Xavier Sardà / Jordi González / Antxon Urrusolo




Toni Cruz / Josep M. Mainat / Joan Ramon Mainat

Moros y Cristianos

The big debates about current affairs, the best debating personalities, public participation and the opinions of people live on the set were the ingredients of the successful programme Moros y cristianos which was broadcast on Saturday nights on Telecinco for three seasons.

Each week a controversial, burning issue was posed, which generated a real debate between the invited polemicists. Some were seated throughout and others appeared on the programme according to their connection with the topic under debate, in a way that two sides were formed: those in favour and those against the question being debated.

Xavier Sardà, Jordi González, and in the last series, Antxon Urrusolo, were the directors (along with Joan Ramon Mainat) and chairs of these polemical debates on Moros y cristianos in the three stages of the programme.

The topic varied each week according to what was in the news, covering questions about politics, justice, faith healing, sex or social equality, to mention just a few. Polemicists such as Father Apeles, Javier Nart, Santiago Segura, Ramoncín, Carmen Rigalt, Juan Adriansens, Aramís Fuster, Dr. Cabeza formed part of the group of debaters on many of the programmes. Another regular collaborator in the first stage with Xavier Sardà was Mariano Mariano, who gave the programme a touch of détente and good humour from the auditorium.

The topic was not only debated on stage, however. There were also contributions from witnesses from amongst the audience, always hundreds of people, who gave their opinion or explained their experience from a pulpit. Moreover, telephone lines and the Internet were opened to find out the viewers’ opinions about the topic. The public on the set could also give their opinions, a microphone being available. Each week one or more question was posed, such as “Are Spanish men chauvinists?”, “Clairvoyants, do they see or not?”, “Is being a politician a cushy number?” “Fashion, art or a load of bull?”, or “Do we treat animals well?”.

The topics were, therefore, very varied and, apart from the debate on the set, phone lines were opened to collate the viewers’ opinions. The partial results were given throughout the programme which sometimes changed according to how the debate was developing. At the end, all the calls made during the programme, which sometimes lasted four hours, were added up, and the percentage vote for each argument was given. A percentage study was even made by autonomous region, which were often opposed to the general opinion of other parts of Spain.


Show Channel Season Share Average share
Moros y Cristianos Telecinco 1997 2.325.000 23,70 %
Gala 24 horas Moros y Cristianos Telecinco 6/12/1997-7/12/1997 1.214.000 19,10 %
Moros y Cristianos Telecinco 1998 1.817.000 18,30 %
Moros y Cristianos Telecinco 2001 2.115.000 19,10 %

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