RTVE Play, the free platform that replaces A la Carta, begins the year loaded with premieres of series, films and documentaries, among which are Miniseries, dramas, thrillers, comedies, musicals and adaptations, such as ‘House of Cards’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘To be or not to be’, ‘Thunder’ and ‘The Split’. All of them will be available, in streaming, and at no cost, during the coming weeks.
‘Roots’ by Carlos Maldonado
Documentary series on the life of chef Carlos Maldonado, winner of the third edition of ‘Masterchef’. Directed by Hernán Zin, the documentary is a retrospective look at that rebellious young man who accompanied his father in the street vendor and that ended up conquering almost four million viewers with his triumph in the ‘talent’ of TVE.
During the two chapters you will be able to get to know the chef up close as he travels back to his origins. His evolution as a cook will be shown, but also as a person. The steps you took to start your professional projects, ‘Roots’ (with a Michelin Star) and ‘El Círculo’, and how he combined it with the great project of his life: his family.
On January 19, the documentary ‘Trueno: Daring to dream’ will arrive on RTVE Play, a film that follows the successful tour that he has done the Argentine rapper for Spain. At just 18 years old, Mateo Palacios Corazzina, known artistically as Trueno, is a benchmark for many young people who pursue the same dream: to be a successful rapper.
Originally from La Boca, in Buenos Aires, The rapper managed to rise as champion of the FMS Argentina at the age of 17 and the Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos in 2019, thus making freestyle history. A documentary with a unique account of the life and career of this young idol of the new generations.
‘To be or not to be’
The new Playz series stars a trans teen and it will discuss, without prejudice, the emotional challenges that you face in your just beginning transition. ‘To be or not to be’ will shed light on the experiences of a group unknown to many or misunderstood by others.
This youth comedy drama, starring Ander Puig, will feature six 25-minute episodes. The story will take place in a performing high school class where his students dream of becoming great performers.
‘House of Cards’
British miniseries that is set in London in 1990, after the fall of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The story tells the life of Francis Urquhart, a far-right politician who devises a plan to rise to power and become Prime Minister.
The series, which has only four chapters, aired between November 18 and December 9, 1990 on the BBC. Such was his success that he received five nominations at the BAFTA television awards, with Ian Richardson winning Best Actor.
Television adaptation based on the successful Victor Hugo novel which was a success. The series, broadcast by the BBC, transports us to the France of the early nineteenth century in the middle of the July Revolution.
Starring Dominic West as Jean Valjean and Lily Collins as the young Fantine, the series tells, in a very faithful way to the book, what we already saw in ‘Les Miserables’ by Tom Hooper, Bille August or Josée Dayan.
French miniseries that tells what would happen to humanity if the system collapsed and it would definitely collapse. The eight chapters of the series are filmed in sequence in order to enhance the drama that is experienced in the streets of Paris after the collapse.
With a first-person look, the series shows stories that share the despair and flight of people trying to survive the catastrophe. A series of extreme situations that will take the viewer to a degree of tension comparable to that suffered by the protagonists of the miniseries.
A six-episode miniseries about an English man from Pakistani origin who is forced to work for a counterterrorism officer. Starring Paddy Considine, Bel Powley and Nabhaan Rizwan, the BBC series delves into jihadist terrorism without falling into conventional clichés.
The thriller, directed by Johnny Campbell, is full of rhythm, racial diversity, twisted stories and twists that culminate in a very powerful ending.
British miniseries about a renowned family of lawyers specialized in divorce cases. The fiction, starring actress Nicola Walker, begins when Hannah decides to leave the family law firm after a dispute with her own mother (Deborah Findlay).
The series delves into women who fight for their happiness. Women who are mothers, who marry, who divorce, who remain single, who have children, that work, in short, women of all types. In addition, the BBC fiction also talks about family problems, secrets and the past.
‘Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.’
Documentary directed by Stephen Loveridge that focuses on the life of the singer Mankangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A. The documentary traces the singer’s life for two decades, first as a Tamil refugee in London fleeing the war in Sri Lanka and later as a star.
Through the home videos that Mathangi accumulated, the documentary explores the early years of her career as an artist where the singer focused on the obsessive search for her own sound. Little by little he was acquiring a media recognition that he took advantage of to engage in political activism and denounce a genocide that Europe and the United States wanted to hear about.
With the same theme as series such as ‘Family Doctor’, ‘Central Hospital’ or ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Hippocrates’, this French series tells the story of four young residents who are forced tol in front of the Paris Public Hospital when a quarantine leaves the staff of the clinical center in check …
In eight chapters, the young people will have to deal with them to care for all the patients and keep the hospital center in operation during the 48 hours that the quarantine lasts. The series was well received by critics and audiencesThe Crystal Globes (the French equivalent of the Golden Globes) won three nominations.
This year the documentary about the mythical gospel album by Aretha Franklin: ‘Amazing Grace’. The great director Sydney Pollack was in charge of filming one of the most emblematic concerts of Lady Soul. It was in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts (Los Angeles). That recording would become his best-selling album and a symbol of the gospel.
Before director Pollack’s death in 2008, he expressed his desire to turn that concert into a film. Producer Alan Elliott recovered the recordings, trapped for four decades in a vault, and approached the project with people who were passionate about music.
‘20,000 days on earth ‘
Documentary directed by Iain Forsyth with Jane Pollard, celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. In 24 fictitious hours it is narrated the life of the musician and icon international cultural Nick Cave.
The film offers, combining drama and reality, an intimate portrait of the artistic process examining what makes us who we are. A remarkably clever and entertaining documentary according to the New York Post.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.