Durrell has announced the cast that will be in the six-part ITV series about Gerald Durrell.
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.
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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The second of our three reports looking at the making of ITV drama 'The Durrells.' The first episode of the six part series airs on Sunday.
Our reporter Gary Burgess was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to filming of ITV's new drama The Durrells in Corfu.