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'Pepa y Pepe', the series that made Verónica Forqué a television star long before 'MasterChef Celebrity'

Although her most recent passage on television has been her much commented participation as a contestant in MasterChef Celebrity 6 , the work as an actress of Verónica Forqué, found dead this Monday in her Madrid house at the age of 66, he shone as much on the small screen as he did in the cinema.

His great triumph there came in the nineties, with the series Pepa and Pepe (1995) from Televisión Española. Forqué had just won his fourth Goya award when he played on television the matriarch of a particular working-class family in this comedy in which he shared the limelight with Tito Valverde (The curator) and Isabel Ordaz (No one lives here) and who witnessed the consecration of some young women María Adánez and Silvia Abascal. His was a caustic humor, in contrast to the comedies of the time, such as Farmacia de Guardia, Family Doctor and Who gives the time .

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The production, Very much in the style of the American Roseanne , she had her then husband Manuel Iborra as director of many of the chapters. He was the one who conceived the project, which it inherited from its American referent until its duration. It was only 25 minutes per episode, something unusual in Spanish television productions at the time. What they did ignore in her were the canned laughter. Probably, for the viewer to decide when to laugh and when to cry in endearing scripts more focused on the misfortunes than on the joys of its protagonists. “Honestly, we did not expect such a large audience because we thought it was not a regular sitcom, but rather bittersweet, ironic, tender, sometimes with a bit pathetic moments,” confessed its main interpreter a few weeks after its premiere.

Despite the inspirations, Pepa and Pepe had a marked local identity, as the melody of Suspiros de España progressed in your header. La Pepa de Forqué, even being eccentric, had a lot of the mothers of the viewers. It lasted just two seasons and 34 episodes on air, but it was a huge popularity blow for the actress. Some of its broadcasts reached audiences that exceeded seven million viewers and 40% screen share. Those are unthinkable numbers even for the successful celebrity culinary contest he had just entered before his death. In fact, fiction said goodbye being the leader in its time slot, ending with an open ending. Forqué considered that it was the opportune moment to retire. “It is not convenient to tire the audience,” he said then.