Sad news for fans of family drama The Durrells in Corfu: ITV has confirmed that the series’ upcoming fourth season will be its last.
The series was renewed for a six-episode Season 4 back in May of 2018.
Keeley Hawes will return as family matriarch Louisa, with Josh O’Connor, Callum Woodhouse, Daisy Waterstone and Milo Parker as her high-spirited and unruly brood of children. But the outing will mark the end of the series' run.
The Durrells in Corfu is based on conservationist and author Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of books about his family’s time in Corfu during the 1930s. And by the time Season 4 concludes, most of the stories in the books will have been told. It’s not entirely clear where the series might have gone from that point, and perhaps it’s for the best that we don’t have to find out.
Furthermore, the series’ cast has become increasingly in demand in recent years – Hawes is slated to star in the BBC’s new series Bodyguard and O’Connor has landed the plum role of an aged up Prince Charles in the third series of hit period drama The Crown.
It’s not all bad news, however: U.S. fans still have Season 3 to look forward to – it starts September 30 on Masterpiece. (It aired in the U.K. earlier this year.) Filming has just begun on the drama’s fourth season, which is set to air in 2019.
ITV confirmed the news of the series' end alongside the annoucement of beginning of filming on Season 4. (Networks giveth and networks taketh away, I guess...)
The Durrells return to Corfu.— ITV Press Centre (@itvpresscentre) August 20, 2018
ITV returns to the blue skies of Corfu for more animal antics next month as filming begins on what has been confirmed to be the final series of much-loved drama, The Durrells. https://t.co/W0lUjAmCYh pic.twitter.com/z876CcInjN
“We’re going back to Corfu for one last firefly fuelled adventure of love and mishap,” said Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle in a statement, reflecting on Season 4 as the final series of the drama. “It has been such an incredible journey following this warm and enchanting family come of age, but their adventures on the island have reached a natural conclusion. I can't think about it without crying though...”
To be honest, for once it pays off a bit to be Americans – we still have two full seasons of Durrell family adventures left to see!
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