FICTION

'STORIES TO STAY AWAKE'

  • Genre: Horror, suspense
  • Seasons: 3
  • Episodes: 29
  • Duration: 50'
  • Date of issue: 1966-1982
  • Channel: TVE1

The series, nowadays considered cult, consists of independent episodes in which horror stories of renowned authors such as Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe are staged as well as original scripts by Ibañez Serrador himself, signed with the pseudonym Luis Peñafiel. Some of the chapters, such as the 'El asfalto' (asphalt) (Golden Nymph at the 1967 Monte Carlo Television Festival) or 'El trasplante' (the transplant) won important international awards.

 

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador got one of his Ondas awards in 1969 for best television writer.

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador got one of his Ondas awards in 1969 for best television writer.

'El cuervo', a biography of the last years of writer Edgar Allan Poe.

'El cuervo', a biography of the last years of writer Edgar Allan Poe.

'El trapero', with Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Amparo Baró, Aurora Redondo.

'El trapero', with Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Amparo Baró, Aurora Redondo.

THE LEGENDARY SERIES ENTAILED THE SUCCESS OF NARCISO IBÁÑEZ SERRADOR IN THE MEDIA

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador got the first of his Ondas awards in 1969 for best television writer by 'Stories to stay awake'. Some of the chapters, such as the 'El asfalto' (asphalt) (Golden Nymph at the 1967 Monte Carlo Television Festival) or 'El trasplante' (the transplant) won important international awards.

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The most disturbing series of television history in Spain

‘Historias para no dormir’ (Stories to stay awake) began broadcasting in 1966 on TVE and marked a breakthrough in television narrative in our country because it addressed the horror genre for the first time on Spanish television.

Ibáñez Serrador who, besides directing and writing scripts (under the pseudonym of Luis Peñafiel), presented each episode in the style of Alfred Hitchcock or Rod Serling, the show featured a remarkable cast of actors, led by the creator’s father, Narciso Ibáñez Menta, along with, among others, Estanis González and José María Caffarel.

The regular Art director was Fernando Sáenz, who got inspiration from drawings by Antonio Mingote for both “El Asfalto and “El Trasplante”. The music was composed by Waldo de los Ríos.

List of ‘Historias para no dormir’:

1964: ‘El último reloj” (the last clock) (in the TV series “Tras la puerta cerrada”) 18 December. Special Mention at the International Television Festival of Monte Carlo.
1965: ‘NN23’ (was announced in the series ‘Mañana puede ser verdad’). 23 April. 2nd prize (Special Mention) at the International Television Festival Berlín for “high spiritual values it contains as well as for its excellent television expression”.
1966: Start of ‘Historias para no dormir’.

First Season 1966

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‘El Cumpleaños’ (The Birthday). 4 February.
‘La Mano’ (The Hand). 11 February.
‘La Bodega’ 1st part. 18 February.
‘La Bodega’ 2nd part. 25 February.
‘El Tonel’ (The Barrel). 4 March.
‘La Oferta’ (The Offer). 11 March.
‘El Doble’ (The Double). 18 March.
‘El Pacto’ (The Pact). 25 March.
‘El Muñeco’ (The Doll). 1 April.
‘El cohete’ (The Rocket). 15 April.
‘El aniversario’ (The anniversary). 22 April.
‘La cabaña’ (The Cabin). 29 April.
‘La espera’ (The wait). 6 May.
‘La alarma’ (The Alarm) 1st part. 20 May.
‘La alarma’ (The Alarm) 2nd part. 27 May.
‘La sonrisa’ (The Smile). 3 June.
‘La broma’ (The Joke). 17 June.
‘El asfalto’ (The Asphalt), 24 June. Golden Nymph Monte Carlo Best Script.

Second Season 1967-1968

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‘Martín Fierro’ Award (Argentina) for best foreign series.
‘ONDAS’ Award for Narciso Ibáñez Serrador for best writer (1969).

‘La pesadilla’ (The Nightmare). 20 October.
‘La zarpa’ (The Claw). 3 November.
‘El vidente’ (The Fortune Teller). 1 December.
‘El regreso’ (The Return). 15 December.
‘El cuervo’ (The Raven). 29 December.
‘La promesa’ (The Promise). 12 January.
‘La casa’ (The House). 26 January.
‘El trasplante’ (The Transplant). 15 March (Special episode) Golden Prague Award for best Script.

Special Chapter 1974
‘El televisor'(The Television). 5 July.

Third Season 1982

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‘Freddy’. 6 September.
‘El caso del señor Valdemar’ (The case of Mr. Valdemar). 13 September.
‘El fin empezó ayer’ (The end began yesterday). 20 September.
‘El trapero’ (The Ragman). 4 October.

Many of the episodes are available to watch on the website of RTVE.

DOCUREALITIES

'Pure Adrenaline'

Toñejo Rodriguez, extreme motor sportsman, paraplegic and his assistant, Alyson Eckmann, travel the United States trying the different ways of wild and awesome driving.

‘Recording the World'

Chronicles the adventures of a TV crew in the process of shooting a documentary about endangered tribal music.

'Recording the World: Coocking with Julius'

The Adventures of Chef Julius Bienert along with the TV crew on a culinary journey through Asia that combines the magic of discovering world with the passion for adventure and pleasure of good food.

'Sky with Diamonds'

Is the initiatory journey of a musician in a slump, who is going through a personal and creative crisis, and embarks on the adventure of his life.

CONTESTS

'What´s for dinner?'

In this Cookery game show two teams, headed by a celebrity, compete to accumulate the right ingredients with which our Chef prepares an “unforgettable” dinner for them.

'Un, dos, tres... ¡Responda otra vez!'

This most successful programme and the most legendary game show in the history of Spanish television, which forms part of our collective memory.

'Waku, Waku'

Game show where four celebrity contestants must anticipate the surprising, unusual or funny behaviour of the most fascinating animals on the planet.

'Jimanji Kanana'

'Waku, Waku' returned to the small screen with the new title 'Jimanji Kanana'. It kept four celebrities competing for the grand cash prize that would help an animal rights association.

'Memory like an elephant'

This game show evaluates contestants’ memories through simple games that put their retentive visual, verbal and auditory memory to the test.

'El Semáforo'

It offered anonymous citizens the opportunity to perform their own show. The audience voted about the quality of the performance either with applause or by banging pots and pans together.

FICTION

'Stories to stay awake'

Fabled series of horror, thriller and science fiction stories that helped establish Narciso Ibañez Serrador’s reputation in television.

'The house that screamed'

The rigid discipline imposed at boarding school, at times close to sadistic, encourages a climate of distrust and tension that increases when some of the girls start mysteriously disappearing.

'The killer’s playground'

Tom and Evelyn, a couple of English tourists arrive at a Spanish coastal town for their honeymoon. Getting away from the hustle and bustle, the couple decide to rent a boat to visit a small peaceful island where Tom lived years before.

'Blame'

'La Culpa' tells a disturbing story, set in Spain in the 1970s, where a young nurse and her daughter move into a house in which they have company of a mysterious presence.

'Historia de la Frivolidad'

It is a special Programme produced by TVE in 1967 intended to participate in the most important international television festivals at the time.

DIVULGATION

'Hablemos de sexo'

From the hand of the then unknown Dr Elena Ochoa, this programme was a milestone in the history of Spanish television being the first programme daring to openly raise all matters relating to human sexuality.

'Luz Roja'

A journalistic and informative format presented by psychologist Elena Ochoa that examined the harshest problems plaguing our society.

VIDEOCLIPS

Rash 'Primavera en tus maletas'

The clip is produced by Prointel and co-starring the model, presenter and actress Adriana Abenia. Rash is the singer who stars in the pilot of the Prointel reality show 'Cielo con Diamantes' (Sky with Diamonds).

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