Spanish soap opera Amar en tiempos revueltos (“Love in troubled times”) first aired on September 26th 2005 on Spanish TV channel RTVE1 and became extremely popular. It is set during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of the controversial Franco Dictatorship. The first season covered the period between 1936 and 1945, the second season from 1945 to 1948, the third from 1948 to 1950, the fourth from 1950 to 1952, the fifth from 1952 to 1953, the sixth from 1954 to 1955, and the seventh from 1956 to 1957. These were extremely difficult and turbulent times in Spain and they make for the perfect backdrop to what is an excellent and very interesting programme.
A vast number of actors and actresses are involved with Amar en tiempos revueltos throughout the seasons. Some of the stars were Pilar Bardem, Itziar Miranda, Manuel Baqueiro, and José Antonio Sayagués. Pilar Bardem is the mother of famous Spanish actor Javier Bardem and she plays Elpidia Grande in this series. Pilar Bardem has starred in a long list of films during an illustrious career. The Bardem family has been famous in Spain for generations. Pilar Bardem’s parents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro and her brother is screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem. Her other two children, Carlos and Mónica, are also actors. Javier Bardem, Pilar Bardem, Mónica Bardem and Carlos Bardem often appear in one another’s films. The Bardem family also owns a restaurant in Madrid called La Bardemcilla which is managed by Mónica Bardem.
Spanish soap opera Amar en tiempos revueltos has won various awards including the Turia Award for best national series in 2005, Un Premios Onda for the best Spanish series in 2008, and the TP de Oro in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 for best soap opera. Pedro Martinez Lopez and Noel Molina were nominated for best music and the programme was also nominated for best screenplay at the 2008 ATV awards. Actresses Marina San José and Charlotte Olcina were nominated for the 2010 LesGai Television Award. Marina San José played Ana Rivas Ortiz in the programme and Carlotta Olcina played Teresa García Guerrero.
Spanish people fell in love with Amar en tiempos revueltos and it maintained its weekly prime time slot with excellent viewing figures. It is a historical drama that will appeal especially to the romantics amongst you, as this is essentially a love story, and to those of you interested in learning more about one of the most interesting periods in Spanish history and a period that happened really not that long ago. It is amazing to think how much Spain went though during the twentieth century. There was an incredible amount of twists and turns, ups and downs, pain and suffering. You can learn a lot from this programme and from other similar Spanish TV programmes, such as Cuéntame Cómo Pasó. I have written quite a lot also about the Spanish history of this period and you can read all my posts by following this link. It really was a fascinating period and one that explains a lot about the Spain we are living in here today.
The great thing about Spanish TV is that it is freely available on the internet via the websites of the major Spanish TV channels such as TVE1, TVE2, Telecinco, Antena 3 and Cuatro, no matter where you live in the world. With all of my posts here on The Spanish Blog about Spanish TV I include direct links to watch the discussed programmes free online. This is a fantastic way to practice your Spanish listening skills and pick up lots of vital vocabulary and expressions. Watching television in another language is never easy at first, but stick with it and be patient, it will be well worth the effort. The key is to try and find TV programmes that you are genuinely enjoy and are interested in. When you really get into a programme you forget that you are also “studying” and your command of the foreign language improves in leaps and bounds. Click here for a full list of all the other Spanish TV shows I have covered so far.