ITV Orders Second Series Of Durrells After Two Episodes

ITV has commissioned a second series of its hit new family drama The Durrells after just two episodes. The series is ITV’s highest rated new drama of the year, and its highest rated new show since September 2014.

The first episode launched on ITV with 6.4m and a 29% share – the channel’s best new programme drama since Cilla in September 2014. The first episode has since consolidated to 8.2m and a 33% share, making it the most watched ITV drama of 2016.

The Durrells, based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of memoirs, tell the story of Louisa Durrell who makes a radical change and uproots her four unruly ‘children’ Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, from Bournemouth to start a new life in Corfu in the 1930s.

Keeley Hawes will return as matriarch Louisa alongside her fictional brood played by Josh O’Connor (Larry), Callum Woodhouse (Leslie), Daisy Waterstone (Margo) and Milo Parker (Gerry).

Filming on the second series will take place later this year.