‘Cuéntame’ returns with a trip to the present with the coronavirus as the protagonist

The coronavirus pandemic becomes the protagonist of the longest-running series on television in our country, “Tell me how it happened ”, whose season 21, which La1 premieres this Thursday, will play with time to accompany the Alcántara family both in the 90s and in a 2020 marked by the fight against covid-19.


Two times, two realities, temporary jumps and the same family, the same family, the one that has been accompanying us for 20 years, are the keys to the new season of “Tell me how it happened”, which RTVE premieres this Thursday on La 1 with a chapter in which the coronavirus becomes the protagonist.

For the first time in these two decades of fiction, “Cuéntame” is approaching the future by making a foray, how could it be otherwise, in the year 2020.

The pandemic becomes the scene of a season that, however, will have as a starting point, to follow the chronology of the series, 1992, an important year for Spain thanks to the Barcelona Olympic Games.

Joaquín Oristrell, script coordinator, underlined precisely this Tuesday at a press conference that These temporary jumps, with forays into the future of the Alcántara, were a “milestone” in this production: “We had done flash-backs, but never this”.


1992 brought us together and the pandemic, in this very individualistic world, brings us together again“Pointed out Oristrell, who emphasized the idea that a series like” ‘Cuéntame’ has the need to tell. “

With this premise begins a 21st season, produced by RTVE and Grupo Ganga with the participation of Amazon Prime Video, shot in the midst of a pandemic and which, as Oristrell said, could not miss the opportunity to tell what is happening to us, our reality.

“Cuéntame” has been, for many, a mirror to look at, to remember and recall past times. It is that of “that also happened to our family” or “we lived that” that moves a series that, since September 2001, hooked the audience.

Twenty years later, “Cuéntame” sticks to the present, “more than ever” as Oristrell emphasized, to address a reality, that of the coronavirus, which will have a direct impact on the Alcántara family, as it has on all of us.

Imanol Arias (Antonio) and Ana Duato (Merche) will continue to lead, along with Pablo Rivero (Toni), Paloma Boyd (Deborah), Irene Visedo (Inés) and Carmen Climent (María), of the plot in 1992, however, In 2020 there will be substantial changes, such as the absence of Herminia – although María Galiana will be in the scenes of the 90s – and interesting additions to the cast.

The actor Carlos Hipólito, the voice of Carlitos during these 20 years, will appear for the first time on screen to give life to the Carlos of 2020. After the departure of Ricardo Gómez and, consequently, that of Carlitos to New York, 2020 proposes the return of the protagonist.

Along with Hipólito, who at a press conference showed his enthusiasm for being in front of the cameras, Silvia Abascal arrives to give life to a María Alcántara who, as a doctor, is absolutely submerged in the terrible situation in which the world finds itself because of her guilt of the covid-19.

There will also be changes in the younger cast, although that will be in the 2020 scenes. The grandchildren, Oriol (Javier Lorenzo) and Santi (Víctor Garrido), will be replaced by Borja Fano and Jan Cornet, respectively, to reflect how the characters reach the maturity.

A season 21, “very emotional, emotional and passionate” according to Duato, in which, as Oristrell has assured, the snowstorm ‘Filomena’ will also be reflected: “Until March we will be writing and ‘Filomena’ also has her role ”.

“We have ten weeks of filming left and we are going to stick to reality as much as possible”, concluded the script coordinator about a season that, as he himself pointed out, could be (or not) the last: “It is never the last season and they are all the last season. The series will continue while you are there ”.

Season 21 of “Cuéntame”, whose tune Rozalén now interprets, arrives this Thursday at La 1 to, on the one hand, allow us to open the box of memories and place ourselves in an exciting 1992 and, on the other, to see ourselves reflected, through of the Alcántara family, in the unthinkable reality that, in this case, has surpassed fiction.