Los pazos de Ulloa
GenreHistorical drama
Based onThe House of Ulloa and La madre naturaleza [es]
by Emilia Pardo Bazán
Screenplay by
Directed byGonzalo Suárez
ComposerJuan José García Caffi [es]
Country of originSpain, Italy
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
ProducerAndrés Vicente Gómez
CinematographyCarlos Suárez
EditorEduardo Biurrun
Running time240 min.
Production companies
Budget250 million
Original release
NetworkLa Primera
Release9 December (1985-12-09) –
30 December 1985 (1985-12-30)

Los pazos de Ulloa is a Spanish–Italian prime-time television series based on the 1886 novel of the same name and its 1887 sequel La madre naturaleza [es] by Emilia Pardo Bazán. Produced by Midega Film and Cía. Iberoamericana de T.V. for Televisión Española (TVE) and Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI), it was directed by Gonzalo Suárez, with screenplay by himself, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón and Carmen Rico Godoy. Its four episodes adapting the novels were broadcast on La Primera of Televisión Española in 1985.


Galicia, 1880. Don Julián, a priest who has been sent as administrator of the Marquis' estate, arrives at the Pazos de Ulloa, a remote and wild place. Don Pedro, Marquis of Ulloa, an impoverished and corrupt feudal lord, is impeded from marrying Nucha, a young lady from the city, his cousin, for whom the hostile and cruel environment of the pazos will constitute a hellish nightmare. Sabel, with whom the Marquis has had a bastard son, is the opposite figure to the fragile Nucha.


The series was directed by Gonzalo Suárez, with screenplay by himself, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón and Carmen Rico Godoy.[1] The exteriors were filmed on location in Santiago de Compostela, El Espinar, Gondomar, Puenteareas, and Tuy for five months. The interiors were filmed at the Luis Buñuel studios in Madrid, where 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) of sets were built. It was produced with a budget of 250 million pesetas (€1.5 million).[2]




Main article: Valladolid International Film Festival

Los pazos de Ulloa was chosen television series of the year by the Valladolid International Film Festival in 1986. The four episodes were screened in their film version during the thirty-first edition of the festival.[3]

Banff World Television Festival

Main article: Banff World Television Festival

TVE presented Los pazos de Ulloa at the 1986 Banff World Television Festival, where it received a special prize from the jury.[3]

TP de Oro

Main article: TP de Oro

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
1985 Best Spanish Series Won [4]
Best Actor Fernando Rey 2nd Place
José Luis Gómez 3rd place
Best Actress Charo López Won
Victoria Abril 2nd Place

Fotogramas de Plata

Main article: Fotogramas de Plata

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
1985 Best Television Performer José Luis Gómez Nominated [5]
Victoria Abril Nominated


  1. ^ ""Los pazos de Ulloa", una reflexión sobre el mundo de Emilia Pardo Bazán". El País (in Spanish). 9 December 1985.
  2. ^ "Cuando se rodó la serie 'Los Pazos de Ulloa' en las calles del casco histórico de la capital gallega". El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 17 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "'Los pazos de Ulloa', chosen series of the year by the Valladolid Film Festival". El País (in Spanish). 11 June 1986.
  4. ^ "Premios TP de Oro 1985". Teleprograma (in Spanish). No. 1045. 14 April 1986.
  5. ^ "Fotogramas de Plata 1985" (PDF). Fotogramas (in Spanish). February 1986.