The Durrells is based upon Gerald Durrell's classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs including the much loved ‘My Family and Other Animals'. Set in 1935, this timeless drama is full of warmth, humour and fun.
A feral Gerry is sleeping outside, blissfully happy with his many animals that are also invading the house - Louisa wakes up next to a sheep! Perennially poor they forgo mosquito nets resulting in Margo being bitten terribly and to everyone's horror Larry and Leslie are growing moustaches. Louisa declares that things have to change and decides to sell what meagre produce they can raise from their land at the local market. Being British they are given the worst pitch and must endure the baking sun whilst being shunned by the locals.
Larry is excited, his latest novel is being published in England today, however, everyone seems far too busy to notice. Even Louisa is more concerned with baking for the market. Gutted that the family haven't even read his novel, Larry is further disappointed when his attempts to show it off at a local bar go unnoticed.
No one, not even Louisa knows the exact date of her birthday, but upon seeing how much she is missing Larry, the family decide to throw her a party to cheer her up.
Larry's bachelor life is interrupted by the arrival of Louisa with a food parcel. Louisa admits that she misses his intellectual conversations but Larry replies with a cutting remark about her age. With Louisa unwilling to rush into things with Hugh, Larry informs her that soon all her children will be leaving home so what is she waiting for? Reluctantly, Louisa takes Hugh up on his date where she learns some shocking truths about Vasilia. Hugh is irked when his car breaks down and Spiro comes to the rescue.
A storm rages outside, so the family are stuck indoors. Aunt Hermione arrives on a visit from England with her friend Mrs Haddock, who claims to be a medium. They all decide to hold a seance to see if Louisa can be reunited with her late husband.
Louisa and Spiro tend to her market stall. He thinks she has bad taste in men, but she tells him he's just being over protective. Meanwhile, Vasilia demands that her relationship with Larry proceeds quicker than Larry wants it to.
Back at the house, Donald is tutoring Gerry on the terrace but having little luck as Gerry is distracted by a falcon trying to attack his beloved otters.