The Dur­rells ITV, 8pm

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

In 1987, the BBC turned Ger­ald Dur­rell’s mem­oir My Fam­ily and Other An­i­mals into a TV se­ries. In 2005, they backed a fea­ture­length ver­sion, scripted by Si­mon Nye. Now he’s back, but this time has in­cor­po­rated not only that book into this se­ries for ITV, but also the other parts of Dur­rell’s Corfu-based tril­ogy of au­to­bi­ogra­phies. The re­sult is a drama star­ring Kee­ley Hawes as Louisa Dur­rell, the wid­owed mother of four chil­dren who, when we first meet her, de­cides to swap 1930s Bri­tain for the Greek is­land in the hope of start­ing a new and more fruit­ful life.

Kee­ley Hawes

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