The Durrells

The thrill of escapism

Have you heard about the woman who named her new production company after her dog? She then went on to make ITV’s most popular new drama series since Cilla in 2014.

The Durrells, described by The Daily Mail as “a masterclass in ideal Sunday telly”, was the first show produced by Sid Gentle Films to be broadcast.

More than 6 million people tuned in regularly this spring to watch the sun-soaked, feel-good adventures of an English family struggling to adjust to life in 1930s Corfu.

This week's top TV: 2 - 8 May

Monday

Posh Neighbours at War

Channel 4

7.30pm

Quite aside from having a title to die for, the documentary offers an insight into some of the most vicious spates between neighbours in some of the most expensive parts of the country.

In parts of London where properties can cost tens of millions of pounds, the residents are unsurprisingly a bit on edge about noisy neighbours and their property.

The Durrells through the years

The Durrells (credit: ITV)

This is not the first dramatization of Gerald Durrell’s autobiography My Family and Other Animals to appear on television. The naturalist’s tales about his outrageous relatives have graced the small screen twice before, with a number of familiar faces behind the eclectic characters. Here is a look back over the more memorable portrayals of the Durrell clan.

 

Brian Blessed as Spiro (1987)