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ITV Drama series about Gerald Durrell's family has been commissioned

Gerald Durrell with a Guenon Moustached Monkey on 26th Aug 1949. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The founder of Jersey's world famous conservation park will have his family's story told in a new six part drama series commissioned by ITV.

The programmes are based on Gerald Durrell's memoirs of when his family set up a new life in Corfu in 1935.

It's called The Durrells and will be written by well know screenwriter Simon Nye and produced by Sid Gentle Films.

The Durrells is a rollercoaster, adventure drama. The characters are struggling with the eternal dilemmas of family life when Louisa sets her heart on moving to Corfu. It’s a unique and engaging drama and we’re delighted to be working with Simon Nye and Sally Woodward Gentle once again.

– Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama

Filming will be taking place in Corfu later on this summer. Click here to read more information about the series.

Gerald and Lee Durrell outside Buckingham Palace after he received his OBE Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images