Greece is where western civilisation began; drama, democracy, language, science, philosophy and medicine all originated from here. This country has given the world so much, leaving an enduring legacy on the fabric of our everyday life. In this four-part series, Joanna Lumley embarks on her own Greek Odyssey to explore Europe's most influential country, a land so rich in history, myth and romance. From the Greek islands to its far northern borders, from Mount Olympus to Corfu, Joanna's passion for travel and understanding of people makes for some of the best travel documentaries on television. Season 1 Episode 1 The Land of the Ancient Greeks Joanna Lumley explores the history of Greece, visiting some of the most significant sites of the ancient empire and meeting people who carry on the old traditions. She begins in Athens with a trip to the Parthenon, a temple to the goddess Athena built nearly 2,500 years ago. From there, Joanna travels around the southern part of the country, encountering modern Greeks still influenced by this ancient era - including marble cutters who continue to use the same tools as their ancestors Season 1 Episode 2 Greece's Borderlands In this episode Joanna explores the north of Greece, travelling from the western Ionian island of Corfu to where the country borders Bulgaria and Turkey in the east. Along the way she discovers British traditions being upheld in Corfu, retraces Lord Byron's journey through the western highlands and joins army recruits on a border outpost Season 1 Episode 3 The Islands Joanna explores the country's islands, beginning in Crete - where she spends time in the mountains with shepherds and learns how they played a key role in the fight against Nazi occupation. Joanna moves on to Cos, where she visits the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and then climbs an active volcano on Nisyros Season 1 Episode 4 Mount Olympus and Beyond Joanna Lumley begins the final leg of her journey by climbing Mount Olympus, where she meets athletes taking part in the challenge of a marathon on the slopes. Joanna then travels east to a festival where fortunes are read out to large crowds, but the revelations are often quite shocking and rude. She also explores a church built in just 40 days and discovers the otherworldly landscape of Meteora.
Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey