Top critical review
Nostalgia, not what it used to be!
on 16 December 2010
I have only given this series 3 stars because it looks very dated.
Who ever coined nostalgia, ain't what it used to be could have been talking about this series.
The production values and sets are appalling, it looks to me as though the cast and crew must have filmed all the location shots in a couple of days judging by Betty Arvanti and Jack Hedleys wardrobe malfunctions.
The sets are on a par with those of Crossroad (which will mean nothing to our foreign readers) with the actors shadows being cast over supposedly distant hillsides and shakey set etc.
Having said that they we are all probably spoilt by CGI graphics nowadays.
The story is not bad with slices of recent Cretan history interspersing the story line of lost love and vendettas but the acting is a bit hammy with Betty Arvanti often stumbling over her lines and I'm not sure that she's not reading them off of a crib board. As for Jack Hedley, well he only ever played Jack Hedley so he puts in his usual wooden performance.I won't say anything but Patience Colliers last scenes in the final episode are hilarious she appears to have swallowed an oversized Polo mint!
Great for it's nostalgia and for those that yearn for a lost time in Crete.
Worth a view if but only for nostalgia.