“THE Durrells is not mushy in any way, ever.
“The cute stuff is always cut with very sharp humour and observation, so it’s never twee.
“That’s what I love about it. It is so clever.
“It’s such an easy and funny read. That sort of writing is some of the most difficult to do because it’s actually a little bit sharper than you imagine.”
Keeley Hawes talking to me about the glorious return of The Durrells for a third series, filmed in Corfu and Ealing Studios.
Starting on ITV at 8pm this Sunday (March 18).
IT starts on ITV at 9pm tonight (Wed June 5).
And comes recommended.
Presuming you have already read the background at:
Love And Marriage: Q&A 1
…here, as promised, is my transcript of the second Q&A at the London press launch.
With all the remaining main cast members, aside from Ashley Jensen (Sarah) who did not attend.
“DO not go gentle into that good night.”
There’s no drifting away in new TV drama series Love And Marriage.
The six part serial follows three generations of the Paradise family and has every chance of becoming another drama hit for ITV.
Written by Stewart Harcourt and directed by Debbie Isitt and Roger Goldby, it begins with Pauline Paradise (Alison Steadman) retiring from her job as a school lollipop lady.
She’s married to ‘Silent Ken’ (Duncan Preston) – a man of few words and, it appears, even fewer to say to his wife after 41 years of marriage.
As Alison Steadman explained at the press launch: “They forget to look and see the other person.”