Eccentric escape





at home

You can move away, you can run away even, but, 90 percent of the time, your quirks and fears and troubles stow away with you. I know this because I have moved a lot, and sometimes a long way.

This is the underlying theme of a new TV show called The Durrells. Thankfully, the quirks, fears and troubles that follow the Durrell family from Bournemouth in the UK to the Greek island of Corfu are also frequently adorable, affectionate, and genuinely funny.

Oh my gosh, I am so in love with this eccentric family of misfits and, in particular, with their mother Louisa, who is most often at her wits’ end but is also my hero.

The series is inspired by the trilogy of books by Gerald Durrell. Remember My Family and Other Animals? My father gave me this book when I was a child, telling me how much he had loved it when he was a child. So now I can’t think about the book without thinking about my father, which makes it doubly joyful to revisit the hapless Durrells in their warm and sunlit world.

In fact I never want to leave that world. A fruitless wish, since there are only six episodes to a season, but thankfully I hear a second season is already in the making.

And in the meantime, since summer is only just around the corner here in Australia, I am going to take a leaf out of the Durrells’ book and eat lunch in the ocean, to keep cool. Tablecloth included. It looks kind of perfect, don’t you think?

ps. more of my favourite TV shows here and here


  • Deb @ Blossom Bomb

    I’m in love with this series too. And you know what? The penny only dropped yesterday (whilst I was catching up on some episodes)that Gerald is in fact THE Gerald Durrell! I had no idea!

  • Deb Baker

    Oh my goodness!! I thought I was the only person watching this show. I am in love with it and had no-one to talk to. I want to be Louisa too. She’s so wonderful. So disappointing when it ended. However I did a quick google search and found, yes, they are making a new series. It’s a long wait though!

  • Emma

    I am completely in love with the tv series, unfortunately, none of my friends watch it. I watch it with my parents and older brother and I recently started reading my family and other animals, whoever unfortunately due to school I haven’t read as much as I would’ve liked to. I can’t wait to finish the book and I’m ecstatic for the new season!

  • Dorothy

    This series will be starting in a few weeks here in the U.S. The advertisements look very good but, after reading your comments I can’t wait to also get lost in a good story. I’ll have to check out the books too. Thanks.

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