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  • Actors: Joanna Lumley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005RVF58E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Joanna Lumley embarks 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, to Mount Olympus to Corfu, Joanna's passion for travel and understanding of people makes for some of the best travel documentaries on British television.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Joanna Lumley seems to be getting a taste for travelogues and this series follows her trips to the Northern Lights (2009) and The Nile (2010). She seems to have a real aptitude for this sort of adventure and manages to strike just the right note with an informative commentary matched with respect for the local inhabitants whom she comes across without being patronising. She makes her delivery in quite a measured, but concise style so it does not jar in the way that some other celebrity commentators do when narrating this sort of project.

This time round Joanna is exploring Greece which is regarded as the cradle of our Western civilization. There is plenty of interest from the very ancient to the modern and many aspects of our culture can be traced back here, including medicine, astrology, much of science, and philosophy as well as the concept of democracy. She manages to visit the well known sights which feature on the tourist trail such as Delphi, the Acropolis and Mount Olympus - at the Parthenon we see Joanna perched precariously up high, which shows some dedication as she is known to suffer from vertigo and confessed she was terrified!

She also goes off the beaten track and we get fascinating insights into the lives of the some of the locals including a little old lady who is kind enough to invite her in for a plate of asparagus and a group of villagers whose near extinct local dialect comes very close to whistling. We find out about some unusual events. For example, in Corfu they are very keen on cricket which they play in a local car park and even more surprisingly the MCC have had regular matches with the local side, most recently in June this year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 96Eyes on 6 Oct. 2013
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As a Greek, I have to congratulate Joanna and the production team for an amazingly well done piece on Greece, its history and its people. In my 45 years of age, this is the best piece I've seen, not because of its historical value (undoubtedly there) or its photography. Not because of its diversity of places visited or stories unfolded. Joanna does an amazing job in depicting the Greek soul, how it evolved through the years, what shaped it in becoming what it is today. As a foreigner, she captures and depicts it better than the most seasoned Greek anthropologist could, via short profiles of Greeks from all walks of life, from urban old ladies living a self-exiled life, to contemporary master mixologists and game-changing mayors. I watched it in awe with tears in my eyes often giving way to my sense of pride for the history and hope for the future of my country. If you are interested in understanding Greece and its people, I recommend starting here. Joanna, thank you. I can't say anything simpler nor powerful enough for your work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2015
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Greece, has been in the news more often in the past few years because of their financial miseries and bankruptcy. That does not deter us however, from enjoying the richness of it's culture and history. It has given us democracy, drama, science, philosophy, medicine, and the Muses. In this series of four episodes, Joanna Lumley, the English actress, visits the Parthenon, Delphi, Mount Olympus, Crete, and other major sites. We are also privy to her visits off the major sites, where we are able to view the country from the voices and eyes of the people. Each episode is about 45 minutes,with beautiful photography.

We started at the Parthenon. It took 10 years to build the temple, and it is going through an extensive renovation as we are to see. Joanna was taken to the top of the Acropolis via construction steps and open ladders, she has vertigo, and this was difficult for her. However, we get to see the slow laborious work. Off to a small island, Evia,where people communicate via whistles. This was one of the most unusual occurrences. At the theatre of Epidaurus, Greek singing legend Nana Mouskouri, sang Ave Maria with the most wonderful acoustics in the deep open theatre.

Off to the island of Corfu and the eastern border that Greece shares with Turkey and Bulgaria, Joanna visits a military outpost, which she tells us took months to set up. The she retraces Lord Byron's journey by horseback through the western highlands, and hears a story from one of the last known survivors of a horrific slaughter of most of his people. Greece has more than 1,400 islands, and it seems each has its own tales to tell. Joanna visits Crete and learns of its role in the Resistance against the Nazis. The travel to Kos, was one if the most fascinating stops for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Etna Yeldep on 4 Jan. 2012
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The wonderful Joanna Lumley takes us on a voyage of discovery. She has an amazing way with the local people, who warm to her charm. Thoroughly enjoy watching this DVD over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donnie Darko on 17 May 2012
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Like her other documentaries Joanna Lumley has given us another glorious DVD, thoroughly enjoyable, always a pleasure to watch her.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2011
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I recorded all of this series (I was in Crete while it was on!) and loved every minute of it, particularly programmes one and three which featured places I had been and it brought back wonderful memories. In the first programme, she was in the Peloponnesos, the large peninsula (technically an island since the 1893 construction of the Corinth Canal), located in a region of southern Greece ending in the Mani, the southernmost and middle peninsula of the Peloponnese in its alomst deserted villages. She even visit Tabernas we had been to. This is a personal response obviously but, for anyone this would be a great introduction to Greece and with a wonderful companion.

In the other programmes, she travels extensively, showing off Greece to perfection with some surprising itineraries and meeting some fascinating people, some well off the beaten track. Some viewers may question some of the venue choices but that will always be the case. It is a great introduction to a wonderful country, making me hope even more strongly that they can deal effectively with the current financial crisis which will require a cultural shift.

Enjoyable series and the DVD will make it more accessible.
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