Aerial Greece

4 x 51 minute 4K UHD documentary series

US Version with Eric Meyers Narrating

UK Version with Bessie Carter Narrating

The cradle of civilisation captured from on high. Over four episodes “Aerial Greece” explores Greece’s vibrant culture and human stories, while uncovering the ancient splendour of the land that birthed western democracy.

First Transmission Dates:

Smithsonian Channel Premiere Airdates in the USA:

  • Aerial Greece: The Great Archipelago Sunday, 7th March 2021
  • Aerial Greece: The South Sunday, 14th March 2021
  • Aerial Greece: Crete & the Eastern Islands Sunday, 21st March 2021
  • Aerial Greece: The North Sunday, 28th March 2021

Narrator: Eric Meyers

Smithsonian Channel Premiere Airdates in the UK & Ireland:

  • Aerial Greece: The Great Archipelago Tuesday, 16th March 2021
  • Aerial Greece: The South Tuesday, 23rd March 2021
  • Aerial Greece: Crete & the Eastern Islands Tuesday, 30th March 2021
  • Aerial Greece: The North Tuesday, 6th April 2021

Narrator: Bessie Carter


  • Executive Producer – Stephen Rooke
  • Executive Producers – Smithsonian Channel – David Royle & Charles Poe
  • Series Producer – Stephen Rooke
  • Producer – Suzanne Colwell
  • Director – Stephen Rooke
  • Writers – David Ryan & Niall Murphy
  • Narrators – Eric Meyers & Bessie Carter
  • Editors – Jim Dalton, Dáithí Connaughton & Aaron McGurgan
  • Music Composers – Giles Packham & Sarah Lynch
  • Directors of Photography & Drone Camera Operators – Colm Hogan & Roman Bugovskiy
  • Drone Pilot – Alex Wulf
  • Production Manager – Charlie Smith
  • Location Managers – Argiro Delizona & Maria Powell
  • Production Assistants – Michelle Mc Camley, Meg Elwood & Megan Murphy
  • Senior Researcher – David Ryan
  • Researchers – Charlie Smith, Tracy Tough, Niamh Kennedy & Michelle Mc Camley
  • Post Production Supervisor – Ciara Walsh
  • Media Manager – Darragh O’Keeffe
  • Colorist – Eugene McCrystal
  • Online Editor – Rory Gavin
  • Title Sequence Animation / VFX – Eric Dolan
  • Dubbing Mixer – Killian Fitzgerald
  • Production Accountant – Pat Buckley
RELEASE DATE: 7th March 2021


GENRES: Travel / Culture / History
SERIES FORMAT: 4 x 51 minute
PICTURE FORMAT: 4K UHD/ 16:9 / 25 fps
SOUND FORMAT: 5.1 Surround Sound


  • Smithsonian Channel, USA
  • Section 481 – Ireland’s Film Corporation Tax Credit

EP.1 Aerial Greece: The Great Archipelago

The Cyclades Islands of Greece known as the Great Archipelago, are a ring of over 200 islands filled with extraordinary history and ancient myth. Each island has its own unique story, from the tourist hotspots of Mykonos and Santoríni, to the hidden grandeur of Náxos and Amorgós. This first episode of “Aerial Greece” explores the stories of nine of these magnificent and enthralling islands. 

EP.2 Aerial Greece: The South

Southern Greece, the home of an ancient civilisation that influenced everything from the languages of Europe to philosophy, politics, art, architecture and even sport. This is a land of Spartan warriors, mythical legends and great gods, where the ancient and modern are interwoven like nowhere else.  This second episode of “Aerial Greece” explores the birthplace of the Western World as we know it today.

 EP.3 Aerial Greece: Crete & The Eastern Islands

At the southern and eastern fringes of the Aegean Sea lie some of Greece’s largest islands. These places seem remote today, but once they stood at the centre of human innovation. Crete, Samos, Chios, Rhodes and the Dodecanese, many of the values of Greek and western civilization were first born and nurtured here. This third episode of “Aerial Greece” explores the distinct culture and unique stories of these islands.

EP.4 Aerial Greece: The North

Bounded by the rugged fastness of the Pindus Mountains and the blue expanse of the Aegean, this is a land of mystery. A place where cities rise phoenix-like from the ashes of fire and where the ghosts of the dead haunt the landscape. It’s a place where the old and the new live side by side. Where Saint Paul had to flee from persecution and where the philosopher Aristotle taught his most famous pupil, Alexander the Great. This final episode of “Aerial Greece” explores one of Greece’s lesser-known, but most fascinating regions – the North.

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