Prime time TV brought forward – to 10.15pm

Spanish national broadcaster, RTVE, has announced it is bringing forward its prime time slot to 10.15pm, allowing Spaniards to get to bed earlier.

The president of Spain’s national public broadcaster has announced that, from March 2nd, it will be showing its prime time programmes earlier, starting no later than 10.15pm.  

Spain has one of the latest prime times in the world, in part due to the fact that Spaniards tend to eat dinner later and stay up later than their European counterparts. Spaniards also watch more television than any other European nation, spending an average of 10.1 hours a week in front of the box. 

The change will see RTVE’s prime time output finish 24 minutes later than its nearest competitor, José Antonio Sánchez, president of RTVE announced.

"I think they’re doing it to attract more viewers," Néstor Oubiña, told The Local, on the streets of Madrid. "On Spanish TV the programmes are low quality, I prefer to watch things on the internet," he added.

Oubiña (pictured) joins a growing number of Spaniards who would rather watch television online, choosing what time they watch a programme, than being confined to a set television schedule.

"Public television is really bad quality," Oubiña added, "it should be neutral, but rarely is."

Others welcome the earlier start time: "It’s great, normally there are so many adverts that there are 30 minute ad breaks and working people aren’t able to stay up so late," Raoul Martínez told The Local.

Marina, a primary school teacher in Madrid, told The Local she thought starting prime time earlier was "a good idea, the earlier the better. Maybe it will stop children falling asleep in class." 

RTVE also announced that programmes ending before midnight would carry a special logo. 

"The corporation is particularly sensitive to the healthy use of television, based on the streamlining of schedules, as well as the better balance of work and family life," RTVE’s president said.

Even with the new earlier schedule, Spain’s prime time is one of the latest in the world. In the USA, prime time is usually between 7pm and 10pm, while in the UK, prime time lasts between roughly 6.30 and 10.30pm.

German’s tend to watch their television slightly later; their prime time starts at 8.15.

Spain might be the only country with a second prime time – which coincides with the long Spanish lunch break – between 2.30pm and 5pm during which talk shows, news and soap operas are typically broadcast. 

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Girona chosen as ‘Game of Thrones’ new location

The worldwide hit television series is set to decamp to Spain yet again, with shooting for series six to take place in the Catalan city of Girona.

Girona chosen as 'Game of Thrones' new location
Screen grab: GameofThrones/YouTube.

While many associate hit US television series Game of Thrones with icy, snowy vistas, it has been confirmed that the programme will be once again shot under the warm Spanish sunshine. 

Spanish television channel Canal Plus has confirmed that the sixth series of the epic fantasy drama will be shot in the Catalan city of Girona, with local newspaper Diari de Girona reporting that producers have already booked 160 hotel rooms in the city to accommodate cast and crew.

While Girona was widely rumoured to be high on the list of filming locations for series six, the Spanish television channel made a surprise announcement that the picturesque town of Peñíscola would also star in the next series of Game of Thrones. 

The town is already drawing increasing interest from tourists thanks to a new Ryanair route between the former ghost airport of Castellón and London and Bristol in the UK and will no doubt draw in plenty of visitors now it is destined to star in Game of Thrones. 

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It is not the first time producers have opted to film in Spain; series five of Game of Thrones was partly shot in the south of the country, including in Seville’s Alcazar palace.

According to Catalan daily, La Vanguardia, producers are hoping to shoot in Girona’s famous cathedral as well as the city’s Jewish quarter, Call Jueu.

Production is tipped to take place in September or October 2015, after the crowds from the busy summer months have died down and is set to take around three weeks.

HBO was slow to confirm its shooting plans because of the fanfare surrounding the filming of series five of Game of Thrones in Seville. The set was besieged by fans after the television company announced that filming was taking place in the Andalusian city, something producers no doubt wanted  to avoid in Girona.

The news will be welcomed by Girona, which will likely see a boost in tourism as a result of being chosen as a location for the hit series. Tour companies began offering tours of its locations in Andalusia soon after filming wrapped in 2014.

Game of Thrones is by no means the first worldwide hit to be shot in Spain. It has been a favourite location of filmmakers for many years, with everything from Hollywood spaghetti westerns to Star Wars and Indiana Jones being shot in Spain.