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flux capacitor grows in collaborators and sections in its return to the screens of La 2 for a third season. The journalist Raquel Martos repeats as presenter at the head of the team of historians and specialists, and explains by phone to EL PAÍS that there will be “more movement on the set, more dynamism” and games with elements that allow “touching history”. The key to explaining the success of this dissemination format—the program was broadcast for the first time in January 2021—is, according to Martos, that it consists of a fresh vision of history from humor and passion, but without losing rigor. .

To this end, the program has detailed scripts —”scriptwriters exist, they are not an urban legend,” jokes Martos— and very controlled informative content, since the creators aspire for it to be taught in high schools as well. “Excluding Goyo Jiménez, who is an animal of television and humor, Miguel Iríbar and me, who come from the media, the rest of the collaborators come from the academic world. They were fish out of water when they did the first season. We break with that very erroneous idea that disclosure has to be boring, that you have to look at those below from a pedestal to teach them something ”, explains the presenter, who believes that the condenser is part of a didactic coherence of public television led by La 2 de TVE, in which they are neighbors, among others, of the science dissemination program Laika orbit.

Promotional poster for the historical dissemination program 'El condensador de fluzo'.
Promotional poster for the historical dissemination program ‘El condensador de fluzo’.

A good example of this balance between entertainment and knowledge was the speech by chef Gonzalo D’ambrosio last Thursday in the second program of the season. On the same set, he inaugurated a historical cooking section and prepared medieval dishes while explaining how it was eaten then and what was the origin of those recipes. Also the name of the program —a production by Lacoproductora (from Grupo PRISA, publisher of EL PAÍS)— encapsulates that idea of ​​fun. It is a reference to the cult comedy Return to the futurein which the characters use this device – which actually should have been translated as “flux capacitor”, but which the writers of the saga decided to change to avoid a possible sexual connotation – to travel through time.

However, Martos is aware that this classic television format has to face the diversification of quality historical disclosure content in other media such as social networks, which have shown that there is another way to approach younger people. “It’s a challenge, but I think flux capacitor It moves very well between those two waters. On the one hand, there is the conventional format, the one that the family can watch on the sofa. And at the same time, there is that second life that he has on the internet, for example on Twitter. For me it was very surprising to see that when the program ended, each one of the collaborators kept adding information about what he had explained in the program. And then there are a lot of historians and fans who publish their threads. It is what Javier Traité [uno de los colaboradores] baptized as reflux”, he recounts.

Goyo Jiménez, Sara Rubayo, Raquel Martos and Miguel Iríbar on the set of the program.
Goyo Jiménez, Sara Rubayo, Raquel Martos and Miguel Iríbar on the set of the program.louisma reyes

The journalist attributes the good reception by the fluceros —the viewers of the program— to the fact that it is a very choral space: “I always tell the collaborators that they are very different, like characters in a sitcom in which each of them interprets a character profile. It’s just that they’re really like that. And each one brings something different. He also admits that he feels “at home”: “It is the program in which I have felt most comfortable on TV so far. We laugh a lot together. Even though we work long hours, we have such a good time, that the good vibes they tell us are broadcast actually happen.”

Martos recalls a couple of moments this season in which he could not continue presenting because he could not stop laughing: “I have a weakness for Javier Traité. When he enters the set, he makes my life happy and sometimes it’s hard for me not to laugh with him because he’s so funny and has a few looks… Those rehearsal moments are magical. When he appeared on Thursday dressed as a medieval cook, he could hardly begin to speak ”. In another season two episode, the host was so into the story of Lucy, the australopithecus, who couldn’t help but scream with excitement when she saw the wardrobe manager walk by with a coat with a lot of hair. “She was so excited about what they were telling me, that out of the corner of my eye I saw hair and thought that she herself Lucy I was going through history!” he exclaims.

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Mark NT
Mark NT
Mark NT was born and raised in the India. He worked at a literary development company as a publisher. He is a creative website writer for teens and a good book reviewer.

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