Some television shows are meant to warm the cockles of your heart, and ‘The Durrells’, also known as ‘The Durrells in Corfu’, falls squarely into this category. The British comedy-drama has become very popular across the pond among American audiences since it started airing. The show airs on ITV and first premiered on April 3, 2016. In the USA, it airs on Masterpiece on PBS.
‘The Durrells in Corfu’ has been written by Simon Nye and directed by Steve Barron and Roger Goldby. The premise of the show is based on the autobiographical books, titled ‘The Corfu Trilogy’, written by Gerald Durrell. It chronicles the lives of the family members on the Greek island of Corfu for four years, between 1935 and 1939. However, the show’s panache really lies in the presence of exotic animals in each season which emboldens the mood and makes the series special.
Before reading on about the show, here is what the critics have to say: “a series that’s not only sun-drenched and liberating but also catches its source material’s high good humor without laboring it and weaves an authentic sense of the innocent exoticism of the original”.
The Durrells in Corfu Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Durrells in Corfu’ squarely focuses on the Durrell family, so the cast members all play different members of the family. We have Keeley Hawes, famous for appearing in ‘Bodyguard‘, play the part of Louisa Durrell. Louisa is usually in charge of catching us up with what has been going on in the family at the start of the episodes and is the matriarch of the family. Other family members are Gerry Durrell played by Milo Parker, who appeared in ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children‘, Larry Durrell, played by Josh O’Connor of ‘God’s Own Country’ fame, Margo Durrell, plated by Daisy Waterstone and Leslie Durrell, portrayed by Callum Woodhouse.
Alexis Georgoulis as Spiros Halikiopoulos, Anna Savva as Lugaretzia and Yorgos Karamihos in the role of Theo Stephanides makes up the rest of the cast.
The Durrells in Corfu Plot: What is it about?
The series begins in 1935 “when Louisa Durrell suddenly announces that she and her four children will move from Bournemouth to the Greek island of Corfu. Her husband has died some years earlier and the family is experiencing financial problems. A Homeric battle ensues as the family adapts to life on the island which, despite a lack of electricity, proves that Corfu is cheap and an earthly paradise.”
As the series progresses, complications seep into family dynamics and relationships, which see them part. However, it is important to note here that the show takes some artistic license which makes it different from the source material. One example would be showing the family moving to Corfu together when in real life, Lawrence Durrell, the eldest child of the family, aged 23 in 1935, had already moved to Corfu earlier that year with his wife.
That being said, ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ is the kind of relaxing watch you are bound to enjoy on weekends with your family around you. The show focuses heavily on beautiful sun-drenched sceneries, cute animals, and gruff old people who actually have hearts of gold. These eccentricities are what makes the show extremely charming.
Over the seasons, the series has maintained this voice, while also ensuring that the audience does not have to do much work to figure out what is going on with the family members. It appears as though the Durrell family has some sort of pathological aversion to leaving things unsaid, so in some families, you might have people who hide some feelings from each other, but here, at all moments, the viewers are aware of exactly what each family member is thinking. To keep the tone of the show casual, the problems they face are not too challenging either, and though there is some tension, at the back of the minds, viewers know that they will be overcome.
The Durrells in Corfu Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Durrells in Corfu’ Season 4 premiered on April 7, 2019 on ITV for the UK audience. It is set to release on September 27, 2019 on PBS for US audience. It was announced by BBC back in March that fourth season would be the final season of the show, so the makers were able to give it a proper ending and bring to a fitting conclusion a show that had long been a favorite among its viewers.
Keeley Hawes, who is not just a major cast member, but also an executive producer, commented on the show’s ending, saying “I’m delighted to be heading back to Corfu for a final series of ‘The Durrells’. It’s been such a wonderful series to work on and I’m so pleased that viewers have taken the family to their hearts as much as we have. It’s been such a wonderful series to work on and I’m so pleased that viewers have taken the family to their hearts as much as we have I have no doubt that the brilliant Simon Nye will give the family a fitting and fabulous farewell.”
Thus, ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ season 5 stands canceled.
The Durrells in Corfu Trailer:
Check out the trailer for Season 4 of ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ below. If you have not seen the series and enjoy a comedy with a hint of drama, then we would definitely recommend that you watch this show.
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