ITV returns to the blue skies of Corfu for more animal antics next month as filming begins on what has been confirmed to be the final series of much-loved drama, The Durrells.

“We’re going back to Corfu for one last firefly fuelled adventure of love and mishap. It has been such an incredible journey following this warm and enchanting family come of age, but their adventures on the island have reached a natural conclusion. I can’t think about it without crying though…” – Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle

The latest series will see acclaimed actress Keeley Hawes reprise her role as matriarch, Louisa Durrell, for a final set of sun-soaked episodes.

She will once again be joined by young acting talents Josh O’Connor, Callum Woodhouse, Daisy Waterstone and Milo Parker who play her unruly and spirited on-screen children in the ITV drama.

Other cast set to return include Alexis Georgoulis as the charming Spiros, Miles Jupp  as hapless cousin Basil, Anna Savva as housekeeper Lugaretzia, Yorgos Karamihos as Dr. Theo Stephanides and Lucy Black as Florence Petridis.

Based on conservationist and author Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of books about his family’s time in Corfu during the 1930s, the fourth series will once again be written by BAFTA award nominee Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin) and filmed on the beautiful Greek island.

Following the events of the last series, the future is looking bright for the Durrells, with all of the family channelling their heartbreak in different ways. Choosing to keep herself busy, Louisa has opened the doors of the family villa as a guest house, but with Basil as their only paying guest, the business is still to find its feet and customers.

Meanwhile, Larry (Josh O’Connor), struggling to get his risqué Black Book published, is enjoying the love of two ballet dancers, whilst heartbroken Leslie (Callum Woodhouse) has thrown himself back into his job and shooting. True to form, Gerry (Milo Parker) continues to collect animals, ambitiously planning to open a zoo with a new owl and some lemurs joining the menagerie, and Margo (Daisy Waterstone) seeks a new challenge, starting her own beauty salon.

“I’m delighted to be heading back to Corfu for a final series of The Durrells. It’s been such a wonderful series to work on and I’m so pleased that viewers have taken the family to their hearts as much as we have. I have no doubt that the brilliant Simon Nye will give the family a fitting and fabulous farewell.” – Actor and Executive Producer, Keeley Hawes

The series was announced earlier this week by ITV, with an air date yet to be scheduled.

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