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Greek Island Odyssey

Greek Island Odyssey

  • Premiered: 
    June 12, 2020
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  • Network: Ch5
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY is a six-part docuseries that follows historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, as she explores the Greek islands -- from the time of the Ancients right up to the present day. Hughes is ready to set off on her 1,700-mile voyage, tracing Odysseus's winding path home in Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey." Her mission is to better understand history and myth by living the experiences of the past. She has left the Turkish coast, where the Trojan War took place, to sail the hostile waters of the Aegean Sea, zigzagging to the Greek islands of Fourni, Chios, Lesbos, and Samos. Along the way, she'll battle storms, check out a 1,500-year-old shipwreck, and explore the rich cultures, traditions, and histories of the islands, enjoying great food, drink, and company along the way. Then, she visits one of the most sacred places in history: Delos, drinks (and helps make) ancient wine on the enchanted island of Ikaria, and battles through the most violent sea storm she's ever encountered en route to Mykonos. GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY had its U.S. premiere on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

Other Titles

  • Originally aired in the UK with the title: A Greek Odyssey with Bettany Hughes

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by SandStone Global Productions


  • - Greece