its predecessor: we're starting it with last month's problems plus "technical" difficulties.

More than ever we thank you  for your constant interest, your fidelity and your  trust. 

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