Brian Blessed

The Durrells through the years

The Durrells (credit: ITV)

This is not the first dramatization of Gerald Durrell’s autobiography My Family and Other Animals to appear on television. The naturalist’s tales about his outrageous relatives have graced the small screen twice before, with a number of familiar faces behind the eclectic characters. Here is a look back over the more memorable portrayals of the Durrell clan.


Brian Blessed as Spiro (1987)

This week's best on demand TV

London Spy, Ben Whishaw, spy, espionage,

1. London Spy

Available on BBC iPlayer

The show ended in revelatory fashion this week on BBC 2. Written by Tom Rob Smith, it tells the story of Danny, played by Ben Whishaw (James Bond), who falls in love with a mysterious man, Alex (Edward Holcroft – Kingsman: The Secret Service, Wolf Hall.) After Alex disappears Danny begins to look into the life of his partner, revealing a twisted tale of murder, betrayal and espionage. A fantastic supporting cast including Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling enhance this tense thriller.