Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children, ages 11 to 21, on this six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels. The Durrells in Corfu airs Sundays, October 16th - November 20th, 2016 at the special time of 8pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Co-starring as Spiros Halikiopoulos (Corfu's taxi driver) is Greek actor Alexis Georgoulis, who CelebrateGreece.com's Cynthia Daddona has had the opportunity to interview on many occassions.
Co-starring with Hawes, who plays Louisa Durrell, are Josh O'Connor as her eldest son, Larry, a budding writer on his way to becoming the famous novelist Lawrence Durrell; Callum Woodhouse as son number two, Leslie, an impulsive firearms enthusiast; Daisy Waterstone as daughter Margo, sixteen and man-crazy; and Milo Parker as eleven-year-old Gerry, who only has eyes for wildlife and grew up to be a world-renowned naturalist.
A tight budget and desperation drive the Durrells to sink their meager savings into boat fare to Corfu, where they hope to find a refuge more welcoming for their bohemian ways than the stuffy UK they leave behind. They arrive on an island with no beach resorts, night clubs, tourist shops, or even electricity—for this is 1935. What Corfu does have is endless opportunity for living, loving, shooting, and animal collecting.