Malta: The Jewel of the Med (Episode 1)

Malta: Jewel of the Med s1 ep1 Nonno Benny, first starting working in restaurants in 1964.

This captivating new Channel 5 series takes us on a journey through Malta, a mesmerising destination visited by over a million British tourists annually.


In the opening episode, we delve into the marvels of Malta’s renowned co-cathedral of St John in Valletta. From its deceptively simple exterior to an interior resplendent with colour and 24-carat gold leaf, we explore the painstaking maintenance work of conservator Daniela, including the preservation of Caravaggio’s masterpiece, ‘The Beheading of St John’.

We also venture into the heart of Malta’s countryside, where we join a family-run farm in their efforts to cultivate the island’s finest produce. This episode includes a thrilling dive into the azure waters of Malta, exploring submerged WWII relics.

Additionally, we visit a unique “cat village”, home to some of Malta’s cherished stray cats, and partake in a sea clean-up initiative to maintain the island’s pristine waters.

Highlighting Malta’s culinary scene, we focus on Trattoria del Nonno, a famed family-owned restaurant. Established 60 years ago by Grandpa Benny, it’s now managed by his descendants. We follow grandson Kane as he proposes modern twists on traditional Maltese dishes, using fresh ingredients sourced from a local family farm. Will Grandpa Benny approve of these contemporary additions to the trattoria’s menu?

Malta: The Jewel of the Med airs on Channel 5 on Thursday, 4 January 2024 at 8:00PM.

The episode is the first from the show’s first series.