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Norfolk Greek restaurant on Cyprus TV June 26, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Cyprus.

The daily life of a well-known Greek family in Norfolk/UK has been filmed for a Cypriot television series.

A documentary feature will show the Yiasimi family making meals and music at their Constantia Cottage restaurant in East Runton, near Cromer.

It will be screened on the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s Kyprion Nostos Greek Nostalgia slot, which goes out weekly on satellite shows seen in the Mediterranean and by ex-patriates in Britain.

And the musical arm of the family, the Constantia Brothers, hope it may open the door for their first ever concert back in their homeland.

A film crew has been shooting parents Peter and Stella, along with sons Andreas, Yaz and Sotos, and their sister Maria, whose daughter Lucy, 18 months, was the youngest family member to be caught on camera.

The Constantia Brothers are well known for their after-dinner entertainment at the restaurant, as well as recordings of traditional Greek and self-penned music. Andreas said the show would feature a “fly on the wall” look at a day in the life of the family.

“We thought they would just look at the music, but they wanted to know all about the family, its history, and our thoughts about whether we felt Greek or British.”

The songs featured include For the Love of Cyprus, and Mandolins, which they had entered as a potential Eurovision entry for Cyprus. It was not selected, but was being released as a recording in any case, he added.

“CYBC are keen for us to do a concert in Cyprus, which we have never done, so we hope this publicity will help us perform over there,” said Mr Yiasimi.

Producer cameraman Doros Partasides said the 15-minute slots aimed to show the lives of Greek families living in England, sometimes through churches and schools, dancing and culture.

The Yiasimis were a “unique, welcoming family who work together, which you don’t find very often today,” he added. “It is good to see them running a traditional Greek taverna in this part of the country.”

The London-based television crew had been meaning to visit the Yiasimis for some time, said Mr Partasides. The recorded music would be used in other shows in the series, which goes out at 8pm on Fridays with a repeat on Saturday at 2.15pm.

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