Efe Madrid


Updated Friday, February 23, 2024-18:17

RTVE will ask the BBC for explanations after the British corporation announced the launch of a

television series

very similar to its famous

production 'The Ministry of Time'.

"Neither RTVE nor the production company that took charge of the production of the series have

granted any license to the BBC or any

production company for the adaptation of 'El Ministerio del Tiempo'. RTVE will ask the BBC for the appropriate explanations about the announcement it made. without prejudice to the rights that assist you in defending your interests," the Spanish entity has published on its networks.

The coincidences

between both series are evident in the announcement made

by the BBC from the title itself, 'The Ministry of Time', to the synopsis of its main plot: "A newly created government department brings together expatriates from all over history in an experiment to test the feasibility of time travel."

In the same article on their website it is explained that it is an

adaptation carried out by Alice Birch

(responsible for other fictions such as 'Normal People') from the "highly anticipated" first novel of the same name by Kaliane Bradley and produced by A24, also in charge of its international distribution.

"We can't wait to welcome BBC viewers to 'The Ministry of Time'.

It's a series that feels completely unique

, mixing genres of romance, thriller, science fiction and drama," said director Lindsay Salt. division of the BBC, in statements included in the review.

The original series, created by Pablo and Javier Olivares and produced by Onza, Cliffhanger and Globomedia for RTVE, began broadcasting on La 1 in February 2015 and remained on the air for

four seasons, with awards such as the Ondas Award

for best fiction. Spanish in 2015 and 2016.

From the third, thanks to an agreement it jumped to the Netflix catalog, which made it a relative international success with

adaptations in Portugal, Italy, France, Germany and more remote territories such as China and Ukraine


In a message

published on the social

network by a judicial agreement.

"That NBC (judicial agreement, it is not an opinion) and the BBC (same title and idea) plagiarize you shows how badly we did not do it with 'The Ministry of Time'. I think that since it is from TVE and public property,

it would be good if "someone would be proud to act

," he wrote in his profile.