"The Durrells" is based upon Gerald Durrell's classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs including the much loved ‘My Family and Other Animals'. Set in 1935, this timeless drama is full of warmth, humour and fun.
The story focuses upon Louisa Durrell (Hawes) whose life is in meltdown. Her husband died years ago and his money has all but run out. Her four unruly ‘children' Larry, 21, played by Josh O'Connor, Leslie, 18, a role taken by newcomer Callum Woodhouse, Margo, 17, played by Daisy Waterstone and Gerry, 11, with Milo Parker cast in the role, are going off the rails. Gerry is obsessed with animals and about to be thrown out of school; Larry is a would-be novelist but the worst estate agent in Bournemouth, and the middle two are hitting adulthood like a car-crash. It is the 1930s, and a woman's options are limited.
Louisa realises she can carry on struggling, marry someone comfortably off but oppressive, or make a radical change and escape... from a domestic pressure-cooker, British weather, uptight Englishness and narrow horizons. This is a rescue mission to somewhere her family can heal itself before it's too late. So, they uproot and move to Corfu!
Over six episodes we'll follow the Durrell family as they adjust to their new life. Along the way they'll meet new friends, rivals and lovers.
Alexis Georgoulis, the hugely popular actor in Greece, will be playing the handsome Spiro Hakaiopulos - an all round Mr Fix It, who Margo at first thinks her mother should marry, but Louisa has other ideas.
Leslie Caron stars as the shrewd and exotic Countess Mavrodaki who employs Margo as her companion.
A local, Theodore, played by renowned Greek actor Yorgos Karamihos, will welcome the Durrells. He's sane, wise and knows everything there is to know about the animals and plant life of Corfu, so is an ideal informal teacher for Gerry.
Gerry befriends a convict, Kosti, played by Christopher Sciueref, and when Margo and Louisa dig into his past, they are horrified by what they discover.
Keeley Hawes said: "I'm delighted to be playing Louisa Durrell. As a life long fan of Gerald Durrell's wonderful books, I can't wait to start filming and telling his stories through Simon Nye's hilarious and poignant adaptation."
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