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Feeling sad that ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ has ended? Series fans, grab these great ideas to get your Durrells fix!
If you’re like us, you’re sad to say goodbye to the ITV series, The Durrells in Corfu. The series finale recently aired, but I know there are many of us who want more Durrells!
Recall, the series debuted in the U.S. in October 2016, and was based on Gerald Durrell’s, The Corfu Trilogy, in which he chronicled his family’s adventures adapting to life on a Greek island, prior to WWII.
Did you know that this was the third time The Durrells story has been adapted for TV? There was a British series in the 1980s that featured actors offering their best Greek accents. In 2005, the story was adapted for the TV movie, ‘My Family and Other Animals’. That time, there still weren’t any Greek actors. Third time was the charm, as the producers of the recently wrapped series were determined to use Greek actors. The result: a wildly successful series that captured our hearts.
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Read on for some suggestions to get your Durrells fix.
Relive all 4 seasons on the PBS website! You can also watch some behind the seasons clips about the zany family we’ve come to know and love.
Own the series
Would you like to own the series? You can purchase the DVDs on Amazon. The first 3 seasons are available on DVD – or you can watch all 4 on Amazon prime.
Books BY The Durrells
Check out these books, written by The Durrells themselves.
- By: Gerald Durrell
- Published by: Penguin UK (September 26, 2006)
Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise – My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods are available in a single edition. Gerald’s memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales.
- By: Gerald Durrell
- Published by: Arcade (July 1, 2004)
This sounds hilarious! “All of these stories are true,” states Gerald Durrell in the
preface to this fictional story collection, “To be strictly accurate, some are
true, some have a kernel of truth and a shell of embroidery.”
Find more books by Gerald Durrell here
- By: Margaret Durrell
- Published by: Penguin Books (2018)
In 1947, returning to the UK with two young children to support, Margaret Durrell starts a boarding house in Bournemouth. But any hopes of respectability are dashed as the tenants reveal themselves to be a host of eccentrics: from a painter of nudes to a pair of glamorous young nurses whose late-night shifts combined with an ever-revolving roster of gentleman callers leading to a neighborhood rumor that Margo is running a brothel. Margo’s own two sons, Gerry and Nicholas, prove to be every bit as mischievous as their famous Uncle Gerald – and he himself returns periodically with weird and wonderful animals that are quite unsuitable for life in a Bournemouth garden.
Sounds like several episodes of the series! Includes a foreword by Gerald Durrell.
- By: Lawrence Durrell
- Published by: Faber and Faber; Main edition (2000)
Larry really was an author! This book is his first published work and is a compilation of his journals from 1935-1939. He shares his impressions of the island, interactions with the locals, and more.
- By: Lawrence Durrell
- Published by: Open Road Media (June 12, 2012)
In 1953, as the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the world, the island of Cyprus bucks for independence. Some cry for union with Athens, others for an arrangement that would split the island down the middle, giving half to the Greeks and the rest to the Turks. For centuries, the battle for the Mediterranean has been fought on this tiny spit of land, and now Cyprus threatens to rip itself in half. Into this escalating conflict steps Lawrence Durrell—poet, novelist, and a former British government official. After years serving the Crown in the Balkans, he yearns for a return to the island lifestyle of his youth. With humor, grace, and passable Greek, Durrell buys a house, secures a job, and settles in for quiet living, happy to put up his feet until the natives begin to consider wringing his neck. More than a travel memoir, this is an elegant picture of island life in a changing world.
Books ABOUT The Durrells
Now, how about some books written about The Durrells, by those who knew them.
- By: Michael Haag
- Published by: Profile Books; Main edition (November 28, 2017)
Peter Karamitsos reviewed this book in the Summer Reading Guide 2019, inside our Summer Issue. Author Michael Haag l knew Lawrence and met Margo and Gerald and shares first-hand knowledge of The Durrell family. He culled information from his diaries, letters, and unpublished autobiographical fragments. Among many details of the family’s history, the book introduces us to many of the characters we get to know in the TV series—Spiro the taxi driver, Lugaretzia the maid, Theodore Stephanides, and others – plus things not included in the show. The book also continues the story of Louisa and her children well after they leave Corfu. Lawrence and Gerald both went on to successful writing careers and Lawrence is mentioned in The Colossus of Marousi that was written by his friend—the famous author Henry Miller.
Peter said that fans of the show will especially love this book.
- By: David Shimwell and Lee Durrell
- Published by: Hodder & Stoughton (March 31, 2019)
Find Louisa Durrells recipes for cakes, jams, tarts, scones, sandwiches, and more. The book also includes family stories and photos that will transport you to their Ionian paradise.
We’ve fallen in love with the characters on The Durrells, and that’s due to their skillful portrayal. The actors, some Greek and others not, have endeared us to this family – dysfunction and all. Let’s meet some of the beloved Greek members of the cast.
Before Spiro Hakiopoulos drove into our hearts, Alexis Georgoulis was already a well-known actor. In fact, the star of stage, screen – big and small – producer, and director is so loved, he’s been called the “George Clooney of Greece.” The actor, born in Larissa, Greece played his first film role in 1999 in Propatoriko Amartima (Original Sin). In 2001, he gained fame with his first TV role as Sotiris in ‘Eisai to Tairi Mou’. Many of us were introduced to Alexis when he played the tour bus driver — and Nia Vardalos’ love interest – in My Life in Ruins. He was also a co-writer in the Greek TV series ‘Kiinoumeni Ammos’, in which he also starred. Many don’t know that Alexis possesses many other talents, namely civil engineer, blues guitarist, and he’s a member of the European Parliament.
While Alexis hasn’t officially announced his next project, there’s surely more to come from this multi-talented individual.
The role of the police superintendent was played by noted Author and Actor Kostas Krommydas. Born in Stournareika, Trikala, Greece, over the past 20 years, he’s appeared on many Greek TV shows, including ‘Horis Oria’, ‘Oi Istories tou Astynomou Beka’ and ‘Erotas Kleftis’. I’ve had the pleasure to interview him and review several of his books. In Summer Reading Guide 2018, we reviewed his novel, Athora, a dark thriller set on a fictional Greek island. This year, we reviewed Lake of Memories, in the Summer Reading Guide 2019, a special supplement to our Summer Issue. Recently, I enjoyed his book, Cave of Silence, which I included in my list of October book recommendations. With his gripping tales that unravel in your mind like you’re watching a movie, Kostas has become one of my favorite authors. To date 4 of his 7 novels have been translated into English. We can’t wait to see what’s next from this master storyteller.
Theo Stephanides may have been a scientist, but in the skillful hands of Yorgos Karamihos, he certainly was not a stereotypical one. Theo had a sense of humor and a sensitive side. Born in Veria, Greece, Yorgos Karamihos has an impressive resume of film and TV credits dating back to 1998. I first came to know Yorgos when he played Manolis on the Greek TV series, ‘Matomena Homata’. He’s also appeared on the American TV show ‘NCIS’ and in the video game Assassin’s Creed. Yorgos is currently in pre-production of a new film called Road Narrows, which also stars his Durrells castmate Alexis Georgoulis. His characters are fully human, fully flawed, and very real. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next from Yorgos.
We often shook our heads at the family’s antics, along with Lugaretzia the maid, exceptionally played by Anna Savva. Anna’s talented portrayal of Luga made her a complex character. A “traditional” Greek, Luga often made fun of The Durrells, but she sure had heart. Her deadpan delivery endeared her to us – and to the Durrells, to whom she was part of the family.
The Greek-Cypriot actress was born in England and has appeared on British TV shows since 1985, as well as many film, radio, and theatrical roles. Her productions have taken her to places like New York, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, Jordan, and Cyprus. We’re looking forward to what’s next from this multi-talented actress.
The Durells Cast on IMDb
Well, that’s a wrap for The Durells, but we’ll keep the delightful show – and its actors – in our hearts always. There are so many ways to get our Durrells fix and keep the fun going. Enjoy!
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