• Spain's news in English

Pamplona sees red over 'Strictly Come Running'

Fiona Govan · 23 Apr 2015, 15:38

Published: 23 Apr 2015 15:38 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Spain’s state television channel has had to shelve plans to stage a reality show which would have seen celebrities pitted against each other as they ran through the streets of Pamplona being chased by a pack of half-tonne fighting bulls.

News of the proposed series so enraged the Pamplona Peñas – the bullfighting supporters clubs – as well as the authorities in the Navarran capital that the idea has been quietly dropped.

Enrique Maya, the mayor of Pamplona, had rejected the idea out of hand claiming it would "damage" the image of the world famous fiesta.

"I am completely opposed to such a programme, and if it goes ahead it will be with zero co-operation from the City Hall," he said, according to a report in the regional newspaper, Diario de Navarra.

He said that city hall was "working hard to improve the image of the encierro, to give it more artistic and cultural value" and that a reality show was "not the best way" of doing so.

Referring to Spanish reality show staple Kiko Rivera, the mayor said: "I do not even want to imagine what it would be like to have characters such as Paquirrín in such a show about the running of the bulls."

"Turning SanFermines into something like Big Brother would be terrible," Maya told FormulaTV.com 

Francisco José Rivera Pantoja, aka Kiko Rivera, but commonly refered to as Paquirrín was one of the celebrities tentatively mooted to take part.

But on Wednesday, following the furore, RTVE announced that it had shelved plans for the reality show.

John Hemingway, the grandson of the author who propelled the San Fermin fiesta to worldwide fame after writing it about it in his 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, is a regular at the July fiesta.

He too felt that a reality show was unlikely to capture the true spirit of the fiesta.

Story continues below…

"I think that anyone has the right to film the encierro," he told The Local.  "But I do hope that those who are running in it take it seriously because people have been killed running with the bulls."

Alexander Fiske-Harrison, co-author  and editor of "Fiesta: How to survive the Bulls of Pamplona" dismissed the plans as "laughable".

"I am actually in favour of anything that will increase awareness of how to run with the bulls but this wasn't a sensible proposal," he told The Local.

"Imagine trying to film a B-list celebrity running with the bulls in all the madness of the fiesta. It's laughable." 

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Fiona Govan (fiona.govan@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Southern Spain will become a desert with global warming
Photo: Steven Stralton / Flickr

Southern Spain will become a desert if global warning continues, scientists have warned.

Eight Spanish films to truely terrify you this Halloween
Photo: Corie Howell / Flickr Creative Commons.

Looking for something to give you goosebumps this Halloween? The Local looks at eight Spanish films that are sure to have you cowering beneath the covers.

Spain's Socialists refuse to go easy on Rajoy once in power
Photo: AFP

Spain's Socialists may have reluctantly decided to let Mariano Rajoy govern again but they will not go easy on the acting conservative premier once he re-takes power, they warned on Thursday.

Spain's Podemos sees golden opportunity in Socialist woes
Pablo Iglesias is ready to step up in opposition. Photo: AFP

As Spain's conservatives prepare to re-take power after 10 months of political limbo, anti-austerity party Podemos has set its sights on replacing the divided Socialists as the main opposition force.

Wildlife ranger accused over decapitated bison in Valencia
The headless corpse of Sauro was found last month. Photo: Carlos Alamo / Reserva de Valdeserrillas

The case of the beheaded bison at a wildlife reserve in Valencia just got a whole lot weirder.

Spain jobless drops below 20% for first time in six years
The unemployed queuing up outside a Madrid job centre. Photo: AFP

Spain's unemployment fell below 20 percent for the first time in six years, official figures showed on Thursday.

'Saints not ghouls' insists Spanish church for Halloween
Suggested outfits from the Bishopric of Cadiz and Ceuta. Photo: Shower of Roses

Spanish bishops are urging good Christian children to forgo zombie, ghost and devil outfits and instead dress up as "saints, virgins and apostles".

Tough road ahead, Spain PM warns before return to power
Rajoy will try and form a government this week. Photo: AFP

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Wednesday of a tough road ahead as he prepares to take power again at the head of a minority government with little support.

Russia withdraws request to refuel warships in Ceuta
The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was due to dock in Ceuta

Russia has withdrawn a request for its aircraft carrier group to be refuelled at the Spanish port of Ceuta, authorities confirmed.

Bulls replace guard dogs at scrap yard in Valencia
Two bulls will be patrolling the scrap yard in eastern Spain. Archive photo: AFP

Guard dogs were not proving enough of a deterrent to thieves at a car breakers yard in eastern Spain so the owner has brought in a pair of fighting bulls.

Analysis & Opinion
Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Spanish 'La Mafia' restaurants banned after Italian complaint
Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Hunt launched for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
jobs available