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The Greek Islands With Julia Bradbury

  • Episode:

    4 of 6

  • Transmission (TX):

    Fri 31 Jan 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 05 2020 : Sat 25 Jan - Fri 31 Jan

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 15 Jan 2020

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The Greek Islands With Julia Bradbury

Series overview

“The Greek Islands are held with great affection in the hearts of us Brits - every year, three million of us head there for our holidays, and it is easy to see why. I have a strong affinity with the islands, my mum is Greek, although she despairs that I still can’t speak the lingo. But I’ve only holidayed here, and never really explored beyond the tourist trail myself, until now. This is a voyage of discovery and I’m taking you with me.” - Julia Bradbury

This new six-part series for ITV features Julia Bradbury exploring the hidden side of the dazzling, sun-drenched Greek Islands.

The Greek Islands are loved by Brits - with three million flocking there every summer. Julia Bradbury has a special affinity with them as her mother is Greek, and that heritage has always been a big part of her life - yet despite enjoying her summer holidays on the islands she doesn’t know much about the real Greece. 

In this series she uncovers the hidden side of well-known islands like Corfu, Crete and Santorini as well as uncovering some lesser-known island gems like Symi, Thirassia and Skopelos, location for global smash Mamma Mia, island-hopping her way to her ultimate destination, Chios - the island of her heritage.

She goes off the well-trodden tourist track to discover secret beaches, exquisite coves and unspoilt countryside, immersing herself in the islands’ age-old traditions and sampling some of the best food and drink they have to offer to provide a vivid and surprising insight into some of our most popular holiday destinations.

Julia says: “I am going to see the hidden side, from the historical and rugged terrain of Crete to the glamour of a sunset in Santorini. But I’ll also be taking in the lesser known islands from the architectural splendour of Symi to the natural wonder of Skopelos, before ending my journey on the island where my family story first began.”

 This is a Twofour production for ITV

Episode 4 – The Sporades

This week, Julia’s journey reaches the Sporades. Known as the ‘Paradise Islands’, their lush pine forests and breathtaking coastlines are recognisable to millions as the backdrop of the movie Mamma Mia. On Skiathos, Julia boards a fishing boat in search of a secret world of hidden coves and deserted beaches, sampling the local delicacy of sea urchins, hand-dived from the island’s crystal clear waters. Heading inland, she visits the hillside monastery of Evangelistria, one of Greece’s most important religious sites, before island-hopping to neighbouring Skopelos to witness a taste of marriage, Greek style. After trying on the island’s traditional wedding dress, her trip ends at the tiny Chapel of St John, the setting for the final scene of Mamma Mia and one of the most spectacular locations in Greece.