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North Norfolk's Constantia Brothers have landed an International television documentery with prime time Cyprus television that is to be screened across Europe and world-wide via satellite.  Top TV producer, Menelaos and cameraman Doros, flew over from Cyprus to London and headed to Cromer for two days filming.  Crack bouzouki player, Yas had sparked off interest after two tracks that he penned were featured at the Athens Olympics by the BBC.  A music video filmed in Cromer called, 'For The Love Of Cyprus', produced by Norwich based director, Liz Gould, is also to be aired by RIK Cyprus TV and is the centre of a fly on the wall type documentary due to be screened in the next couple of weeks.

This is by far the most comprehensive look behind the scenes about Norfolk's Greek phenomenon that was born at East Runtons Constantia Cottage Restaurant when discovered by the late EMI man Bob Barratt around 20 years ago.  It's amazing that the Norfolk coast should be host to a main feature that is to be aired by some of the biggest names in European television. "I insisted that if any documentary of this type would go ahead", explained Constantia Bros front man, Andreas, of Amber Music Productions  "that our local surroundings and Norfolk would be where it happened.  After all it's thanks to the people of Norfolk that we gained recognition in the first place and it felt right to somehow give something back to a place that's given us so much".  The filming went on for hours and the questions were punchy and close to home.  Each member of the Constantia family were interviewed separately and the boys were made to sing live without musical accompaniment.  Highlights will include Cromer Pavilion, something that the Greek crew found extraordinary.  Theatres at the end of the pier are not something you readily see in Greece or Cyprus.

In comparison with British TV, the documentary can draw similarities to LWT's, 'The South Bank Show' or BBC's 'Panorama'. The documentary has already made headlines in major Greek magazines and newspapers and has been trailed daily.  "We have been swamped by telephone calls from family and friends from Cyprus and London that have seen the clips,'" said bouzouki maestro, Yas.  "Its kind of weird that we have a cult following over seas even though we haven't done any gigs there, only by TV and Radio play".

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This has thrown The Constantia Brothers back into the International music arena and a string of UK appearances are being organised.  A second music DVD is being planned concerning the Brothers Eurovision entry that was piped at the post last week.  "It's a twist that we needed", says Sotiris of Norwich's Ashwood recording Studios, "it's fantastic that we should be getting the publicity over a song that has been hailed by journalists as a strong contender and could have been a possible outright winner. It deserves all the airplay it gets. ' The Song called 'Mandolins' has already been published by London record Giants, Carlin Music and Greek songbird 'Evdokia' is heading for the Norfolk coast next month to front the production.  In true Constantia Brothers fashion controversy surrounds the new release as the race is on to compete with the Greek winner! "'We wish the Greek entry all the luck in the world but now we are out of the race the pressure is off'"says Andreas, "this gives us the ability to release the song how we want to".

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