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Stath Lets Flats, with its quaint eccentric humour and a GreekCypriot twist…

The BAFTA TV-winning agency comedy will begin in October, series 3 will pick up events following the series two cliffhanger, with the family agency in jeopardy.

Channel 4 renewed the so-called “British Cypriot” comedy for a third series in the autumn of 2020, following a BAFTA TV winning streak.

At the time, London Cypriot creator and star-of-the-show “Stath” Jamie Demetriou commented: “This is lovely. I love Channel 4. Thanks so much for having us back for a series three. Sorry the title is still hard to say. Love Jamie Demetriou from Stalph Les Flav”.

Series two of the sitcom won three BAFTA TV Awards: Best Male Actor in a comedy, for lead star Jamie Demetriou; Best Writer of a Comedy, also for Demetriou; and the programme itself won the award for Best Scripted Comedy.

Also returning are Demetriou’s sister, Natasia (What We Do In The Shadows), Al Roberts (King Gary), Christos Stergioglou (Dogtooth), Katy Wix (Ghosts), Kiell-Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts) and Ellie White (The Other One).

Comedy actors Charlie Cooper (This Country), Julia Davis (Gavin and Stacey) and David Avery (We Are Lady Parts) will all be joining the third series.

Davis will guest in one episode as Kris, Carole’s belittling and snobbish sister. Meanwhile Avery plays Bambos, Stath’s flash barber cousin; and Cooper plays Gregory, a lettings agent who is “passionately devoted to his wife and runs a rival agency called Live Love Lets”.

Jamie Demetriou said, “Times are the worst they have been in living memory, but fear not, a sitcom about a lettings agency is back for a third series! All the characters (bar a few who had availability issues) are back and saying stuff aaaall over again! Get ready to hear what they say!

“Listen closely and you might even hear a thing or two from some new celebrated guest stars. Did somebody say… the whole England football team? No, it’ll be comedy actors!”

The third series is set to pick up following the season two cliffhanger, which saw Stath tasked with rescuing the family business, Michael & Eagle, in addition to facing up the terrible state of his love life.

Ash Atalla, managing director of the show’s production company Roughcut TV, said: “We’re so happy to bring STATH back and welcome the new cast. The audition process was nine months of actually letting flats so we have high hopes for the new series.”

Stath Lets Flats returns to Channel 4 at 10:15pm on Tuesday 26th October.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Alex Nicholson, 24 years-old, of English-Greek origin, urgently needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant to treat his blood cancer.

Alex was 18-years-old when he was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 4B on April 8th, 2016, but began feeling unwell around 5 months before the official diagnosis.

He was a music technology student at Palmers College, USP College in Grays, Essex, and was studying for his exams when he was diagnosed and began treatment.

Now 24-years-old, Alex, from Basildon, Essex, has been battling his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for five years and has sadly relapsed six times after two failed stem cell transplants, a trial drug failure and endless chemotherapy sessions.

Alex undertook chemotherapy sessions and received the first stem cell transplant in November 2016 using his own cells.

There was only a 50 per cent chance that using his own stem cells would work and devastatingly, it didn’t.

Alex then relapsed in January 2017 and the cancer returned. The consultants contacted the register for stem cell donors but were unable to find a match for Alex.

The keen musician continued with his chemotherapy treatment until June 2017 and received his mum’s stem cells, with only a 50 per cent chance that it would work.

Sadly, his mum’s stem cells also failed.

Alex’s mum, Debbie Nicholson, 48, said: “He’s been through his cancer journey for the last 5 years. Alex was studying at college, he was studying music technology, throughout his treatment had home exams, he’s been able to do on-line help with his coursework, with his colleagues and his tutors. And he was able to get a very good mark, even though he was going through treatment. Alex has had two stem cell transplants, which is a little procedure that could give someone the chance of life. It’s collecting stem cells out of your blood, so it’s not anything to do with organs or anything like that, it’s just what your blood makes that the patient you match to, potentially be able to save their life”.

But sadly, the treatments failed to work and Alex’s cancer returned for a fourth time.

Then on January 27 last year, Alex was given a trial drug aimed at helping cure his cancer, but after three days, he became unwell and the drug didn’t work.

He went through a year of remission from June 2020 to August 2021 and recently Alex was told by his consultant that his Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned and is sadly incurable.

Sarah Mallick, Fundraiser and Administrator at The Leukaemia Cancer Society told LGR, “This young man has spent nearly a quarter of his life battling blood cancer; he’s only 24 now. He was first diagnosed when he was 18. He has his whole life ahead of him, but he’s really running out of options and so we desperately need to find a stem cell donor for him as soon as possible.”

Alex is of English and Greek heritage and may need to rely on donors of mixed heritage to donate their stem cells as he has already had two failed transplants.

If someone is also half English and half Greek, like Alex, there would be a better chance of a tissue match to potentially cure him.

Androulla Stylianou, Co-ordinator at the charity told LGR’s Wish, “And because Alex is of mixed heritage Greek and English, the likelihood is that it’s someone from that heritage that will match him. But that does not mean that we don’t want just fully Greek people on the register, also English people. Because the match could be anybody Greek, English, or a mixture of the both. So we’re appealing to that group of people. This is Alex’s last chance. He has no other chance unless he finds a stem cell donor soon.”

There is a desperate need for stem cell and bone marrow donors, which could help save people’s lives – including Alex.

Sarah Mallick said, “And people might think a stem cell transplant, involves an operation, but actually for most people, it’s bit like a long version of giving blood. So it’s a matter of giving up a few hours at a hospital, and perhaps getting a bit bored and feeling a bit tired. But for the opportunity that you might be able to save a life.”

Androulla explained, “Whatever is taken from the donor that hopefully that we find goes on to a separator machine, and blood is taken from one hand, goes through the machine, where they take the cells that they need for the patient, and then it goes back through the other hand. So nothing is really taken and the cells that are taken are replenished, within a couple of days, so there is no risk to the donor.”

It’s easy to register as a donor, by going to The Leukaemia Cancer Society’s website, you can register to become a donor. After registering, a swab will be sent to you, where you swab inside your mouth and send it back to the charity.

If you’re a match, you’ll receive a call on how to give your stem cell or bone marrow – and it could save someone’s life.

Androulla Stylianou told Tony Neophytou’s Wish programme, “It is a very, very easy procedure, and your giving someone a chance of life. Alex is hanging on waiting for that last chance, waiting for the match to come forward. So, the more people that register, then greater the possibility of finding a donor for Alex.”

“It was an appeal for John Triteous that we heard and we went forward to give blood, and join the register ourselves. And that is what inspired, the Leukaemia Cancer Society to recruit Mediterranean donors, Greek-Cypriot, Turkish-Cypriot, to help save lives.

“It was a radio appeal which inspired the creation of The Leukaemia Cancer Society, and LGR actually.”

Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer – those that affect the body’s bone marrow, blood or lymphatic system – such as leukaemia, myelome or lymphona. Yet, just 2% of the UK population is registered as potential blood stem cell donors. People from Cypriot, Greek and mixed ethnicity backgrounds are under-represented as donors.

Diversifying the register is extremely important to people from our community.

“We do wish more people would come forward, we do need a lot more Greek-Cypriot people. We are greatly under-represented on the register. The Mediterranean community is only a very small percentage of the British registry, a very small percentage. So we need to do whatever we can to increase that and to make the register more diverse.”

“We are a very generous community, we are a giving people, a loving people; I think it’s just that people are unaware how simple a procedure it is. And maybe that deters them from coming forward. It is a very, very simple procedure that takes not too long at all of your time and a procedure that can potentially save a life of a young 24-year-old.”

For more information on how to become a donor, click here.

Or for more information on the charity, click here.

Alternatively, you can contact Androulla from Leukaemia Cancer Society on 07872 633508 or 020 8374 4821 for more details.


Article written by London Greek Radio

It is with deep regret and great sadness that LGR has learnt of the death of Father Andreas Hadjisavvis on Friday 15th October 2021. He was 69 years old.

For forty years, Father Andreas self-sacrificially served his congregations, being incessantly on the side of all those who needed the help and support of a priest in every circumstance of their lives.

Thousands of Orthodox faithful in North London were baptised, married, buried and received Holy Communion from his hands.

Father Andreas was born in 1952 in Nicosia. His parents were from Akanthou and moved to London in 1960, living in Chalk Farm.

The young Andreas attended All Saints Primary School, followed by Haverstock Secondary School.

He subsequently attended Hull University where he studied Economics.

Whilst at University, he was invited to meet the Queen – Elizabeth II, and on another occasion, Father Andreas was one of ten students from the UK to have dinner with the Queen Mother at Clarence House.

Pater Andreas served as a priest at St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church in Edmonton for two years before moving to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Cosmas and St Damian in Gospel Oak.

Eventually, he moved to what became known as “his second home” – the Greek Orthodox Church of St John the Baptist in Wightman Road, Haringey where he served for over 30 years.

At that time, Father Andreas was also involved in the Anglo Akanthou Association and one of his proudest moments is when he helped organise one of their dinner and dances at the Piccadilly Hotel, where Tottenham Hotspur players attended with the FA Cup immediately after their FA Cup Final win over Manchester City in 1981.

He was also involved in raising money for North Middlesex Hospital, which helped pay for heart monitors.

Father Andreas was also one of the first to help raise money for Children in Need.

He is survived by his wife Maria, four children – two sons and two daughters and five Grandchildren, along with lots of friends and relatives.

LGR understands that Father Andreas Hadjisavvis will lie in state at St John the Baptist Church, Wightman Road, on Friday, 22nd October from 10.00am to 9.00pm.

At 6.00pm, His Grace, Bishop Iakovos of Claudiopolis will officiate the Trisagion Service for the repose of the soul of Father Andreas.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, 23rd October at St. John the Baptist Church in Wightman Road.

His Grace, Bishop Iakovos of Claudiopolis will officiate the Orthros and the Divine Liturgy from 7.30-9.30am.

At 10.00am, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain will preside over the funeral service.

The burial will take place at New Southgate Cemetery at 2.00pm.

In place of wreaths, the family kindly asks for donations to be given to Moorfields Eye Hospital, the North London Hospice and the Parish-Community of St John the Baptist.

A Book of Condolence has been placed at the entrance of St John the Baptist Church.

Everyone at LGR is deeply saddened to learn of Father Andreas’ passing – may his memory be eternal.


Article written by Viron Karidis

London Greek Radio announces the brand-new London Greek Radio app which is available free via the App Store for iOS and google play for your android device.

The app is fully interactive, works alongside the LGR website. You can now call, text, email, send your dedication and much more via the app.

The app even allows you to set an alarm to wake up to LGR…!

London Greek Radio – The one-stop, fully interactive app with news, social media, website, phone, email and text!
LGR – Listen now worldwide!

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Article written by London Greek Radio

Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart. The definitive chart rundown this month, September 2021.

This month’s biggest, most in demand hit songs.

1 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Proti Thesi
2 Nikos Vertis – S’ Agapao
3 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Kanenas Monos
4 Petros Iakovidis – Tatouaz [NEW]
5 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto
6 Giorgos Kakosaios – Poia Einai Afti
7 Giorgos Livanis – Thelo Ki Allo
8 Eleni Foureira – Aeraki
9 Helena Paparizou, Anastasios Rammos – Gia Poia Agapi
10 Antonis Remos – Ego Gennithika Gia Sena

11 Kaiti Garbi Feat. Dionisis Schoinas – Atofio Chrysafi
12 Loukas Giorkas – Gia Tin Ellada
13 Mad Clip Feat. Eleni Foureira, Skive – Mporei
14 Stavento, Ivi Adamou – Gia Sena
15 Katerina Naka, Vasilis Dimas – Floga Pou Mas Kaiei
16 Lena Zevgara – Karma
17 Giorgos Sabanis – Kati San Asteri [NEW]
18 Ilias Kampakakis – Ola Einai Sto Myalo
19 Eirini Papadopoulou – Ya Habibi
20 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do (Sergio T. & Mr Spa Remix)

21 Konstantinos Argiros – Paraskevi Proi
22 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
23 Anna Vissi – Loulaki
24 Natassa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se ‘sena
25 Konstantinos Argiros, Rack – Telika [NEW]
26 Katerina, Giannis Ploutarchos – Poso Oraia Matia Echeis
27 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia
28 Eleni Hatzidou, Eteoklis Pavlou – I Diki Mou Premiera [NEW]
29 Paola – Ematha Na Mathaino
30 Nikiforos – Pes

31 Anna Vissi, Bambis Stokas – Ki Omos Den Teleionei
32 Demy Feat. Sigma – Ela (prod. Grandbois)
33 Evita Sereti, Stamatis Gonidis – I Agapi Einai Charisma
34 Giorgos Sabanis, Stefania [Sumka RMX] – Tipota
35 Josephine – 100%
36 Petros Iakovidis – Mou ‘leipses Poly
37 Haris Alexiou, Onirama – Ximeronei
38 Stan – Opou Vgei
39 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia (Feeling by Rania Kostaki)
40 Melina Aslanidou, Glykeria – Ftanei kai Perissevei

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Article written by London Greek Radio

The Mad Video Music Awards 2021 had taken place this summer from the Technopolis City of Athens. The annual event is a celebration of the past 12 months of Greek music.

Hosted by Themis Georgantas with Konnie Metaxa back-stage, this year’s socially distanced awards were said to have latest state-of-the-art monitors inside the venue.

Eleni Foureira, Konstantinos Argiros, Helena Paparizou, Josephine, Giorgos Sabanis and more also took to the stage inside the Technopolis throughout the evening.

Melisses won Best Group for the record eighth consecutive award, in this specific category. The Greek band scooped a second award for Best Video Ballad, to ‘Misi Kardia’.

The Greek pop singer Eleni Foureira won a gong for Best Woman-Modern.

The former Cyprus Eurovision entrant, inspired spectators, with this advice, “To all girls out there, I’d like to say love yourselves, and you’re unique [translated]”.

Eleni Foureira has given fans a sneak peek at her new single, ‘Aeraki (To Thiliko)’. The ethnic banger is a sure-fire hit, which has already entered London Greek Radio playlists.

The late MAD CLIP who tragically died earlier this month [September], gave a performance, with Eleni Foureira, to the current hit single, ‘Mporei’.

Helena Paparizou won the award to Best Female Singer Adult. Meanwhile, Helena and Anastasios Rammos gave a performance to Helena’s current hit single, ‘Gia Poia Agapi’.

The Best Male Singer-Modern award went to singer/song-writer Giorgos Sabanis. He treated the music fans, to a solo-performance to ‘Agria Thalassa’. Elsewhere, Sabanis cosied up with Josephine to a Sumka remix to ‘Tipota’.

Aprodite Liantou and Liam Ireland handed over Best Pop Video to Josephine for ‘Ego’. The female singer also won the award for Best Duet, for her collaboration with MAD CLIP on ‘Fimi’.

Josephine energised the crowd with a fun-dance routine to ‘Paliopaido’, a Laiko-pop tsifteteli, Otherview remix. She sang alongside Azerbaijan’s Eurovision entrant Efendi, to ‘Mata Hari’ in Greek and English.

Anthi Voulgari and Iordanis Xasapopoulos had betrothed Best Greek Dance Video to Petros Iakovidis for ‘S’agapao Sou Fonaxa’.

Konstantinos Argiros won the Best Male Singer Adult award. The Best Video Laiko went to Argiros for his zeimbekiko hit, ‘Athina Mou’. Argiros even showed off a few zeimbekiko moves with a twist, and turn, on the Technopolis stage.

Giorgos Mazonakis won the acclaimed Best Song of The Year to ‘Ores Mikres’, a melodic and passionately sung-melancholy zeimbekiko.

Mazonakis on his acceptance of this award said, “Those behind these awards, and the public have understood that a good Greek Laiko song, has no age, its timeless” [Translated].

The Newcomer Award went to man-of-the-moment Giorgos Kakosaios. The very talented singer, song-writer, is the son of legendary Yiannis Ploutarhos.

Natasa Theodoridou was bestowed with the Honorary Award Music Icon and launched into a back-catalogue of hits while on stage to, ‘Xartopolemos’, ‘Kokkini Grammi’, ‘Paradothika Se Sena’, and a beautiful duet with Christos Mastoras to ‘Ela Pou Fovamai’.

Meanwhile, SNIK had aced Best Video Trap to ‘Etsi’.

The Best Music Video of the Year went to Hawk and Light for ‘Voodoo’.

Tamta and Mente Fuerte had clinched a radio award for ‘Den Eisai Edo’.

The guest acts and duets continued throughout the evening. Melisses and Tamta sang ‘Ola Teleiosan’ and ‘T’allo Mou Miso’.

Konstantinos Argiros and Giorgos Kakosaios had a duet moment to Argiros’ zeimbekiko hit song to ‘Paraskevi Proi’.

Petros Iakovidis sat on the stage’s step to chill with his acoustic version to ‘Mi Thymoneis’. He sang with Stefania to a remixed up-tempo version to ‘S’agapo Sou Fonaxa’.

Cyprus’ Eurovision representative 2021, Elena Tsagrinou in special remix performance for the show to ‘El Diablo’. Elena duets with Dimitri Tataraki to ‘I Zoi Sinehizetai’, a summer single released recently.

Greece’s Eurovision entrant 2021 Stefania sang the acoustic version to ‘Last Dance’ with a newcomer Archolekas. She even teased her fans with the upcoming single ‘Mucho Calor’.

Ivi Adamou and Stavento sang the current catchy hit to, ‘Gia Sena’. The Cypriot star, elsewhere, sung ‘Conga’ with Lil Koni.

Triantafillos teamed up with Alcatrash in fun remix rendition to ‘Psao Ta Rologia’.

Leon of Athens and Katerine Duska with a performance medley to ‘Kirmata’, ‘Athenian Skies’ and ‘Ela Mia Nixta’ were other highlights.

Stan had taken to the stage with a Reggaeton-infused mash-up to ‘De Ftais Esi’ and ‘Could you be loved’, with Ami Yiami, Nikos Mpartzis and James Kafetzi.

Demy, DuoViolins and Sergio T gave a performance to ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. Meanwhile, Light and MAD CLIP wooed fans to a strong hip-hop medley in Greek.

Helena Paparizou and Joanne sung ‘Mi’ and ‘Twisted My Sobriety’. Meanwhile, SNIK and Voyage performed the songs to ‘Diamanti’ and ‘Bounce’. Elsewhere, Tasos Xiarcho, Natasha Kay and Mple sung the song ‘Sta Mavra Exo Ntithei’.

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Article written by Tony Neophytou

Michael Constantine, known for playing ‘Gus Portokalos’, the patriarch father, in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” has died. He was 94.

Constantine was a native of Reading, Pennsylvania and the son of Greek immigrants. He died on 31st August but news of his death has only just been released.

In the film, the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, the ‘know-it-all’ Gus was popular for thinking that “Windex” (an American brand of glass and hard-surface cleaner), could cure just about any ailment.

“I’m actually sick of Windex,” he said. “There must have been hundreds of bottles sent to me, and then there were all those people who asked me to autograph their Windex bottles.”

His character coined the iconic phrase in the film’s franchise, “There are two kinds of people,” he reminds Toula, (Nia Vardalos) “Greeks, and Everybody Else who Wish they was Greek.”

Actress Nia Vardalos paid tribute to her on-screen father on Twitter, writing: “Michael Constantine, the dad to our cast-family, a gift to the written word, and always a friend. Acting with him came with a rush of love and fun. I will treasure this man who brought Gus to life. He gave us so much laughter and deserves a rest now. We love you Michael.”

Rita Wilson, who produced My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the sequel film and served as an executive producer on My Big Fat Greek Life, also paid tribute to Constantine on Twitter, posting, alongside a photo of him with a poster for the second film, “My friend, Michael Constantine, our sweet patriarch of the Portokalos family, has gone to heaven. I’m so thankful for the love he brought to his Windex wielding, loving father in both our My Big Fat Greek Wedding Movies and the series My Big Fat Greek Life.”

He was born Gus Efstratiou on 22nd May 1927, the son of an iron worker. After attending Reading High School and a stint as the manager of the dairy department at his local grocery store, he didn’t really know what he wanted to do for a living. A chance encounter with a friend who had left for New York to become an actress convinced him to follow her lead.

Constantine eventually studied acting with Howard Da Silva (Broadway’s Oklahoma!) and spent nearly almost two years with the ‘Inherit the Wind’ company. He then played a character based on attorney Clarence Darrow opposite Dean Stockwell, Roddy McDowall and Da Silva in ‘Compulsion’, a dramatisation of the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.

In ‘The Miracle Worker’, he portrayed Anagnos, the man who put Annie Sullivan (Bancroft) with the Keller family.

Constantine made his big-screen debut alongside Mickey Rooney in the death-row- themed ‘The Last Mile’ (1959), directed by Howard W. Koch. He soon proved adept at TV guest-starring roles in the 1960s, appearing on The Defenders, Naked City, Dr. Kildare, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Ironside and The Flying Nun.

He had a regular role as one of the apartment-building residents, a photographer, on the 1966-67 NBC sitcom ‘Hey, Landlord’, created by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson, and he starred as a night court judge on the 1976-77 NBC comedy ‘Sirota’s Court’.

On NBC’s Remington Steele, Constantine showed up in a few episodes as eager businessman George Edward Mulch.

His film résumé also included Beau Geste (1966), Steve McQueen’s The Reivers (1969), The North Avenue Irregulars (1979), Prancer (1989), My Life (1993) and The Juror (1996).

Constantine won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1970 for playing ‘Seymour Kaufman’, the jaded principal at L.A.’s fictional Walt Whitman High and was nominated the following year as well.

The series, created by the soon-to-be legendary Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks, was ahead of its time, featuring an integrated cast that tackled serious contemporary issues during its five-season (1969-74) run.

Constantine also portrayed Big John, a pool-playing associate of Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), in Robert Rossen’s atmospheric The Hustler (1961) and was among those taking a whirlwind tour of Europe in If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969).

He also played an intelligence officer from behind the Iron Curtain in Don’t Drink the Water (1969), a film version of Woody Allen’s Broadway hit.

On the stage, Constantine served as Paul Muni’s understudy in the original 1955-57 production of Inherit the Wind on Broadway and then appeared with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker, playing the head of the institute for the blind.

Constantine was married and divorced twice. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia and Chris and his adult children, Brendan Constantine (Son) and Thea Constantine (Daughter).

Our prayers and condolences go out to Michael’s family and friends.

Michael Constantine 1927 – 2021


Article written by London Greek Radio

Greek music composer and political activist Mikis Theodorakis, who was instrumental in raising global awareness of Greece’s plight during the 1967-74 military dictatorship, has died at the age of 96.

Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a three-day national mourning for the death of the music legend.

Born on the island of Chios, on 29th July 1925, Mikis Theodorakis studied music in Athens and Paris.

His work ranges from rousing songs based on major Greek poetic works to symphonies and film scores.

He was famous for his anthemic “Xrysoprasino Fyllo” a spirited, patriotic song which celebrated Cyprus. The original version was sung by Grigoris Bithikotsis in 1965 and numerous other artists have subsequently covered the song.

Perhaps the most recognisable Greek piece of music in the world was also composed by Mikis Theodorakis – the syrtaki from the film “Zorba the Greek” in 1964 for which he won a Grammy for in 1966.

His songs have also been performed by the world’s greatest-ever singers, such as The Beatles, Shirley Bassey and Edith Piaf.

He also composed the scores in the films “Z” (1969), which won a BAFTA for original music, “Phaedra” (1962), which included songs with lyrics by Nikos Gatsos, and “Serpico” (1973), for which he was nominated for another Grammy in 1975.

Theodorakis also composed the “Mauthausen Trilogy” — known as “The Ballad of Mauthausen” and the “Mauthausen Cantata” — a cycle of four arias with lyrics based on poems written by Greek poet Iakovos Kambanellis, a Mauthausen concentration camp survivor.

Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni wrote on Twitter, “Today we lost a part of the soul of Greece”, calling him “the one who made all Greeks sing poetry”.

President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou hailed him as a “pan-Hellenic personality” who was also a universal artist and an invaluable asset of our musical culture.

“He was given a rich and fruitful life that he lived with passion, a life dedicated to music, the arts, our country and its people, dedicated to the ideas of freedom, justice, equality and social solidarity.”

LGR’s Chairman, John Kyriakides said, “He wrote so much music which has been heard globally by generations – and will live on for generations to come.”

Mikis’ request is to be buried in his ancestral homeland of Galatas, west of the Cretan city of Chania.

Everyone at LGR was saddened to hear of his passing and our thoughts and prayers to out to his family and friends. We will continue to pay tribute to his music on-air in the coming days and weeks.

Mikis Theodorakis 1925 – 2021


Article written by London Greek Radio

Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart. The definitive chart rundown this month, August, 2021.

This month’s biggest, most in demand hit songs.

The original Greek radio for London, best new music and timeless classics.

1 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Proti Thesi
2 Eleni Foureira – Aeraki
3 Giorgos Kakosaios – Poia Einai Afti
4 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Kanenas Monos
5 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto
6 Giorgos Livanis – Thelo Ki Allo
7 Antonis Remos – Ego Gennithika Gia Sena
8 Loukas Giorkas – Gia Tin Ellada
9 Kaiti Garbi Feat. Dionisis Schoinas – Atofio Chrysafi
10 Konstantinos Argiros – Paraskevi Proi

11 Stavento, Ivi Adamou – Gia Sena
12 Ilias Kampakakis – Ola Einai Sto Myalo
13 Giorgos Sabanis – Tipota
14 Katerina Naka, Vasilis Dimas – Floga Pou Mas Kaiei [NEW]
15 Thanos & Alexandros Paiteris – Mia Agkalia
16 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia
17 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
18 Anna Vissi – Loulaki
19 Onirama, Locomondo – Kalokairi
20 Athina Politi – Pyrotechnima

21 Otherview – Tora Se Thymasai
22 Nikos Vertis – S’ Agapao
23 Lena Zevgara – Karma [NEW]
24 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do (Sergio T. & Mr Spa Remix)
25 Evita Sereti, Stamatis Gonidis – I Agapi Einai Charisma
26 Nikiforos – Pes
27 Katerina, Giannis Ploutarchos – Poso Oraia Matia Echeis [NEW]
28 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia
29 Konstantinos Frantzis, Rodry Go – Almyra Filia [NEW]
30 Petros Iakovidis – Mou ‘leipses Poly

31 Helena Paparizou, Anastasios Rammos – Gia Poia Agapi
32 Eirini Papadopoulou – Ya Habibi [NEW]
33 Giannis Sofilas – Irema Ta Leo
34 Anna Vissi, Bambis Stokas – Ki Omos Den Teleionei
35 Josephine – 100% [NEW]
36 Nikos Vertis – Koita
37 Paola – Ematha Na Mathaino
38 Stan – Opou Vgei
39 Demy Feat. Sigma – Ela (prod. Grandbois) [NEW]
40 Dionysis Schoinas – Pos Thes Na S’ Agapao

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After recently being named ‘Club of the Year’ by the Middlesex County FA, community grassroots club Omonia Youth FC, sponsored by Spector, Constant & Williams, Vas Barbers and V Jewellers have gone one better as they were named the FA & McDonald’s national ‘Club of the Year’ at a star-studded award ceremony held at Wembley Stadium last Saturday.

Writing in the winner’s brochure, the FA’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Bullingham said: “The FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are to recognise people who make a positive difference. It’s our way to celebrate some of the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England – and say a huge think you to the incredible number of volunteers who inspire us all.”

The award ceremony took place at Wembley Stadium prior to this season’s annual curtain raiser to the new domestic season, the Community Shield match between Leicester City and Manchester City. The event was attended by a number of football stars including England’s 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, former Arsenal and England internationals Martin Keown and Rachel Yankey OBE, former Aston Villa and England striker Darius Vassell, former Manchester City and England defender Joleon Lescott and former Manchester United Women’s manager Casey Stoney MBE. In all there were 12 awards celebrated and awarded with Omonia Youth FC picking up the prestigious Grassroots Club of the Year Award.

The club were represented at the event by Chairman Michael Pieri, Vice-Chair and Welfare Officer Myri Demetriou, Club Secretary Evagoras Mandrides and Coach Development Officer David Poncia who had the honour of having Sir Geoff Hurst on their table.

In the winner’s brochure there was a thorough explanation why each winner was worthy of their award with Omonia Youth’s reading: “Pinpointing the importance of their mental wellbeing and safeguarding, the club put together a ‘recovery curriculum’ to encourage compassionate and kind coaching ad ensuring the club supported its players.”

As a club Omonia Youth works hard to enhance the football experience for children beyond matchday, and they make the most of their social media presence to deliver positive message at every opportunity.”

Omonia Youth FC are a dynamic and family-driven club that continues to grow and consistently challenges itself to develop and improve.”

Prior to be awarded the trophy on stage, a video was shown detailing why Omonia Youth FC were worthy winners with contributions from coaches, players, parents and from the Middlesex FA.

At half time, all the awards winners were taken pitch side and were presented to the crowd with their trophy along with Sir Geoff Hurst – a lovely moment that was also shown on the stadium’s big screens too. This really is a wonderful honour for the club and Chairman Michael Pieri had this to say: “This really is an incredible tribute to what we try to do as a club, and that is to ensure that the children of our community have a safe, fun, positive and inclusive environment to develop their love of the beautiful game. We are of course delighted to be named club of the year; it is an honour and personally, I feel very humbled. The past 18 months have been so challenging for all, so to be recognised for what we did, to try to keep everyone in the club in a positive frame of mind, is amazing.”

Growing up as a kid playing at Wembley, scoring a goal at Wembley and lifting the cup at Wembley were dreams. Well, as Omonia Youth FC we got to Wembley, we won an award at Wembley and at half time, I got to fulfil that dream of lifting a trophy at Wembley – dreams really do come true!

The award is national recognition of the hard work of so many people – the management committee whose support is unstinting, the trustees, the volunteer coaches, our parents, carers and of course our wonderful players. Thank you to them and thank you to our county FA, Middlesex, for their advice, guidance and support and of course thank you to the national FA judging panel who felt we were worthy of this award. Our ethos of ‘football for all’ is the bedrock of what we do, why we do it and how do it and this award is recognition of that ideal.”

Should you feel enthused and want to know more about Omonia Youth FC, you can contact the club at omoniayouthfootballclub@hotmail.com, via the contact page on the club’s website www.omoniayouthfc.com as well as following the club on twitter @OmoniaYouthFC and Instagram @omoniayouthfc1994.


Article written by Michael Pieri