[ilds] The Durrells tv series

Richard Pine pinedurrellcorfu at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 14:12:58 PDT 2016

I thought Simon Nye (who also scripted the 2005 adaptation) did marvels -
1) rehabilitating Nancy Durrell - whom Gerry airbrushed out of MFOA
2) really drawing out the character of Leslie, who is so often portrayed as
merely a gun-crazy buffoon, but who in this version is shown to be the very
bewildered and sensitive adolescent that he was in 'real' life
3) and altho I agree that Keeley Hawes was superb as Mrs D (equalling,
perhaps, Hannah Gordon in the 1st version and outplaying Imelda Staunton in
the 2nd) I believe the star of the show was Milo Parker as Gerry - he had
already distinguished himself  as the boy playing opposite Ian McKellen in
"Mr Holmes".
The production company sold the series to British ITV (i.e. commercial)
which probably explains why it was screened on a  commercial channel in
But none of this explains why Lawrentians continue to look down their
snobby noses at Gerald Durrell's writing.
And David, try it with a bottle of Santorini Assyrtiko and CORFIOT olives!

On Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 11:36 PM, Denise Tart & David Green <
dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote:

> Yes, season one of the Durrells screened recently here in Australia.
> Surprisingly, it was picked up by the 7 network, a commercial channel,
> rather than the ABC. Denise and I enjoyed it. It plays with some of the
> 'facts'  but is well acted and scripted. Mrs Durrell is the star and gun
> toting Leslie has a prominent role. Larry is more subdued than in some
> portrayals, most notably by Mathew Goode in 2005. Watch out for the vulgar
> but amusing captain Creech. This series is best enjoyed with a chilled
> bottle of Richmond Grove Chardonnay and a plate of Kalamata olives. Looking
> forward to season two.
> David Whitewine.
> Sent from my iPad
> On 3 Oct 2016, at 2:12 AM, Richard Pine <durrelllibrarycorfu at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> The 6-part series "The Durrells" screened in Britain this year, also in
> Australia. A second series is being shot right now in Corfu.For information
> on the series and the spin-off book by Michael Haag, visit the NEWS page of
> the Durrell Library of Corfu website
> *www.durrelllibrarycorfu.org <http://www.durrelllibrarycorfu.org>.*
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