“Salón de té La Moderna”, RTVE’s new daily drama, starts shooting in August
- Featuring Miryam Gallego, José Luis García Pérez, Teresa Hurtado de Ory, Sara Rivero, Helena Ezquerro, Almagro San Miguel, Stéphanie Magnin, Berta Galo, Llorenç González, Berta Castañé, and Barbara Mestanza
- Based on Luisa Carnés’ novel “Tea Rooms”, the series tells the story of several employees at a distinguished tea room near Madrid’s Puerta del Sol in 1930.
- Shooting will take place on two sets that together cover more than 26,000 ft2 and on-location in Madrid’s historic district.
“Salón de té La Moderna” starts shooting on August 7th. The new daily drama for La 1's afternoon slot is co-produced by RTVE and Boomerang TV and is based on the novel “Tea Rooms”, by Luisa Carnés, a writer from the Generation of 27. Helena Ezquerro, Stéphanie Magnin, and Almagro San Miguel are the three protagonists of a series that also features Miryam Gallego, José Luis García-Pérez, Teresa Hurtado de Ory, Sara Rivero, and Berta Galo. Together with Llorenç González, Berta Castañé, and Barbara Mestanza, they will head an ensemble cast to bring these compelling characters to life, telling the story of the female employees and customers of a distinguished tea room near Madrid’s Puerta del Sol in 1930.
The series will be shot on-location in emblematic settings around Madrid’s historic district and on two sets covering over 26,000 ft2 that meticulously recreate the tea room, the impressive shopping arcade, and the protagonists' homes, located in an emblematic corrala (a typical multi-family dwelling with several small apartments facing a courtyard).
“Salón de té La Moderna” has a team of highly experienced creative and technical professionals who are ready to give a new impetus to the format with fresh, carefully staged, and technologically innovative daily dramas. Luis Santamaría and Humberto Miró are in charge of production, and the directors are Liliana Bocanegra, Isaac Cantero, Pedro Martínez, and David Montoya. The writing team, coordinated by Carlos Martín Eguía and Joaquín Santamaría, includes Miquel Peidró, Jose Antonio López (Kata), Remedios Crespo, Ignasi Rubio, Juan Manuel Beiro, Angela Armero, Neus Peidró, Sergio Barrejón, and Jose Angel Domínguez.
Introducing “Salón de té La Moderna”
Madrid, 1930. Matilde (Helena Ezquerro) is a young woman of humble origins who lives with her mother, Rosario (Miryam Gallego), and her three siblings. She goes to the La Moderna Tea Room, one of the most elegant cafés in Madrid, looking for work. Before entering the café, she runs into her former sweetheart, Iñigo (Almagro San Miguel), a young man Matilde has not seen in eight years—since her father's tragic death interrupted their fledgling romance. Iñigo is now a well-positioned young man as the right-hand man of Don Jaime (José Luís García Pérez), one of the city's most influential businessmen. The passion between the two youngsters is rekindled. But Don Jaime's wife, Carla (Stéphanie Magnin)—Iñigo's former girlfriend who still has her sights set on him—is not about to let them get back together.
The series is based on the 1934 novel “Tea Rooms—", one of the best-known novels by Luisa Carnés, one of the most influential writers of the so-called Generation of 1927. The author based the novel's plot on her own experiences working as a waitress in a pastry shop in Madrid. The novel is a chronicle that focuses on the real-life experiences of women of the time.
Set in 1930's Madrid, the story offers a portrait of an exciting period through the day-to-day lives of the female workers and customers at a tea room near Puerta del Sol. It is a time of new beginnings and major transformations with room for a good and glamorous life.
In the tea room where the story is set, we get a glimpse of life's paradoxes and contradictions—the opulent tea room and its elegant clientele contrast with the reality of life for its employees. "Salón de té La Moderna" is the story of a group of vivacious women who are determined to fight to change their fates and are fully capable of suffering, loving, laughing, and profoundly moving audiences.
One of the main strengths of the new series is how relevant its stories are to our present-day reality. The stories in RTVE's new drama reflect the society of the time with plotlines driven mainly by feelings.
Director of Film and Fiction, RTVE - José Pastor
Executive Producer, RTVE - Fernando López Puig
Executive Production, Boomerang TV Luis Santamaría and Humberto Miró
Directing - Liliana Bocanegra, Isaac Cantero, Pedro Martínez, and David Montoya
Screenplay — Carlos Martín Eguía, Joaquín Santamaría, Miquel Peidró, Jose Antonio López (Kata), Remedios Crespo, Ignasi Rubio, Juan Manuel Beiro, Angela Armero, Neus Peidró, Sergio Barrejón, and Jose Angel Domínguez
Production Supervisors – Tedy Villalba and Laura Jaraiz
Production Manager: Gabriel Nieto
Casting Director — Juan León
Art Director — Paco Redondo
Wardrobe Head — Marta Gómez (Margo)
Makeup and Hairdressing Head — Paula Sanabria
Director of Photography — Antonio González Méndez
HELENA EZQUERRO is Matilde
STÉPHANIE MAGNIN is Carla
ALMAGRO SAN MIGUEL is Iñigo
MIRYAM GALLEGO is Rosario
JOSE LUIS GARCÍA-PÉREZ is Don Jaime
TERESA HURTADO DE ORY is Antonia
SARA RIVERO is Teresa
BERTA GALO is Laurita
CARLOS LIBRADO is Cañete
XABIER MURUA is Elias
BARBARA MESTANZA is Trini
LLORENÇ GONZÁLEZ is Miguel
BERTA CASTAÑÉ is Luisa
RODRIGO SIMÓN is Pablo
LOREA CARBALLO is Marta
MARÍA JOSE PARRA is Esperanza
CARLES SANJAIME is Don Fermín
KINO GIL is Manuel
COSETTE SILGUERO is Clarita