The fiction, which broadcasts La 1 de TVE all desktop, competed in this category with 'Mercado Centra'l and 'Amar es para siempre'
Madrid, October 8, 2020
‘To serve and protect’ is, according to the screenwriters’ union ALMA, the Best Daily Series in our country. The fiction produced by Plano a Plano for TVE was awarded this morning with the ALMA Award in that category in which it competed with the series ‘Amar es para siempre’ and ‘Mercado Central’.
Roberto Goñi, who is currently the script coordinator of the series, received the award from Boris Izaguirre and Ángeles González-Sinde, thanking TVE and Plano a Plano “for bravely betting on such a special genre as the police soap opera and, of course, from the event writers of our country’s televisions, who help so much with the plots”.
With this award, the scriptwriters’ union wanted to reward the work of the team made up of Tirso Calero, Dionisio Pérez, Roberto Goñi, Fran Carballal, Carmen Fernández, Sergio Barrejón, Remedios Crespo, Laura Molpeceres, Susana Sánchez, Silvia Arribas, Ignasi García, José Luis Latasa, Joana M. Ortueta and María Alarcón carry out to bring us, every afternoon, the human stories and cases that the members of a police station in Madrid face.
In this regard, Goñi took advantage of his appearance at the press conference following the event to highlight the close collaboration with this state security body. “We have an advisor from the National Police itself who advises us on the plots and procedures and, moreover, I know that the Corps’ opinion on the series is very positive,” he said.
Servir y Proteger has César Benítez, Emilio A. Pina and Mar Díaz (TVE) in the executive production and is starred by a large cast headed by Luisa Martín, Juanjo Artero, Eduardo Velasco and Fernando Guillén-Cuervo.
The production, which has been broadcast on the public channel since April 2017 without interruption, has surpassed the barrier of 800 episodes of broadcast, a challenge for the team: “All writers should go through a daily series sometime in their lives, it is a huge challenge to continue pulling out episodes, continue to create plots day after day, overcome limitations … is something that can only be solved with patience and support all of us,” said Goñi.
As it could not be otherwise, the COVID pandemic also had a significant presence in the speeches and responses to the media by the winners. For the current Servir y Proteger script coordinator, the limitations “are greater in production than in script development, since they have to be subjected to PCR, keep their safety distances, etc., while we are less affected, although you have to think about everything three or four times more… especially the scenes with kisses,” he concludes.
Servir y Proteger also has the backing of the audience with an average share of 9.7 percent and is the channel’s most popular evening program. Its latest broadcasts have resulted in more than one million viewers and 10.1 percent share. Generally, it is the most watched title of TVE in deferred online (seen in the same day of the broadcast).