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Malta: The Jewel of the Med: Episode 3 (Channel 5 Thursday 18 January 2024)

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Malta: The Jewel of the Med

In the upcoming episode of “Malta: The Jewel of the Med,” airing on Channel 5 on Thursday 18 January 2024 at 20:00, we are treated to a third exploration of the beautiful Mediterranean island.

The episode begins in a traditional Maltese fishing village, where the bounty of the sea is savored. We witness the lampuki season, when delicious fish called lampuki swarm around Malta. Fishermen like Andre head out in brightly painted boats called luzzu, which have often been in their families for generations. Andre’s uncle Roman sells the fish at the village market, and restaurateur George serves it up to his delighted clientele. This segment offers a glimpse into Malta’s rich fishing heritage and culinary traditions.

We then dive deep into Gozo’s iconic Blue Hole diving spot, a vertical tunnel in the cliffs filled with crystal blue water that descends to a depth of 15 meters. Here, instructor Luke teaches the ancient art of free diving, providing an immersive experience for viewers as they witness the beauty and thrill of exploring this natural wonder.

The episode also takes us to a mysterious neolithic site called Ggantiya, which predates even Stonehenge and the pyramids. Curator Daphne explains the enigmatic past of this stone structure, offering insights into Malta’s fascinating history and cultural significance.

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On a lighter note, we join expats Mags and Nige as they share their story of swapping life in Derbyshire for making candles in one of Malta’s most historic areas, Birgu. Their business experiences its busiest time during Birgu’s annual candle festival. As Mags and Nige race against time to make enough candles to sell, viewers are transported into one of Europe’s most magical festivals. The city switches off all electric lights, creating an enchanting ambiance as Birgu twinkles with candlelight.

The episode also highlights Malta as Europe’s capital of classic cars, with an estimated 30,000 vintage vehicles on the island. The Malta Classic Car Grand Prix is a major event, and we follow the journey of 32-year-old local Krista, one of only two women competing in the race. Held on the narrow, twisting roads outside the medieval town of Mdina, this segment showcases not only Krista’s racing skills but also the passion for classic cars that permeates Maltese culture.

Finally, there is a heartwarming segment about sea turtles in Malta. Due to its geographical position in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta boasts a unique natural history and abundance of wildlife. Local charity organizations protect injured sea turtles and nurse them back to health. We witness the release of three rehabilitated turtles back into the wild from one of Malta’s most beautiful beaches.

“Malta: The Jewel of the Med” offers viewers a mesmerizing journey through Malta’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary delights. With stunning visuals and engaging storytelling, this episode invites audiences to appreciate the unique charm and allure of this Mediterranean gem.

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Tune in to Channel 5 on Thursday 18 January 2024 at 20:00 to immerse yourself in the third episode of “Malta: The Jewel of the Med.”

Featured image credit: Channel 5


Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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