Keeley Hawes to star in new TV adaptation of The Durrells

Keeley Hawes to star in new TV adaptation of The Durrells

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By Layla Haidrani,
Tuesday, 18th August 2015

Keeley Hawes is set to lead new ITV drama The Durrells.

The actress, who previously appeared in Line of Duty and Ashes to Ashes, is set to play Louisa Durrell the upcoming six-part series.

Set in 1935, the series is based on Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs including much-loved My Family and Other Animals.

The story focuses on Louisa whose financial means are limited after her husband’s death. In an era where women’s options are limited, Louisa rejects the choice to marry someone financially comfortable, instead deciding to uproot to Corfu with her family.

Over six episodes, audiences can follow the Durrell family as they adjust to their new life in the balmy Greek island.  Along the way they’ll meet new friends, rivals and lovers with appearances from Leslie Caron (An American in Paris).

Keeley Hawes said: "I'm delighted to be playing Louisa Durrell. As a lifelong fan of Gerald Durrell's wonderful books, I can't wait to start filming and telling his stories through Simon Nye's hilarious and poignant adaptation."

Each episode is written by screenwriter Simon Nye and is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. 

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