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Anyone going to try The Durrells (aka My Family and Other Animals)?

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YesThisIsMe Sun 03-Apr-16 08:01:18

These books were a huge part of my childhood, but a lot of people look blank when I mention them.

We saw a preview yesterday and we enjoyed it but felt that the people who'd brought 6 year olds might have been cringing a bit at the sex references, and Mother's gin-fuelled existential crisis.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 03-Apr-16 08:04:33

Is there a new tv series?

I loved the books and remember a tv series when I was a kid which was good.

Kirriemuir Sun 03-Apr-16 08:16:07

Yes me. Starts tonight at 8 on itv I think.

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Sun 03-Apr-16 08:26:58

I loved the book. It's one of the few that has actually made me laugh out loud. I think I read it in my early teens. Is there more than one then? I just read My Family and other Animals.

I'll give the programme a go I think.

YesThisIsMe Sun 03-Apr-16 08:29:43

Yes there are three Corfu books - the others are Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Sun 03-Apr-16 10:31:04

Thanks. I'll see if I can track them down. I was really obsessed with the first book at the time so don't know why I didn't know that.
Possibly Jilly Cooper took over. blush

gingerboy1912 Sun 03-Apr-16 10:33:33

I've got it on series link. Hoping I will enjoy it.

ThatsNotMyRabbit Sun 03-Apr-16 11:03:48

Oh yes I've set it to series link.

LOVE the books. Made me cry real tears of laughter and still do. I wonder if the same stories will be featured in the series.

Larry and the matchbox full of scorpions....mothers bathing suit....😄

ChessieFL Sun 03-Apr-16 11:05:51

I am really looking forward to this, hope it lives up to expectations! I liked the earlier series with Hannah Gordon and Brian Blessed so will be interesting to see how this new version compares.

diddl Sun 03-Apr-16 12:13:39

OMG! Was it really nearly 30yrs ago?

And before that I read it at school!

SealSong Sun 03-Apr-16 19:36:38

Just spotted this thread. Looking forwards to the first episode tonight (ITV 8pm). Love the books.

FruStefanOla Sun 03-Apr-16 19:45:27

Yes. I'm going to watch it tonight. I love the book My Family And Other Animals - and I really enjoyed the previous TV adaptation (1987 - where have the years gone?!)

SealSong Sun 03-Apr-16 20:10:17

Ahh enjoying it all ready smile

Oddly today I was looking at holidays in Greece. Must get something booked. Corfu is a gorgeous island; went there a few years ago.

Washediris Sun 03-Apr-16 20:14:23

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Cooroo Sun 03-Apr-16 20:15:25

Loving it. After the mess ITV made of Dr Thorne, they show they can do it after all! God I want to go to Greece.

FiveSixPickUpSticks Sun 03-Apr-16 20:16:15

Loving it so far.

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 03-Apr-16 20:23:11

Oh good. Loved the books.

Will start watching now.

Hope the magenpies put in an appearance. And Widdle and Puke grin

Kirriemuir Sun 03-Apr-16 20:31:37

Loving it. The scenery is amazing and I love the house.

ineedaholidaynow Sun 03-Apr-16 20:36:38

Enjoying it so far

SealSong Sun 03-Apr-16 20:40:39

The dialogue is good. "Have you seen Lesley?" "I try not to look at him" grin

Washediris Sun 03-Apr-16 21:03:44

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Greydog Sun 03-Apr-16 21:50:44

Watched the first 10/15 minutes and hated it. Keely Hawes seems too young or the children seem too old. So very disappointed.

DMCWelshCakes Sun 03-Apr-16 22:07:10

Also waiting for the arrival of Widdle and Puke here too!

Really enjoyed it.

YesThisIsMe Sun 03-Apr-16 22:09:40

She's 40 and Larry's meant to be 21, so I think the ages fit logically for a woman getting married in the 1910s. However the real Louisa was 50 when they went to Corfu.

PirateSmile Sun 03-Apr-16 22:10:15

I really enjoyed it. I read the book years ago and loved all the characters then and judging in this first episode, they've done a brilliant job.

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