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The Greek Islands With Julia Bradbury

  • Episode:

    6 of 6

  • Transmission (TX):

    Fri 14 Feb 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 07 2020 : Sat 08 Feb - Fri 14 Feb

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 29 Jan 2020

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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 6 - Chios

In the final episode of her Greek odyssey Julia reaches her ultimate destination - the island of Chios - where her family’s story began.

This week she’s joined by her mother Chrissi and together they explore the home of their ancestors.

In search of the fascinating history of mastica, a natural resin only found on Chios, they visit a farm to find out how this mystical and miraculous tree sap has been harvested for thousands of years.

In the perfectly preserved medieval fortified village of Mesta, one of the architectural wonders of Chios, they have a masterclass in traditional dance. 

After following in the footsteps of legendary Greek poet Homer, who is reputed to have been born on the island, their trip comes to an emotional end when they track down the house where Julia’s great-grandparents lived.