The Durrells in Corfu

The Durrells in Corfu

Season 1

DVD - 2016
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Based on author and naturalist Gerald Durrell's much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels, The Durrells sees impoversihed but sparky widow Louisa Durrell make the radical decision to leave 1930s England in hopes of a better life for her children. As Louisa relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun, the Durrells face a whole new set of challenges as they meet new friends, rivals, lovers, and animals
Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS, 2016
Edition: Full UK-length edition
ISBN: 9781627899062
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (292 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 841887030441


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Feb 16, 2018

I disliked all of the characters in this series. Can’t imagine why I’d want to spend time with any of them! Too many other really good offerings out there! Whiners and nasty people don’t hold any allure for me.

Jan 23, 2018

I didn't know much about this family or the book series but what a delight this was!! I thoroughly enjoyed this and the drama and humor throughout! If your a fan of other PBS series (i.e. downtown Abbey, poldark, Grantchester) than you may also enjoy!!

Nov 30, 2017

I didn't know much about this show beforehand, although when I lived in the UK, I became acquainted with the names of Gerald Durrell and his brother, Lawrence, the writer of "racy" fiction.

I expected this to be, oh, maybe syrupy and sentimental, but it is neither. At times I found it laugh-out-loud funny. I have to get this back to the library, but I think I'll take it out again sometime soon and give it a second viewing.

Oct 09, 2017

How wonderful to see Leslie Caron again in this delightful series! I loved her so much when I was a teenager and she starred in movies such as "Lili" and "An American in Paris". She was in an episode of "SVU" (a series I normally detest) and she shone with her old talent and complete believability.
Some reviewers have criticized the Durrells and I can understand that. The first time I watched this series I had a hard time with the way the boys treated their mother, too, and other aspects of it. I tried to remember that "back when", keeping animals caged up as a sign of love was normal (remember Radar's menagerie on MASH?). I had goldfish and tiny turtles when I was young, and I didn't care for them very well. I think the current understanding of how we should treat animals well has really been just since the 1970's. In the neighborhoods I lived in, before that, hardly anyone had their dogs and cats spayed/neutered, or walked their dogs on leashes. Now, that's considered normal among most middle class pet owners. But it still isn't the norm among all classes of pet owners.
So I try to give Gerry Durrell a pass with his animal cages, given the times he lived in. And I've found upon second viewing, taking care to really look and listen, I am not nearly so judgemental about the way Larry and Leslie treat their mother. If you'll notice, they also stand up for her in ways she, and I, find quite touching.

Aug 17, 2017

I loved this series and wish there were more. My family and I also lived on a Greek island, for 10 years, needing to make a living, educating and connecting with expats. This happened years after the Durrell's experience and I found many parts of the series true. We even had our own budding animal collector (our living room was filled with caged snakes), a writer, and an artist. All the children read and reread Gerald Durrell's books and savored them. Lawrence Durrell's bio speaks for itself. As it so happened, we did not have to worry one bit about educating them during those years, they sought out experiences, listened to music, read, learned languages, connected with Greeks and, many other nationalities.

Mayflower94 May 10, 2017

Charming, delightful with the most beautiful setting.

Jan 26, 2017

Delightful! Watched the series on PBS and loved everything about it!

Jan 12, 2017

This was a complete disappointment. All the characters were miserable examples of humans. The young boy was sweet but his mistreatment of animals should bother people! I love Masterpiece Theatre and always look forward to its new shows, but this one was so contrived and full of the current Hollywood (aka CIA) agenda of blurring the lines of sexuality. The ending was HORRIBLE! People do not know they are being manipulated!

Dec 27, 2016

Delightful family drama, set against the ravishing, sun drenched backdrop of Corfu's scenery. All the characters that comprise of the Durrells family despite their flaws & frailties are unique & entertaining. So, Impatiently I await Season 2.

d2013 Dec 19, 2016

I found Milo Parker as Gerald Durrell (sweet little "bug boy") the most interesting character in the series. If there is a Season 2, I will definitely give it a chance.

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