What The Durrells Did Next

1 × 60"2019


In spring 2019, the final episode of ITV’s The Durrells sees their idyllic Corfu lives cut short by the outbreak of WWII. But is that really where the story ends?

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. 

Fronted by the drama’s leading lady, Keeley Hawes, this documentary reveals the adventures of this eccentric family once they left Corfu. It’s an outlandish story of African expeditions, global fame, heartbreak and the establishment of a zoo dedicated to saving endangered species. We discover how young Gerry Durrell grew up to be a world-famous zoologist - admired by HRH Princess Anne and Sir David Attenborough - whose ideas on conservation revolutionised the roles of zoos forever. We uncover how Larry Durrell nearly won the Nobel Prize for literature, and follow the adventures of flirtatious Margo as she stayed forever young on cruise ships across the world.

With exclusive testimony from HRH Princess Anne, family members and experts, this film is packed with revelations and personal insights. With access to the archive of the Gerald Durrell Estate, as well as Margo Durrell’s previously unseen personal photos, this documentary brings each story to life in vivid detail. From the sun-drenched beauty of Corfu to the remote island of Jersey, this film traces the Durrells’ footsteps through visually stunning locations.