It’s almost 4 months into this global pandemic, and we’re running out of quality content to watch. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably rewatched [Insert Prestige Drama of Your Choice] three and a half times by now. Obviously, you need a new show to enjoy. Enter Arde Madrid: Burn Madrid Burn. It’s exactly the sort of juicy story you need to get your mind off the problems of a world riddled by a pandemic.
Arde Madrid is a new limited series from MHz Choice, a streaming service devoted to showcasing the best international television. The plot is the fast-paced tale of two spies who work for Franco’s Secret Service in 1960s Spain. Tasked with posing as a married maid and chauffeur in order to keep tabs on a collection of hedonistic artists, these servants/super spies must uncover dirt on some of the biggest swingers of The Swinging 60s, including Miss Ava Gardner herself, as portrayed by the criminally underrated Debi Mazar.
This high concept drama comes from the minds of Paco Leon and Anna R. Costa. Told in a mix of English and Spanish, the series is as stylish as it is exciting. In the vein of other international period thrillers like Germany’s Babylon Berlin, Arde Madrid is full of plot twists, but it’s also aesthetically beautiful. Black and white cinematography adds to the show’s atmospheric, retro vibe. A cast of sexy Spanish actors, helmed by the charismatic Inma Cuesta, adds yet more beauty. It’s exactly the sort of high-brow European TV that makes you feel better about being a couch potato.
In short, if you have the money for an MHz subscription, Arde Madrid is the perfect thriller to settle down and watch. Alas, social distancing isn’t ending soon, so let’s all be grateful for this gem of a show!