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31 Minutos (Spanish: 31 Minutes) is a Chilean television programme which takes the form of a mock news broadcast, and is fronted by puppets who present various items. The programme was devised by Álvaro Díaz and Pedro Peirano of producers APLAPLAC, and was first shown in March 2003 on the TVN channel.

31 Minutos has achieved considerable success on Chilean television, captivating adult viewers as much as children. This is reflected in the range and quantity of commercial products spawned by the programme, including a CD of music from its first series. In 2004, Nickelodeon started showing the first season to all Latin America, and a second CD was released with music from the second one.

Part of the success of the programme with the adult public is due to its use of double entendres. The puppets are ironic imitations of famous television personalities and there are many references to incidents or television events which characterised Chile in the 1980s.

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