The Durrells: Interviews

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“THIS is really up there with the best of what I’ve done.”

Keeley Hawes talking to me on location in Corfu during filming for new six-part drama series The Durrells (ITV, 8pm Sunday April 3).

One of the most joyous productions I’ve ever had the privilege to write about.

I read Simon Nye’s sharp, warm and wonderful scripts before flying to the Greek island last September.

Having been a member of the Durrell Wildlife Preservation Trust for over 25 years and a regular visitor to their HQ in Jersey, this project already had a special place in my heart.

Also being present at Gerald Durrell’s Memorial Celebration at London’s Natural History Museum in 1995.

As the sun rose on our first full day of interviews on location, all the signs were that The Durrells was going to be truly magical.

Watching filming and then talking to Keeley and the rest of the cast simply reinforced that belief.

As did a trip to the house by the sea used as the exterior location for the family’s home on Corfu.

Along with a meeting with one of the two pelicans who play another star of the show.

The Durrells, set in 1935, is based on The Corfu Trilogy of books by Gerald ‘Gerry’ Durrell, including My Family and Other Amimals.

Keeley plays Louisa Durrell, the mother who decided to take her children Larry, 21, (Josh O’Connor), Leslie, 18, (Callum Woodhouse), Margo, 17, (Daisy Waterstone) and Gerry, 11, (Milo Parker) from Bournemouth to a new life in Corfu.

With screen legend Leslie Caron of An American In Paris and Gigi fame playing Countess Mavrodaki.

You can read my interviews with Keeley and the rest of the cast, together with executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle, at the link to the ITV Production Notes / Press Pack below.

With a foreword by Simon Nye and Lee Durrell writing about her late husband Gerry:

The Durrells ITV Wylie Interviews

For me, this is a perfectly written, cast, acted and realised series that will live long in the memory.

The Corfu sunshine blazing through the camera lens into our homes.

Quite simply enchanting.

Scroll down for more production photos.

ITV

Sid Gentle Films

Durrell Wildlife Preservation Trust

Gerald Durrell

Corfu Location Visit Photos

Ian Wylie on Twitter

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Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell.

Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell.

Milo Parker as Gerald 'Gerry" Durrell.

Milo Parker as Gerald ‘Gerry” Durrell.

Josh O'Connor as Lawrence 'Larry' Durrell.

Josh O’Connor as Lawrence ‘Larry’ Durrell.

Daisy Waterstone as Margo Durrell.

Daisy Waterstone as Margo Durrell.

Callum Woodhouse as Leslie Durrell.

Callum Woodhouse as Leslie Durrell.

Alexis Georgoulis as Spiro.

Alexis Georgoulis as Spiro.

Yorgos Karamihos as Theo.

Yorgos Karamihos as Theo.

Anna Savva as Lugaretza.

Anna Savva as Lugaretza.

Ulric Von Der Esch as Sven.

Ulric Von Der Esch as Sven.

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