Welcome to the “Who Pays the Ferryman?” locations page. If, like me, you are a big fan of the popular 1977 BBC TV series, and want to know where the locations that were used in the series are (or even have a passing interest in where they filmed), then I hope this site will be of interest to you.

As the serial was made in 1977, I feared that many of the locations used would’ve been lost or changed beyond recognition due to the development as a result of the increased tourism in the area. TV programmes such as these (especially Ferryman and its’ predecessor The Lotus Eaters) were the catalyst for this increase in tourism and subsequent development that came with it. However, I am pleasantly surprised to report that nearly every location is pretty much as it was.

This website was begun during the COVID lockdown in April 2021. I researched and have found many of the locations used, mainly by using Google Maps and Google Street View, and matching them to screenshots of the TV programme from YouTube and my own copy of the serial. Whilst I can’t physically be there, the next best thing is using Google Street View to provide a current view of the locations used. The website aims to provide a shot-for-shot and ‘then and now’ look at each location used, as well as provide additional information on various aspects of the production.

If you’re a fan of the TV series, and indeed of Michael J Bird’s other work, then you should visit the Michael J Bird Tribute Site, here. The location page on the Tribute Site was the catalyst for me starting this website, and provided the initial set of locations that encouraged me to go on and try to find the remainder.

In the menu, you will see a link to a page for each episode, which contains a story breakdown and attempts to list all the locations for that episode. The other pages contain information related to the series so be sure to check them out.

This Welcome page also contains a running ‘blog’ of the locations found. Below this pinned Welcome message, you will see posts in reverse chronological order. Each post is usually to inform the reader that another location has been found, and usually outlines how it was found.

If you have any other information on the locations that have been found, or indeed have found any missing locations, or have any other suggestions to improve the site, please do feel free to contact me using the comments facility.


3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I took the link here from Dave Rice’s MJB website and I think you have done an amazing job on this Anthony. As a geography teacher and fan of the series it is something I wish I had done in lockdown. I think the series caught Crete at the right time in the 1970s so many of these places must be much busier now and more touristy. I still haven’t been to Crete, I know more of Cyprus and I am a big fan of the Aphrodite Inheritance. But Crete is on my list of places to got to, more so since your research has made a visit more interesting.

    Well done again with all of your work, it is all worth the research and you must have enjoyed doing it.


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    1. Hi David, thanks so much for your kind comments. They are very much appreciated. It’s certainly been very hard work and I hope it’s really useful to you if you do want to go and see these locations, most of them are in the Lasithi region as the crew were based in Ayios Nikolaos so didn’t have to travel that far to film every day.


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