The Durrells in Corfu: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
The Durrells in Corfu

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The Durrells in Corfu is crisp and confident, offering viewers an escape into dreamy scenery and a witty performance by star Keeley Hawes.



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Air date: Oct 16, 2016
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Adapted from Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels, Season 1 of the family drama about British widow Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her children Larry (Josh O'Connor), Leslie (Callum Woodhouse), Margo (Daisy Waterstone) and Gerry (Milo Parker) opens with the family, for financial reasons, relocating from dreary England to the sun-drenched Greek isle of Corfu. However, the change of scenery doesn't change their lives as much as Louisa hoped: monetary issues remain; new challenges, some fueled by differing cultural norms, are introduced; and the relatively normal (and not-so-normal) issues families face surface from time to time. Among them: Margo falling head-over-heels in (unrequited) love and, later, befriending a countess; Gerry becoming tight with a former prison inmate; Leslie, after his mother tosses him out, falling into a life of crime; a visiting relative demanding they return to England; and Louisa realizing that a suitor isn't quite what he appears to be.


Keeley Hawes
as Louisa Durrell
Josh O'Connor
as Larry Durrell
Callum Woodhouse
as Leslie Durrel
Daisy Waterstone
as Margo Durrell
Milo Parker
as Gerry Durrell
Alexis Georgoulis
as Spiros Hakaipolous
Yorgos Karamihos
as Dr. Theo Stephanides
Anna Savva
as Lugaretza
Lucy Black
as Florence Petridis
Leslie Caron
as Countess Mavrodaki
James Cosmo
as Capt. Creech
Barbara Flynn
as Aunt Hermione
Alexis Conran
as Dr. Petridis
Etela Pardo
as Mrs. Vadrukakis
Ben Hall
as Donald
Jeff Rawle
as Geoffrey
George Kopsidas
as Crippenopoulos
Nestor Kopsidas
as Police Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for The Durrells in Corfu Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

This sunny and touching yarn feels like just what we need in these angst-ridden days.

Oct 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The series is a rich family portrait of widowed mother Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her four idiosyncratic children.

Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Given that talent for mythmaking, The Durrells of Corfu is probably as fine an introduction to the real lives of this remarkable family as could be written.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Nye's sharpest idea was to make it all more adult-orientated by bringing the role of matriarch Mrs Durrell (Keeley Hawes) to the fore.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Durrells in Corfu is an absolute delight.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Yet it works, because Durrell's dialogue is sharp and his characters well-drawn.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

A ludicrously dysfunctional very British family relocates to Corfu without a word of Greek, befriends a host of stereotypical locals and the odd, drunken Brit, and everything proceeds to go completely tits up. What's not to love?

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The series ends with a joyful, sun-dappled party and plenty of ends left untied in preparation for series two.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It is intended as 'escapist' television, as a retreat from a dark world and work on Monday morning, but I just can't escape my brain telling me, 'Three years, and not a word of Greek?'

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Even though it fits smack in with the style of most PBS dramas, this dramedy is full of really sharp jokes and an entire community of hilariously quirky characters. In fact, the show that it most reminded me of was Parks & Recreation. It's lovely.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The Durrells, is the perfect summer vacation you have probably been aching for. We suggest you pack light, and board the binge-train as soon as possible.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a light drama with entertaining characters, all shot on location and the gorgeous hills and sun-dappled beaches, and the cultural color of island life is as interesting as the human story.

Mar 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Durrells in Corfu: Season 1

  • Mar 11, 2019
    I just finished season 1 on Prime. This is a marvelous series, you won't be sorry, there's something for EVERYONE!!
  • Nov 19, 2017
    Dull, stupid, inane, a waste of time
  • Oct 29, 2017
    Funny and witty - can't miss a line or expression. Love all the characters and can watch the seasons over and over again because it is so packed with wit you miss out and need to revisit to get it all.
  • Sep 13, 2017
    The only thing disappointing about Season I was that there wasn't a second season! The actors are exceptional (little Milo Parker is SO talented!) and the script is fresh and entertaining.
  • Jul 29, 2017
    Love it! A family so mixed up, they are perfectly normal in the complexities of family life. When they argue you know they love each other unconditionally when it counts. Like most families each member is consumed with themselves until a family member is in need. Can't wait for season 2, 3, 4......9...etc.....j
  • Jul 02, 2017
    Love this show! It is a totally heartwarming tale about a family that is way out of their comfort zone. The little boy is just irresistible and has a smile that is adorable. The setting is beautiful, and I wonder if it was actually shot in Corfu. I can't wait for season 2 to begin!
  • Feb 04, 2017
    I really enjoyed the show, excellent cinematography, the environment and tone are pitch perfect and I'd highly recommend this jewel. I think it has the potential to be something amazing if given enough time to grow. I can't wait for season 2.
  • Nov 20, 2016
    Was watching for comic relief until it stopped being funny. Boo.
  • Nov 20, 2016
    We love British shows and this one is a new favorite. Great characters and beautiful setting.
  • Oct 29, 2016
    I love Masterpiece and wanted to like this, but the kids made it unwatchable. When the mother calls them "vile", she's not exaggerating. The youngest is a sweet saint, but maybe that's because the memoir is written by him? I'm guessing they all transform into mature, likable people by the end, but I'm not interested enough to watch that long. Scenery is beautiful, though.

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