Watch all your favourite TV programmes thanks to the TVE Archives


Since it began in 1956, the programmes on Televisión Española have marked time and been part of the lives of millions of families. Thanks to the RTVE Archive we can relive or discover, some of its most emblematic productions.



Historias para no dormir



Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador, one of the most influential figures of television in Spain, introduced to our country the horror film genre, which at that time was almost unheard of. He presented the episodes, in a similar style to that of Hitchcok, in a show which brought to life stories by Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury, as well as other original scripts.



Un, dos, tres



If with Historias para no dormir, Ibáñez Serrador was innovative, with Un, dos, tres he revolutionised the world of television. It was the first Spanish format to be exported to many other countries and became one of the most watched not only in Spain -with audiences of around 20 million– but also in Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and the United Kingdom.


El hombre y la tierra



First broadcast in 1974, it elevated the charismatic natural scientist Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and not only triumphed in Spain, but became a reference for documentaries all over the world. Awarded in Monte Carlo and Paris, it is considered the Best Production in the History of Spanish Television by the Spanish Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


La edad de oro



A quintessential cult programme which premiered in 1983 on TVE’s second channel. This programme was presented by Paloma Chamorro and it was a platform and a reflection of the Movida Madrileña. This programme gave representatives of the most alternative and groundbreaking cultural trends a much needed platform in a post-Franco, largely conservative society.


La bola de cristal



A children’s programme from the eighties that treated children as adults and reflected the changes of the Spanish Transition and the essence of the Movida Madrileña. La Bola de Cristal, directed by Lolo Rico, was only on the air for four years, but characters like the faulty witch, the electric elves and the iconic singer, Alaska left their mark on a whole new generation.


Verano azul



With only 19 episodes, Antonio Mercero‘s production has become part of the collective memory of the 80s. The adventures of a group of teenagers in the coastal town of Nerja, which was also broadcast in Latin America and Europe, and was groundbreaking on Spanish TV in regard to the topics in covered, such as divorce, civil liberties, social conscience and protest and issues related to the environment.


El gran circo de TVE



Belonging to a long-line of circus entertainers and after becoming very popular  in Latin America, the TV clowns – Gaby, Fofó and Miliki Aragón – came to TVE in 1973, where they became a TV phenomenon. The original trio would later be joined by some of their children and would continue to stay on air with various programmes until the 90s. Very few artists have managed to influence various generations as much as this famous TV trio did.


Operación Triunfo



The first edition of OT managed to break all audience records – over 13 million people watched the final gala and in regard to CD sales in managed to sell over 4 million, becoming one of the biggest television, musical and social phenomena in Spain. In addition to returning the Eurovision Song Contest to its former glory making it once again the most watched show of the year.


Cuéntame cómo pasó



The unmistakable voiceover of Carlitos as an adult, began in 2001 to tell the story of his family, the Alcántara’s, and is still going, making it the longest-running series on Spanish television. The programme through which we have relived man walking on the moon to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This programme has been exported to many different countries in Europe, Latin America and North America, and was nominated for two Emmy awards.


El Ministerio del Tiempo



If the Alcántara’s have evolved over time, the agents of this secret ministry travel directly through it. The creation of the Olivares brothers has earned them critical acclaim and a powerful fan base on social media referred to as the ministéricos, as well as exporting their format to Portugal, China, Italy, France and Germany.