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The Durrells

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 23 Apr 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 17 2017 : Sat 22 Apr - Fri 28 Apr
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Returning
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Series overview
 
Keeley Hawes reprises her role as Louisa Durrell as she and the rest of the cast of the The Durrells return for series two of the popular ITV series.  The 6 x 60’ hour series is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
 
In the new series Larry (Josh O’Connor) continues to pursue his passion for writing despite a new romance getting in the way; Leslie (Callum Woodhouse) decides to explore his entrepreneurial spirit; Margo (Daisy Waterstone) remains boy crazy and makes a play for someone thoroughly unsuitable; and Gerry (Milo Parker), who prefers animals to people, is delighted when he discovers an otter is living close to home.
 
Daniel Lapaine joins the cast as Hugh Jarvis - an English gentleman who sets his sight on Louisa. But after her failed attempt at marrying Sven, will Louisa be ready for a new man in her life?
 
Episode 1
 
We return to Durrell family life in sun drenched Corfu.
 
A feral Gerry [Milo Parker] is sleeping outside, blissfully happy with his many animals that are also invading the house - Louisa [Keeley Hawes] wakes up next to a sheep! Perennially poor they forgo mosquito nets resulting in Margo [Daisy Waterstone] being bitten terribly and to everyone’s horror Larry [Josh O’Connor] and Leslie [Callum Woodhouse] are growing moustaches. Louisa declares that things have to change and decides to sell what meagre produce they can raise from their land at the local market. Being British they are given the worst pitch and must endure the baking sun whilst being shunned by the locals. 
 
A charming Englishman, Hugh Jarvis [Daniel Lapaine], invites Louisa to press her olives at his olive farm. It’s clear he’s trying to charm her.  Louisa refuses to be seduced but is unaware of the beautiful yet incredibly jealous Vasilia [Errika Bigiou] watching them. 
 
Whilst Leslie helps at the market, Gerry finds otter tracks and Larry, suffering from writer’s block, seeks inspiration for his novel by writing on the beach. Margo pays a visit to Pavlos [Nikos Orestis Chaniotakis], the monk from series one, and clearly develops romantic feelings for him.
 
Exhausted, Louisa returns home to discover that Vasilia is their new landlady and that rent is overdue. Intent on making life difficult for Louisa, Vasilia takes their furniture and suggests that the Durrells leave Corfu. 
 
As a delighted Gerry returns with elusive otter excreta, Louisa informs her children that they need money, urgently. They are to expand their fledgling cottage industry and sell traditional English food. Spiro’s [Alexis Georgoulis] arrival is a welcome ray of sunshine, although how will Larry and Leslie respond when he suggests they shave off their moustaches?
 
Work starts in earnest. Margo sows seeds, Gerry milks goats, courtesy of Sven [Ulric Von Der Esch], and Leslie embarks on bee keeping, resulting in him getting horrifically stung.  Louisa believes her scotch eggs will be their secret weapon and an awkward exchange with Sven results in the bemused Swede sampling her Spotted Dick and Toad in the Hole. This venture must work as Louisa has invested their emergency funds into it. 
 
Louisa struggles to sell her produce at the market until Spiro gives her some tips on how to talk to the customers.  Business starts to pick up, but can Louisa make a success of her new venture?
 
At the house, gun fanatic Leslie accidentally shoots Roger the dog.  He quickly takes the poor animal to the Petrides’ surgery.  Florence [Lucy Black] stresses that her husband is a doctor, not a vet, but Leslie is adamant that Roger stays with the Petrides’ until he is better - Gerry must not find out.
 
Could romance be on the cards for Louisa who warily accepts Hugh’s invite to his home? Meanwhile Margo informs Lugaretzia [Anna Savva] that she is going to become a nun!