What the Durrells Did Next

Learn the true story of the secrets, heartbreaks and triumphs of one of TV’s best-loved families.

  • Fred Vigeant

For three seasons, Masterpiece audiences have been charmed by The Durrells in Corfu, the story of a hilariously quirky family who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island. In the fourth and final season which aired this fall on WITF, the Durrells’ idyllic island life is cut short by the outbreak of World War II — but is that really where the story ends?

What the Durrells Did Next, A Masterpiece special premiers Sunday, November 10  7:30 pm. Hosted by The Durrells in Corfu’s leading lady, Keeley Hawes.

What the Durrells Did Next is the definitive true story behind one of the best-loved families in TV drama. Lifting the lid on every family secret, heartbreak and triumph, it reveals how Corfu shaped the personalities and ambitions of each family member. It’s an outlandish story of African expeditions, global fame, heartbreak and the establishment of a zoo dedicated to saving endangered species.

Courtesy of Lee Durrell - Durrell Archives

What the Durrells Did Next A MASTERPIECE Special Picture Shows: Durrell Family Group 1951 For editorial use only. (C) Lee Durrell – Durrell Archives

The film describes how young Gerry Durrell grew up to be a world-famous zoologist whose ideas on conservation revolutionized the roles of zoos forever, how Larry Durrell nearly won the Nobel Prize for literature–but was deemed to have too much sex in his books–and how flirtatious Margo stayed forever young on cruise ships across the world. With exclusive testimony from HRH Princess Anne, family members, experts, and the actors who brought these beloved characters to life, the show is packed with revelations and personal insights.

Enjoy What the Durrells Did Next Sunday November 10 at 7:30pm.  This special will also repeat on WITF Monday December 2 at 10:00pm.

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