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The Durrells

The Durrells is a period drama that began on ITV in 2016. Based on the much loved book by naturalist Gerald Durrell the show follows the adventures that his family have when they move to the island of Corfu in 1935.

Written by Simon Nye the series stars Keeley Hawes, Milo Parker, Josh O’Connor and Daisy Waterstone.

A second series has already been commissioned.

13 Oct 2016… With The Durrells about to start in America on PBS’s long running Masterpiece Theater strand (where it has been renamed The Durrells in Corfu) the Wall Street Journal had a nice preview of the series saying “while “The Durrells” takes place on a sun-washed Greek island, it fits the “Masterpiece Theater” tradition snugly, founded as it is in matters extremely British: The very-proper-fish-out-of-water theme is obvious and paramount; the dialogue by Simon Nye is acidly funny.”

There is also mention of how both Lawrence Durrell and Gerald played around with the facts a little when writing of their time on the island. “awrence, author of “The Alexandria Quartet,” decamped from Britain to Corfu in the mid-’30s with his wife, Nancy, having convinced his mother and siblings to join them later. They did, one of the results being younger brother Gerald’s memoir, “My Family and Other Animals” (part of his “Corfu Trilogy”) which omits Nancy entirely. So does this series, which is based on Gerald’s books—rather than Lawrence’s account, which neglects to mention his mother. For purposes of “The Durrells,” the omission of Nancy is inspired, because it puts the family under one roof.”

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