The Durrells in Corfu

The Durells Picnic in the Ocean
 

Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children, ages 11 to 21, on this six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels. A tight budget and desperation drive the Durrells to sink their meager savings into boat fare to Corfu, where they hope to find a refuge more welcoming for their bohemian ways than the stuffy UK they leave behind. They arrive on an island with no beach resorts, night clubs, tourist shops, or even electricity—for this is 1935. What Corfu does have is endless opportunity for living, loving, shooting, and animal collecting.

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