ITV returns to Corfu for a fourth series of hit drama, The Durrells
Following the huge success of the previous three series, ITV has re-commissioned popular Corfu-based drama The Durrells for a fourth instalment.
Produced by thriving drama indie Sid Gentle Films Ltd. the new series will see acclaimed actress Keeley Hawes (The Missing, Line Of Duty) reprise her role as matriarch Louisa Durrell for a brand new six-part series.
Based on conservationist and author Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of books about his family’s time in Corfu during the 1930s, the fourth series will be once again written by BAFTA award nominee Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin) and filmed on the idyllic Greek island.
Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country), Callum Woodhouse (Cold Feet), Daisy Waterstone (And Then There Were None) and Milo Parker (Mr Holmes) will also reprise their roles as Louisa’s spirited and slightly wayward children, Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry; whilst Greek actor Alexis Georgoulis (My Life In Ruins) will return as chauffeur and love interest, Spiros.
Described as “pitch-perfect period escapism” by The Guardian and “a warm-hearted creation with a steely core and mischievous twinkle” by The Times, The Durrells has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2016. It continues to be one of ITV’s highest rating dramas, with the first episode of the latest series consolidating at 6.7m with a 26% share.
Founder of Sid Gentle Films Ltd. Sally Woodward Gentle (SS-GB, Any Human Heart) said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to be making more of The Durrells with our exceptional team and on the magical island of Corfu – it is a dream come true.”
ITV’s Senior Drama Commissioner, Victoria Fea, added: “The Durrells has proven immensely popular with viewers and critics alike, so we’re thrilled to have commissioned another series. Simon Nye’s writing is witty, big-hearted and hugely engaging, so we’re looking forward to seeing what the fourth series has in store.”
Fans were rooting for romance between Louisa and Spiros during the finale of the third series, which aired earlier this month. With the pair finally declaring their feelings for one another, it seemed that love was on the cards until the return of Spiros’ wife made for a teary ending. Will the couple be able to overcome the obstacles to rekindle their relationship in the new series?
The fourth series of The Durrells will be executive produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd.’s CEO Sally Woodward Gentle and Managing Director Lee Morris (SS-GB, Da Vinci’s Demons), together with Simon Nye and Keeley Hawes. Filming is set to take place in Corfu later this year and Christopher Hall (Critical, Dracula) will return as the series producer. (ITV)