Fresh off of handing out series orders to Prime Suspect prequel Tennison and an eight episode crime drama from Broen creator Hans Rosenfeldt, ITV has given the greenlight to The Durrells, a six part series from Simon Nye which is based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of Corfu memoirs.
The Durrells is set in 1935 and follows Louisa Durrell whose life is in meltdown. Her husband died years ago, the money has all but run out and her four unruly ‘children’ are going off the rails. Louisa realises she can carry on struggling or make a radical change and escape. She tells her family that she is taking them to Corfu. There is fighting and outright refusal, especially when they find out there is no electricity. But Corfu is cheap, and an untamed paradise.
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This scribe Simon Nye is penning the scripts for the six episode series, which is being produced by Sid Gentle Films Limited. Christopher Hall is set as the series producer, while Simon Nye, Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris will executive produce. Production on The Durrells is slated to commence in Corfu this September for a 2016 premiere.
“Gerald Durrell’s novels are some of the warmest, wittiest, books of the last century”, said Sally Woodward Gentle, who serves as an executive producer on the series. “It is no wonder they are so well loved. It is a real treat to be working on them with the brilliant Simon Nye. I hope that his obvious love of the characters and the material will be hugely infectious”.
“ The Durrells is a rollercoaster, adventure drama,” said ITV’s Diretor of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the series alongside Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “The characters are struggling with the eternal dilemmas of family life when Louisa sets her heart on moving to Corfu. It’s a unique and engaging drama and we’re delighted to be working with Simon Nye and Sally Woodward Gentle once again”.