The Aphrodite Inheritance

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The Aphrodite Inheritance
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Created byMichael J. Bird
Directed byTerence Williams and Viktors Ritelis
Theme music composerGeorge Kotsonis
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
ProducerAndrew Osborn
Production locationCyprus
Original networkBBC1
Original release3 January (1979-01-03) –
21 February 1979 (1979-02-21)

The Aphrodite Inheritance is a BBC television series broadcast in 1979.

The eight-part serial, written by Michael J. Bird, followed his previous successful Mediterranean-set series The Lotus Eaters and Who Pays the Ferryman?. Whereas the two previous productions had been set and filmed in Crete, the action (and location filming) in The Aphrodite Inheritance took place in Cyprus.

The series starred Peter McEnery as a man visiting Cyprus to investigate the death of his brother and subsequently being drawn into a strange conspiracy, with the narrative twists of the serial employing various supernatural and mythological motifs. Other major cast members included Alexandra Bastedo, Brian Blessed, Paul Maxwell and Stefan Gryff.


Main cast[edit]


  • Series Created & Written by: Michael J. Bird
  • Produced by: Andrew Osborn
  • Directed by: Terence Williams (eps. 1-4) & Viktors Ritelis (eps. 5-8)
  • Designed by: Jon Pusey
  • Theme music composed by: George Kotsonis


Episode no. Title First transmission (UK) Cast notes
1 "A Death in the Family" 3 January 1979 Barry Halliday (Barry Collier)
Andreas Moustras (Doctor)
Tom Watson (Wyndham)
Theodoulos Moreas (Priest)
2 "A Lamb to Slaughter" 10 January 1979 Nicos Shiafkalis (Nicos)
3 "Here We Come Gathering" 17 January 1979 Nicholas Kaminous (Detective Sergeant)
John Ioannou (Policeman)
4 "A Friend in Need" 24 January 1979 Carmen Gómez (Maria)
Costas Demetriou (Antonis)
Nicholas Kaminous (Detective Sergeant)
John Ioannou (Policeman)
5 "Come Into My Parlour" 31 January 1979 Carmen Gomez (Maria)
Costas Demetriou (Antonis)
Barry Halliday (Barry Collier)
Charlambos Xoufarides (Policeman)
6 "Said the Spider to the Fly" 7 February 1979 Carmen Gomez (Maria)
Tom Watson (Wyndham)
Nikias Nicolaides (Police Sergeant)
7 "The Eyes of Love" 14 February 1979 Georgios Zenios (Professor Stylianou)
8 "To Touch a Rainbow" 21 February 1979 Carmen Gomez (Maria)
Georgios Zenios (Professor Stylianou)


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