1 9 7 7 (UK)
8 x 50 minute episodes
British boatbuilder Alan Haldane (Jack Hedley) returns to the island of Crete where he played a roll in the resistance movement, fighting alongside the ‘Andartes’ after the Nazi’s occupied the island during WWII – which earned him the honorary name of “Leandros”.
He had also had an affair at the time with a fellow partisan called Melina Matakis.
30-years later, Jack finds he had unknowingly fathered a daughter with (the now deceased) Melina – who now also has a child of her own – and determines to stay on the island to assure their future as best he can.
Unfortunately, his daughter’s clan is headed up by Katerina Matakis (Patience Collier), a Greek dowager who intervenes to settle old scores.
This story is told over eight episodes. Several episodes only touch on the main plot, having stand-alone stories of their own (the Gareth Thomas episode is especially good), and throughout all of them, Haldane has an on-off love affair with local woman Annika Zeferis (Betty Arvaniti) who – it transpires – is Melina’s sister and unaware of the full history of Leandros.
Other performances of note are Stefan Gryff as the seemingly nonchalant police inspector who acts as a moral oracle arbitrating between Cretan traditions and his duties as a modern policeman, and Neil McCarthy as Haldane’s oldest friend, a lawyer named Babis Spiridakis.
The miniseries was a major success in the UK and watched by millions. The theme tune even made the Top Ten.
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