Greek & lov­ing it

The Dur­rells are trad­ing south­ern Eng­land for the Greek is­land of Corfu.

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The fam­ily is in trou­ble in bi­o­graph­i­cal drama se­ries The Dur­rells (2016- cur­rent). Papa Dur­rell died years ago and while she tried to keep her fam­ily fed, clothed and un­der a roof, widow Louisa Dur­rell (Kee­ley Hawes, Queen El­iz­a­beth in The Hol­low Crown, 2012- cur­rent) hasn’t had much luck. Her so­lu­tion? Pack­ing up and mov­ing her four kids to the Mediter­ranean is­land of Corfu. “Be­ing a mother is what gets her up in the morn­ing,” says Kee­ley. “She’s a good mother, not a per­fect mother, but she’s al­ways striv­ing.”

It’s based on late Bri­tish nat­u­ral­ist Ger­ald Dur­rell and his fam­ily, who moved to Corfu in 1935. And it’s not just where he grew up, “It’s where ec­cen­tric fam­ily af­fairs were in­ter­wo­ven with Gerry’s dis­cov­ery of the nat­u­ral world that in­spired his life’s work to res­cue an­i­mals from the brink of ex­tinc­tion,” says his widow Lee.


1 Lawrence aka Larry (Josh O’Con­nor, James in pe­riod drama Peaky Blin­ders, 2014- cur­rent) is the el­dest Dur­rell child, an as­pir­ing writer and a hope­less es­tate agent.

Lu­garet­zia (Anna Savva) is the 2 fam­ily’s hypochon­driac do­mes­tic helper who is dirt cheap – per­fect for their cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

Margo (Daisy Water­stone, Katie 3 in sea­son 17 of drama Silent Wit­ness, 1996- cur­rent) is a typ­i­cal teen – she wants to tan and likes boys.

Leslie (Cal­lum Wood­house) is the 4 mid­dle child and shoots any­thing that moves with his gun.

Ger­ald aka Gerry (Milo Parker, 5 Roger in thriller film Mr Holmes, 2015) is the youngest child and finds his love for na­ture on the is­land.

Louisa (Kee­ley Hawes) is the mom 6 who’s try­ing to give her fam­ily a new life and find her­self again.


The show was slammed for chang­ing a char­ac­ter’s ori­en­ta­tion from gay to straight. Pro­duc­tion com­pany ITV de­fended its de­ci­sion by say­ing that “it is loosely based on Ger­ald’s life and is not in­tended to be true to life”.

1 Mov­ing to the Mediter­ranean is all Mrs Dur­rell’s do­ing. 5 2

3 6 4

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