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Simon Nye uses very broad brushstrokes indeed to portray naturalist Gerald Durrell’s unorthodox childhood on Corfu in the 1930s. Gerald’s siblings are a self-centred, wayward bunch (“How did you all become so vile?” screams his widowed mother – Keeley Hawes – at one point), while the locals are big-hearted, drunkenly lecherous or hatchet-faced and disapproving. Nobody is bland or ordinary.
But once the Durrell madhouse starts to calm down, the result is a pleasant piece of Sunday-night whimsy. Milo Parker as the young Gerry is especially engaging: his wide-eyed innocence as he scampers enthusiastically around the island collecting creatures great and small is believable and charming. Of course the reality of having pelicans and owls living in your loo is probably less charming. But the Greek scenery is glorious.
In 1935, beleaguered Bournemouth mother Louisa Durrell decides to uproot her family and build a new life on the sun-drenched island of Corfu. However, with money problems and four unruly children to care for, even a new start might not be enough to banish her troubles. Period drama, starring Keeley Hawes, based on Gerald Durrell's trilogy of Corfu memoirs, which includes My Family and Other Animals.
Cast & Crew
Nick Orestis Chaniotakis
Sally Woodward Gentle
Full Episode Guide
Is The Durrells star Milo Parker transforming into the real Gerald Durrell?
Behind-the-scenes footage reveals the young actor's growing passion for conservation
Where was the marketplace in The Durrells filmed? Behind-the-scenes footage reveals the secrets of Bouas Village
Historian Michael Haag reveals the women written out of The Durrells' family history
Meet the cast of The Durrells series two
BAFTA TV Awards 2017: winners in full
The Durrells: meet the kids
"Unseasonably wet" year made filming The Durrells a logistical nightmare
Follow in the footsteps of The Durrells and discover Corfu's unspoilt north-east coast
Spring’s here, so why is television still so grim?
When are the BAFTA TV Awards and how do I watch the ceremony?
When is The Durrells back on TV?
Put your questions to Keeley Hawes at the Radio Times Festival