Yes, Spain does do science-fiction: meet El ministerio del tiempo

Although it always seems to be about time travel…

The latest Spanish sci-fi show is La 1’s El ministerio del tiempo (The Ministry of Time). I don’t speak Spanish, but as far as I can tell, it’s about a Spanish government ministry that tries to stop other countries from changing history to benefit themselves at the expense of Spain.

The show focuses on the ministry’s newest ‘patrol’ – Army of Flanders soldier Alonso de Entrerríos, 19th century student Amelia Folch and 21st century Samur paramedic Julián Martínez – who as well as avoiding the temptation to kill Hitler, et al, before the Second World War starts, frequently have to stop artistic works from being stolen/destroyed/never created, with everything from Don Quixote to Guernica needing to be rescued.

Currently airing its second season, it looks a lot of fun and won last year’s Ondas Award for Best Spanish TV series. Perhaps most interestingly for TV nerds like me, there’s an episode in which Michelle Jenner plays Queen Isabel I of Spain, who was the first to establish the Ministry back in 1491 – Jenner, of course, played Isabel in soapy biopic Isabel, which aired over here on Sky Arts. Nice crossover work, guys.



  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.