Spotlight On: The Cathedral of the Sea, Atresmedia‘s Most Ambitious Project

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by Sofía Vanoli the 11/09/2017
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The Spanish adaptation of the successful book by Ildefonso Falcones is quickly becoming the most anticipated series of the season. With top notch production, a major Netflix deal in place and a stellar cast, the show has been described as Atresmedia's most ambitious project to date. 

The Cathedral of the Sea has no premiere date set yet on Spain's Antena 3, but even so, the show is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated productions of the season… and it promises not to disappoint. A promise that's easy to believe given the show has the right credentials to back it up.

Produced by Atresmedia Television, with Diagonal TV and Television de Catalunya the series is an adaptation of the successful book by Ildefonso Falcones, which has been published in over forty countries and translated into more than 15 languages.



The Cathedral of the Sea is set in the XIV century in Barcelona, one of its most prosperous times: the city has grown onto the Ribera, a humble fisherman's town where the biggest Marian temple ever built is being created: Santa María del Mar.
Construction happens during Arnau Estanyol's lifetime, a servant of the land who runs away from his boss' abuse with his father and finds shelter in Barcelona as a free man.

Arnau will work as a palfrey, bastaix and soldier. However, a fast-paced social upheaval will take him from misery to an easy life as a money changer, something that will arouse the misgivings of his enemies, who will plot a plot and put his life in the hands of the Inquisition.

Revenge, love and betrayal mix together in a fascinating story, set in Medieval Barcelona, where religious intolerance and social segregation spread across the land.



"It's the most ambitious series we are working on now and we believe it will not let anyone down," Sonia Martinez, director of Fiction at Atresmedia, said during the series' presentation last month. "After developing The Time in Between, we wanted to have series that would recreate our country's biggest editorial masterpieces," she added.

And the show is a big masterpiece itself. Directed by award-winning director, Jordi Frades, and shot in over 50 different settings, almost 80% of its scenes were shot on-location; and they involved a stellar cast comprised of Daniel Grao, Aitor Luna, Pablo Derqui, Michelle Jenner, Ginés García Millán, Andrea Duro, Silvia Abascal and José María Pou among over 150 actors who make up the full cast.



In addition, the show was also acquired by Netflix as the first international window when it was still in its very early stages. It is a bit of an unprecedented deal for a Spanish fiction that will take it to 190 countries and more than 81 million subscribers worldwide.

As stated, the show hasn't set a premiere date, but it's expected to hit screens by the beginning of 2018.  Click here for the full trailer.

  • Sofía Vanoli

    Passionate about TV shows since my father sat me in front of a screen to watch Star Trek: Enterprise, I write news and reviews. Communications graduate, english lover. Sometimes my imagination runs away with me.

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