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ITV has commissioned a second series of family drama The Durrells after just two episodes. The series is ITV’s best rating new drama of the year and its highest rating new show since September 2014.

“The combination of Gerald Durrell’s warm, witty stories and Simon Nye’s brilliance at adapting them meant we always knew that we had created something special. The audience reaction has been fantastic and I am delighted that we are able to continue the story and reunite the fantastic cast and crew who have become a close-knit ‘family’ on and off screen!” – Sally Woodward-Gentle, CEO at Sid Gentle Films Ltd

The first episode launched on ITV with 6.4m and a 29% share – the channel’s best new programme drama since Cilla in September 2014. The first episode has since consolidated to 8.2m and a 33% share, making it the most watched ITV drama of 2016. The Durrells, based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of memoirs, tell the story of Louisa Durrell who makes a radical change and uproots her four unruly ‘children’ Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, from Bournemouth to start a new life in Corfu in the 1930s.

Keeley Hawes will return as matriarch Louisa alongside her fictional brood played by Josh O’Connor (Larry), Callum Woodhouse (Leslie), Daisy Waterstone (Margo) and Milo Parker (Gerry). The series, based on Gerald Durrell’s novels, is written by Simon Nye and produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. Filming on the second series will take place later this year in Corfu.

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