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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2017 at 3:08pm
Originally posted by Chipembele Chipembele wrote:

I loved the 1988 version and still watch it all these years later. I hope I'm not disappointed with the new one.

I knew of the 80s series but don't remember seeing any of it. But I did just find a DVD of it. Somehow I'd got the impression that it wasn't shot on Corfu, but it was.

And Wow! That has to be the most horrendous child acting I've ever seen in my life! Confused
It looks like the director has tried hard to only give him lines when he's got a petulant reply or annoyed about something, but sooner or later you can't escape noticing that he barks out every line like a 6-year-old in his first nativity play!

Hannah Gordon is particularly good, and Brian Blessed just about manages to reign in his usual exuberance to about 'Greek normal'. Although the actors playing Larry and Leslie look like they're in their 40s. The whistled theme gets a bit annoying when it's repeated throughout the programme too; it's not very Greek. There's some humour in some of the absurd situations but it's all very calm and relaxed. I can see why there's been a lot of invention in The Durrells to add a bit of drama, or else it would have vanished without trace in today's TV schedules. I can imagine there was a lot of "Isn't the scenery delightful, Nan, I SAID, ISN'T THE SCENERY DELIGHTFUL?" going on in living rooms at the time. LOL

If you really want an unintentional laugh, watch it with subtitles. Because when someone says 'Kalimera' it just comes up with "[Speaks Greek]"!


The writer of The Durrells, Simon Nye, also did a one-off 90 minute version of My Family and Other Animals for the BBC in 2005. Imelda Staunton does a good turn as Mother, but again, Gerry is oddly cast. Larry refers to him jokingly as Mowgli at one point, but towards the end he genuinely starts to look it! Omid Djalili is Spiro this time and comes across OK, though when amongst the actual Greek extras he's clearly out of place.

Chris Langham is absolutely terrible as Theodore Stephanides; his accent jarringly fading in and out like Whitney Houston trying to hold a note.

You can see the annoying version of Larry coming along, that works so well in The Durrells, and Russell Tovey does a reliable Leslie. Though again, you can see he's been given a bit of vulnerability to make The Durrells more interesting, and share the drama around the family. Margot doesn't say much, but her annoying Turkish boyfriend is quite well done. She's clearly been completely re-invented as a charming but ditzy character for the new adaptation. Overall it's pretty good, but a bit rushed. They do go through the three houses; of particular note is that they use the one used in The Durrells (hurriedly daubed a different colour). The historical village is used for scenes too.

I guess one problem with adapting the trilogy of books too closely is, once you've done the first one, they've been to Corfu, gone through three houses, and left again. You're then a bit stuck as to where to start a second series. At least the way it's been re-invented for The Durrells it can run a bit longer. I think I'd actually be a bit disappointed if they did leave that house now!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2017 at 4:09pm
Heard rumours that the second series of The Durrells was due to be aired April 2017 but as yet cannot find anything to confirm this.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2017 at 4:44pm
Might just be a guess - the first series started on 3rd April 2016. Makes sense though.


Ah, presumably not before 8th April 2017 though because:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-03-24/join-keeley-hawes-at-the-radio-times-festival-for-a-premiere-screening-of-the-durrells-series-two

"The first episode of the upcoming second series will be screened at the Radio Times Festival on Saturday 8th April, giving fans a sneak peek of what's happening on the island."

Since ITV's own press page lists a few programmes already for that weekend and up to the following Friday, perhaps it could start Easter Sunday (16th), or (if there's special programming then) St George's Day, Sunday 23rd April - assuming they go with the Sunday evening slot. It certainly worked well enough last time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2017 at 4:55pm
Thanks. Was lucky enough to see them filming Autumn last year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2017 at 12:55pm
My guess wold be Easter Sunday, 16th April at 8pm.

They're currently showing detective drama Vera in that slot and it's due to finish the weekend before. You can typically view complete TV schedules up to a week ahead, and press information for about two weeks. So far we haven't seen any advertising for what's going to be on over Easter so they may be keeping back any announcements. Given it hit them as a bit of a surprise success last year they're probably going to make a big fuss over it second time around.

Though they did successfully milk the press coverage over the Sven storyline last time; I wonder if anything like that is already built-in to their promotional plans this year?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 2017 at 5:01pm
Originally posted by joefish joefish wrote:

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


Just found this too, an even older BBC film called 'The Garden of the Gods' with Gerald Durrell returning to Corfu in 1967. And some conversations with Theodore Stephanides.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1gCBfADKmE

What strikes me particularly is Theodore's voice - no hint of an obvious Greek accent but a peculiar way of saying 'Cor-few' that the actor in the 80s series seems to have been impersonating quite well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 2017 at 5:22pm
Also there seem to be a lot of people posting pictures of the house from the TV series saying it's one of the three villas from the book. It's not. The real 'Daffodil-Yellow Villa', Villa Anemmoyanni, is here:

http://goo.gl/maps/duHhC8zEsEJ2

The only thing normally visible of it is the main gate off the bay road just south of Kontokali:

https://goo.gl/maps/u7WHEp7MHF72
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2017 at 7:32am
ITV haven’t yet confirmed the airdate, but the first episode of the upcoming second series will be screened at the Radio Times Festival on Saturday 8th April, giving fans a sneak peek of what's happening on the island.

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-03-31/when-is-the-durrells-back-on-tv
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2017 at 12:14am
Ooooh, its coming soon. Saw trailer for new series on ITV this evening. No date yet, just says April ... Aud
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2017 at 6:18am
Trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gknv6CTACrA&feature=youtu.be
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2017 at 7:31am
They seem to have removed it Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2017 at 7:52am
What a shame. I watched it this morning.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2017 at 10:30pm
Try this.
http://insidemediatrack.com/2017/04/itvs-durrells-series-2-releases-new-trailer/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 2017 at 8:14pm
Confirmed that they will be filming a third series too.
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-04-08/theres-going-to-be-a-third-series-of-the-durrells
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2017 at 12:26pm
Yep, Simon Nye kind of blurted it out on Saturday after the preview!

Haha, I've seen the new episode! It's great. Can't wait to see it again on my own telly!

Little Spoiler! Little Spoiler! - it has a new animated intro, and if you look really closely you might just spot... Well... Now that would be spoiling it, wouldn't it? Wink

Suffice to say, as well as the trailer that's around at the moment, you might like to record the first episode on your digibox (if you can) so you can watch the intro again...

And if you've really got the time, see if you can record the trailer so you can watch it again after you've seen the first episode; much of it does come from that one, but not necessarily all of it... Geek
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2017 at 12:40pm
Funny in the discussion that followed the showing of the epsiode, it seemed a lot of people in the audience assumed that they used the interior of the house for filming, as well as the exterior, when it's (nearly) all done on replica sets back in the UK. Or maybe I just watch too many of those 'DVD Extras' afte I've seen a film! They explained they certainly wouldn't have space in the kitchen to fit a film crew as well as whatever scene is taking place, as it's just not big enough.

What was amusing was Keeley Hawes' description of filming, because as well as all the cameras, lighting and directors looking their way, the actor is faced with trying to entirely ignore multiple animal handlers waving and dangling various chew-toys on bits of string to try and get the (trained) animals to look in the right direction!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2017 at 3:17pm
We actually saw them filming in our village in Kavadades as there is a really old villa there where they filmed. They were originally going to set up camp on the village football pitch last year but as the weather was so bad and it was waterlogged they decided to set up camp in the olive press grounds nearby. Can't wait to see the second series as we will recognise so many places.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2017 at 4:00pm
Is that one of the ones used as one of the family's villas in the 2005 version?
There was a scene around the terrace of another villa that looked familiar, with several brick arches around the gardens.

I should skip through the earlier adaptations again to see if they used the same places. The villa they use now was (I think) supposed to be the second one, the Daffodil-Yellow Villa (which is in reality close by) in the 2005 version, where it was either badly painted or badly recoloured on computer. In The Durrells I think it's sort-of supposed to be the first one, the Strawberry-Pink villa (Villa Agazini), as that's what it says on Margo's postcard from Max. Though that's not allowing for all the changes from the books - for example Lugaretzia was the wife of the groundskeeper at the yellow villa, who they only met after they'd moved once. This is all getting a bit nerdy... LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2017 at 7:06am
Don't know, doubt it very much as to my knowledge they have never filmed in The NW before. We will find out when it is aired later this month. We can actually see this villa from our house and the gates to it are just adjacent to the Post Office in Kavadades.
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