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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2016 at 10:52am
Thanks for that Elaine. We are over in June and August, so will look out for any 'action'.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2016 at 11:58am
We are there in August! Be great to see some filming!

I loved The Durrells, watched the series twice now 😁

There is on you tube audio stories by Gerald Durrell, telling some of his stories, great to listen too and last for about 2 hours 20 minutes!

Here is the link https://youtu.be/8oqc8dEHykM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2016 at 1:14am
When they were recording the series last year they put arrow signs on power/telephone poles at major road junctions presumably for the benefit of the crew/transport for the actors etc. They spent a lot of time at 'The Village' at Danillia which would cut down on snooping opportunities as it is private.

I assume the reason that they are starting earlier this year is that the weather wasn't that great last Autumn.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2016 at 2:59am
To be honest the weather was pretty good last Autumn, a few showers unlike the deluges of the last two days here. I believe they use the old village locations to try to keep in concept that it was filmed in the 30's and there are not many places now that would fit to that time era.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2016 at 12:29pm
I still have the first series on my Sky Box. Sky plussed it all and not got to watching it yet.

I loved the 1988 version and still watch it all these years later. I hope I'm not disappointed with the new one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2016 at 12:36am
To be honest you seemingly have a short memory as the weather was very patchy last Autumn and a rainy day is very expensive to a film production team to be honest.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2016 at 11:01am
Anyone heard when the second series of The Durrells is to be shown on TV? We never saw any of the filming whilst we were over in the summer and I cannot find news about it on any website.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2016 at 12:36pm
Not been confirmed yet by ITV.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2016 at 5:48pm
I was there in the first week of September. The house was set up for filming - from the beach below I could see a large light reflector in the garden. I presume they deliberately hang tatty shutters around the house too. The ropey aviaries had been rebuilt and even Alecko's sign was back hanging in the tree! I may be imagining things but the pink bike might have been there too... I shall have to check my photos. No cast I could see, but a crew member did turn up and lurk around a bit to make a presence felt while I was taking pictures from below, so presumably there's at least a few cameras on the place even when they're not filming!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Nov 2016 at 8:54am
Thanks Joefish, that's interesting. Where exactly is the house?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 2016 at 2:15pm
Ah, now that'd be telling! Not sure if I shouldn't make you work it out, like I did..? LOL

It's not far away from their real first house, but it's on the waterfront in the Kontokali area (pronounced kon-dochelly, as if it was Irish, I think!). If you re-watch the show you can see the two islands of Lazareto and Vidos from their veranda, not quite overlapping. So if you draw an almost exactly east-west line that just skims both islands, you can see where it meets the shore...

http://tinyurl.com/hcw85wh

Be aware that the sea comes right up to the wall half-way along, so you will have to wade through six inches of water to get from the little beach at one end to the jetty at the other end. And it is a private house, so respect the privacy of the owners. But at least the shore is public land in Greece so you're free to walk around from the edge of the bay.

Though you'll also see some odd things that give away the editor's cunning. There are two sets of steps embedded in the wall that lead down to the beach at the south end, neither of which are directly in front of the house. But through editing there only appears to be one. For aesthetic reasons they seem to prefer to show young Gerald descending the steps by the kink in the wall, but coming out at the bottom of the other steps where there's more beach! And Mrs Durrell talking to the convict when he's at the top of the steps and she's in the doorway. In reality he'd be somewhere off to her right. So not only are they not having the conversation face-to-face, they may well not even have been both present at the same time...

And all the activity takes place at the back door; the front of the house is never shown. Though you won't see this either. It's obviously not visible from the shore, and it's on such a large piece of land you can barely make out the house from the road on the other side.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2016 at 12:23pm
We sailed past the front of the house back in May - I've got some photos somewhere. I'll see if I can find them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2016 at 2:17pm
They were actually filming in our village Kavadades. Were supposed to set up on the defunct football pitch below our house, however due to a two day deluge that was not possible, so they set up in the grounds of the olive oil press instead. Know where they filmed as can see the really old house from ours. Can't wait to see what they actually filmed though.
Won't say anything about them trying to block off the road by the PO and being told rather bluntly by the Greeks to move it. Lol 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2016 at 3:58pm
Like you Elliemay, can't wait to watch the new series, if only to see the locations. Thanks Joefish for the details, it goes without saying the privacy issue is important. We had fun, a few years ago now, tracking the location of the houses Gerald Durrell wrote about.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Dec 2016 at 8:21pm
The location where you get a view down the coast from Cape Drastis to the steps at Peroulades is pretty dodgy actually - by which I mean fairly dangerous to get near, never mind for a film crew to be lumping kit around. It's where Mrs Durrell wanders off to read a book and throw nuts at some field mice - for some reason.

The track that leads down to Cape Drastis has the very best views from the top. As you descend, your view is mostly blocked by trees and reeds. You can either step out onto the cape (but you're limited in how far you can go now) or follow the track all the way down to a very narrow inlet where you can get a boat tour. (The rock shelves out just under the water in this inlet too, so it's fine for getting in and out for a swim).

But as you make your way back onto the tarmac road from the track and away from the cape, on the shore side of the road is a high bank, fenced off, with some olive trees. The scene was shot up there, looking along the coast away from the cape. But be warned, that bank doesn't slope off on the far side - at the top of the bank you can see from the road, there's a sheer drop of hundreds of meters, and the face of it is being eroded all the time. From the sea you can see fresh falls from the cliff tops that occur several times a year!

There are a few other tracks around Corfu which are scarily close to massive drops. If you take the service path from opposite The Orchard in Sidari, up the slope and along the coast to Cape Drastis, you go past the radio towers and you'll see 4WD tracks along the trail. There's a line of shrubs right beside the road, and they're hiding another shear drop.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jan 2017 at 2:46pm
Just found this. It's a BBC documentary from 1976 called 'Spirit of Place'. Here they've taken Lawrence Durrell back to the island. Charming to watch, and he visits the shrine of St Arsenius where he swam with Nancy, and Margo goes to sunbathe in the new series (although since she is subsequently spied on from the house, I presume it's supposed to be just further along the peninsula).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIOjaroRfEI

Having watched some of the series again (recorded on my digibox), they do show more views of the house - you occasionally get to see the front and sides. Maybe they were standing in the right place above the steps after all. They clearly had a bit of fun with a drone camera too as there are more than a few sweeping ærial shots, carefully framed to avoid the road!

Actually, as to the location of the house, there is a massive clue in the ad break animations. In the one of Leslie riding past on the pink bike, if you assume that's the main road out of Corfu town and you're looking out to the island of Lazareto, then that would be Kontokali on the left and you can see the house drawn right there (although in reality it's mostly obscured from the road).

As for the scenes that use the Danilia Village museum, am I right in thinking that the Police Station is the same building by the square that was St. Cyrils church in For Your Eyes Only? From what I've seen on-line it appears to now be owned by Grecotel, who run the Corfu Imperial, Eva Palace and Daphnila Bay hotels. I guess it's been tidied up for the filming and so they can now arrange tours or events or hold wedding receptions there.

Just remember to keep an eye on the background extras in the next series, to see if you recognise anyone, as they apparently hired a load of locals...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jan 2017 at 6:12pm
Really enjoyed this. Thanks Joefish
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 2017 at 7:33am
I have just finished watching the "Spirit of Place" on Joefish's link.
 Enjoyed it very much, thankyou for the post and link.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 2017 at 8:00pm
Thank you Joefish for the link to "Spirit of Place". So interesting to listen to the thoughts and insights of Lawrence Durrell's love of all things Greek.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 2017 at 10:44pm
Really enjoyed the link, just right for a miserable Sunday afternoon. Thanks Joefish.
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