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Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

Joanna Lumley sets out to explore one of the most diverse and surprising countries in Europe, where much of western civilization began. On her odyssey, Joanna encounters both the ancient and modern aspects of Greece, touching on how the origins of drama, democracy, science, philosophy and medicine can be found here, and how they have left an enduring legacy on the fabric of our everyday life.

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  • Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey -Episode 4 - Mount Olympus an
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    May 25, 2012

    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. She also explores a church built in just 40 days and discovers the otherworldly landscape of Meteora.

  • Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey - Episode 3 - The Islands
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    May 18, 2012

    Joanna Lumley 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.

  • Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyss - Episode 2
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    May 11, 2012

    Joanna Lumley 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.

  • Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey - Episode 1
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    May 4, 2012

    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