Episode Recaps

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 4 Episode 1 Recap

The Durrells in Corfu cast for Season 4  (Credit: Courtesy of Sid Gentle Films 2019)

Welcome back to the fourth and final season of The Durrells in Corfu! For the next six weeks I’ll be recapping the adventures of this quirky family of English expats who started a new life in Corfu with the help of a handful of devoted friends.

Sound the exciting new gong! The first episode of this season is all about transformation and moving on.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Highlights: Season 1 Episode 6

The fourth and final The Durrells in Corfu season debuts on Sunday, September 29, so we’re finishing up these season one highlight recaps just in time!

Last time Louisa’s disapproving Aunt Hermione tried to force the Durrells to return to dreary Bournemouth, Larry gave manual labor a try, Margo neglected her job duties and Sven and Louisa got engaged.

The main story of the season one finale is, of course, the last-minute unraveling of Louisa and Sven’s relationship. Also, Larry makes a difficult choice regarding his future and Gerry shares his menagerie with the people of Corfu.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Highlights: Season 1 Episode 5

Our The Durrells in Corfu season one highlights continue as we await the debut of the fourth and final season!

When last we saw Louisa and her brood, Leslie was in more than a spot of bother with the law. Margo was finding her companion position very beneficial indeed. Meanwhile the romantic tension between Louisa and Sven finally reached a resolution. All the details are right this way.

In episode five, there are two major storylines.  One is the unwelcome arrival of Louisa’s relatives on the island. The other is the quickly escalating seriousness of Sven and Louisa’s relationship.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Highlights: Season 1 Episode 4

Welcome back to our highlight recaps of The Durrells in Corfu’s first season.

Last time we visited the Durrell clan, Gerry had befriended a lonely convict, Margo tried out a job in the medical field, a broken heart landed Leslie in jail and Sven and Louisa began an awkward courtship dance. All the highlights are detailed here

Looking ahead to episode four, Leslie continues to question his place in his family and the world, Margo’s new job is pleasantly surprising in more ways than one and Louisa’s plan to make Sven jealous backfires. For all the highlights, come this way…

'The Durrells in Corfu' Highlights: Season 1 Episode 3

 Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) (Photo: Courtesy of Sid Gentle Films for ITV and Masterpiece)

With just less than a month to go before the debut of the final season of The Durrells in Corfu, we have reached the halfway point of our season one highlight recaps. 

When we last visited with the Durrells, various family members were struggling financially, romantically and physically. Fortunately, a small group of locals banded together to help their new neighbors. All the details from the episode two recap can be found here.

In Season 1's third episode, Gerry brings home a stray of another kind, Margo becomes gainfully employed and Louisa and Leslie find themselves at different painful stages of romantic relationships.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Highlights: Season 1 Episode 2

Welcome to our second installment of highlights from The Durrells in Corfu Season 1! 

As you may recall Louisa and her clan had just made the decision to move from England to Corfu in hopes of changing the outlook and prospects for their family. While the sailing was smooth, the adjustment to life on a Mediterranean island paradise was a rude awakening. All the details of from the episode one recap can be found here.

In episode two we find the Durrells settling into their new lives on Corfu. In other words, Louisa struggles to cope with a lack of funds, the very real possibility of malnutrition and a house that is literally crumbling down around her. Meanwhile the Durrell children (who some, including their mother, might consider feckless) are busy getting on with their own lives. That is until a scary accident unites the family once more.

'The Durrells in Corfu' Highlights: Season 1, Episode 1

Kalimera! As fans of The Durrells in Corfu are probably well aware, broadcast of the fourth and final season of the series is fast approaching - Sunday, September 29th at 8 pm ET on PBS to be exact. (As always, check your local listings for dates and times.)  So, as Telly Visions’ recapper of Durrell escapades, for the next few wee

Kalimera! As fans of The Durrells in Corfu are probably well aware, broadcast of the fourth and final season of the series is fast approaching - Sunday, September 29th at 8 pm ET on PBS to be exact. (As always, check your local listings for exact dates and times, just to be doubly safe.) 

So, as Telly Visions’ recapper of Durrell escapades - and a latecomer to the series overall - for the next few weeks I will be looking back at the highlights of the show’s debut season. Please join me on this little walk down memory lane in advance of Louisa and her clan’s farewell run.

ks I will be looking back at the highlights of the show’s debut season. Please join me on this a little walk down memory lane in advance of Louisa and her clan’s farewell run.

'Les Miserables' Episode 6 Recap: One Day More

Valjean, in high drama mode (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky / Lookout Point)

Previously on Les Miserables: Javert’s obsession with Val Jean drives him toward increasingly bizarre behavior, including disguising himself as a revolutionary because he’s convinced his nemesis is, like, trying to bring down the monarchy, or something. Why? IDK, the show never bothers to explain. It also never really bothers to explain much about the pack of students building barricades in the name of the French Republic, nor does it tell us most of their names. (Though you’ll know who Enjolras is if you’ve seen the musical.) None of this super matters since they pretty much all die, and at least the final battle set piece is impressive to watch. Elsewhere, Marius and Cosette are in love, Valjean disapproves, and Thenardier is still alive and not in jail. Whew. Need more detail? Our Episode 5 recap is right this way.

Les Miserables barrels toward its dramatic conclusion with several of the story’s most highly anticipated moments – The fall of the barricades, Marius’ rescue, Valjean and Javert coming face to face again. But as the story hits several of its biggest emotional highlights, there’s kind of a problem. And that is, we’ve run out of time to explain why people are doing the things they’re doing. Maybe the series needed to be an episode or two longer, or it simply spent too much time on Fantine and Valjean’s early days, I don’t know. But, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s hard to care too much about some of these characters when you feel like you don’t know them at all.

'Les Miserables' Episode 5 Recap: Do You Hear the People Sing?

Marius and Cosette in their secret garden rendezvous (Photo:  Courtesy of Robert Viglasky / Lookout Point)

Previously on Les Miserables: Cosette – now considerably older – convinces her adopted dad that she’s tired of life penned up in a convent and wants to see the world. She and Valjean move to a splashy new flat that none of us can tell how they afford, and she catches the eye of the world’s most boring youth, Marius Pontmercy, on their daily constitutionals around a local park. Valjean is unhappy, Cosette feels oppressed, and Marius whines about his lack of love life to his pseudo-revolutionary friends at the pub. Elsewhere, it turns out that the now-broke Thenardiers are Marius’ next-door neighbors and he watches them both discover and try to rob and murder Valjean when he stops by to distribute some charity. Paris is wild, y’all! If you need a longer explanation of what went down, our recap of Episode 4 is this way.

After four episodes, it feels like Les Miserables is finally ready to acknowledge the most bizarre thing that’s going on in this particular adaptation, and that is the fact that Javert has straight up lost his mind.

'Les Miserables' Episode 4 Recap: In My Life

Cosette (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky / Lookout Point)

Previously on Les Miserables: After another several-year stint in prison, Valjean breaks out, retrieves his bottomless secret stash of money – seriously were those candlesticks made of diamonds?? – and heads to Montfermeil to finally rescue Fantine’s daughter. Getting a tiny child to care for is the saving of Jean Valjean’s character as he suddenly becomes gruff, caring and kind of adorable instead of just feral and self-centered. Unfortunately, Javert is still stalking Valjean across the entire countryside of France and this eventually drives Valjean and Cosette to take shelter in a kind nunnery, where the Mother Superior breaks something like a hundred years of tradition by letting a man into their holy building and lying to the police. I guess Valjean must have a really nice face?

It’s unfortunate for Les Miserables that the worst part of its story is something that no adaptation has yet quite figured out how to fix, given that this character is a key piece of so many of its major arcs. And that is the fact that Marius Pontmercy is the worst.

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