The Durrells

Series 1 - Episode 1



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

Louisa Durrell Keeley Hawes
Larry Durrell Josh O'Connor
Gerald Durrell Milo Parker
Margo Durrell Daisy Waterstone
Leslie Durrell Callum Woodhouse
Capt Creech James Cosmo
Spiros Halikiopoulos Alexis Georgoulis
Theo Stephanides Yorgos Karamihos
Lugaretzia Anna Savva
Max Max Befort
Donald Ben Hall
Monk Nick Orestis Chaniotakis
Headmaster Andrew Bicknell
Mr Trevitt Graham Seed
Alexia Hara Ermidi
Director Steve Barron
Dramatised By Simon Nye
Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
Executive Producer Lee Morris
Executive Producer Simon Nye
Producer Christopher Hall
Writer Gerald Durrell
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