New ITV drama tells story of Gerald Durrell's childhood

The series is based on Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs, including the much loved novel ‘My Family and Other Animals.’

The first episode of the 6-part series airs on ITV on Sunday 3rd of April at 8pm.

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Durrell announce cast for ITV series

Durrell has announced the cast that will be in the six-part ITV series about Gerald Durrell.

L to R: Christopher Hall (Producer), Sally Woodward Gentle (Executive Producer), Lee Durrell, Simon Nye (Screenwriter), Sam Symons (Script Executive), Fred Weston-Smith (Team Assistant). Credit: Durrell/Facebook

The series is being filmed in Corfu this autumn and broadcast next year. It will be based on Gerald Durrell's three books about his childhood on the Greek island in the 1930s.

Here is the synposis that ITV released earlier this year about the series:

Louisa’s (Gerald's mother) husband died years ago, she is in financial difficulties and her four ‘unruly children’, Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, are growing up. It is the 1930s, and a woman’s options are limited. Her solution: to move the family from Bournemouth to Corfu.

They discover friendship where they least expect it while they struggle to overcome near poverty, the language barrier and the occasional pang of homesickness.

But Louisa’s biggest challenges come as ever from within the family. Bright and courageous but realistic, she knows they will bring most of their crises with them, and add a few more.

– ITV synposis

Louisa will be played by Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Ashes to Ashes), Larry by Josh O’Connor (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders), Leslie by newcomer Callum Woodhouse, Margo by Daisy Waterstone (Silent Witness, Testament of Youth) and Gerry by Milo Parker (Mr Holmes, Ghosthunters). Leslie Caron (best known for starring in musical films of the 50s, such as An American in Paris and Gigi) will play the Countess who befriends Margo and well-known Greek actors have been cast as the Durrell family’s Greek friends – Spiro, Theo and Kosti.

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