so i’m at home nursing a baby pretty much 24/7, which means i have a lot of time to read and watch tv while i do so (some of the weird perks of having a newborn?). to my DELIGHT i was told about a new show based on Gerald Durrell’s famous chronicles of his family’s years on Corfu.

if you haven’t read My Family and other Animals then you really really must – i can’t count how many times i read it as a kid, and even as an adult. it’s one of my FAVOURITE books. and i’m happy to tell you that the TV series The Durrells is also just excellent escapism.

as you probably know the story is set on the Greek island of Corfu in 1935, so you can imagine how beautiful the setting and costumes are. the actor who plays 10 year old Gerry, Milo Parker, is really great and you’ll recognise Keeley Hawes from the remake of Upstairs, Downstairs. it’s such a beautiful, feel-good period drama – the Brits are just the best at these – give it a go.

watch it on iTunes or at itv. screenshots from the show & official photographs by John Roger.

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16 Comments

  1. Lisa Fullstone Reply

    Oh my word the styling is amazing. Thanks for the tip

  2. linda d'Holt-Hackner Reply

    What a splendid find, thank you for sharing. Will plan a weekend of viewing, hopefully it will rain, so we can enjoy sun drenched Corfu in contrast. They all look gorgeous, will haul out the books for a reread! Woo! Hoo!

  3. Yes! I loved this series. It’s quite a departure from the book, story wise, but it captures the humour of the writing beautifully.

    Sarah x

  4. la funambola Reply

    I have to watch it, thanks for the heads up!!:) I remember that I read the book during summer, so it’s the perfect timing to watch the series!

  5. Watched the first episode last night! It’s a travel experience from your home! Love it!

  6. The Corfu trilogy are by far my favourite books too! This series was pure escapism! There was a BBC one off TV film of the book a few years ago, it had Imelda Staunton in it and it was so funny!! Definitely worth searching out if you loved this series! It was closer to the book which I loved.

  7. This is why I love your blog – so many new discoveries! Thank you for the intro, from these photos I will definitely be looking into the book and the show.

  8. What a wonderful bird is the pelican.
    His beak can hold more than his belly can!
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week,
    and no one quite knows how the hell he can.

  9. Thank you so much for the tip! Perfect discovery for a Sunday morning ;) I have read his trilogy (multiple times) as well as many of his other books from later in life and I love them all. A great person and great author! Will definitely watch the series!

  10. I haven’t read the book, but loved the show (watched it because I ADORE Keeley Hawes!) So glad it’s getting a second series as well. It’s a nice heartwarming watch on a Sunday evening!

  11. Any thoughts on how to watch this in the US? It looks amazing!

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