The reason why Xavier Sardá had a bodyguard during 'Martian Chronicles'

‘Martian Chronicles’ It was a true television revolution. For almost eight years Xavier Sardá directed and presented this controversial ‘late show’ with great social and media repercussion. However, in the last program of ‘Out of the map’, the journalist told Alberto Chicote that not everything was so good at that stage. The cook asked Sardá why he hired a bodyguard during that time. “I was almost 6 years with bodyguards. Naturally, it was out of fear. They followed me, I had communications in the mailbox …“replied the Catalan.

He even revealed that at that time they referred to him as Kevin: “By Kevin Costner, protagonist of The Bodyguard.” This topic of conversation caused some disbelief in Alberto Chicote, who did not fully understand how he could go to that extreme by presenting a television program. Sardá, for his part, tried to explain to the cook why he made that decision: “The night is disturbing. Of all the time slots there are for making television, the early morning is a time when the vast majority of people who he sees you is fantastic, but there may also be disturbing people. That is the time they are seeing you“.

Xavier Sardá and Alberto Chicote in ‘Off the map’. (Atresmedia)

Fortunately, that stage is over for the journalist. Looking at the camera, Sardá He sent his best wishes to all those people who in the past came to pose a danger to their safety. “It is over and I hope they have found inner peace, a good job, and have a lot of luck in life,” said the Catalan, to which Chicote added: “And what have they forgotten about all that, right?” .

An avant-garde program

‘Crónicas marcianas’ was a groundbreaking format. To date, it is the longest running and most watched midnight program in the history of Spanish television. Despite the criticism it received (it was cataloged as trash TV), it won an Ondas award and two from the Television Academy. That is why Chicote praised Sardá’s work in this program: “You have been a specialist in walking through rugged terrain”said the presenter of ‘Off the map’.

Alberto Chicote also recalled how he experienced the great repercussion that ‘Crónicas marcianas’ had: “I remember that when I arrived in the kitchen in the morning, the only topic of conversation was what had happened the night before in your program.” The audiences for the show were truly brutal, which encouraged them to continue in the same vein. “There were days that I didn’t even know what he was doing. People would tell me the next day, “the Catalan revealed with a laugh.

The presenter of ‘Off the map’ also took the opportunity to ask Sardá if television, in his opinion, has changed as much as it seems. The journalist was forceful with his answer: “TV has changed, I maintain that it is like a household appliance. Nowadays you can watch whatever you want on television. Everyone can see what they like. That didn’t happen before. ”

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