The Durrells Series 2 crews up
A second series of true-life period drama The Durrells is in pre-production and has filled key crew positions.
Commissioned by ITV, the series tells the true story of naturalist and presenter Gerald Durrell’s childhood and his experiences living on the Greek island of Corfu with his family in the late 1930s.
The Durrells became ITV’s most successful launch since autumn 2014 when the series made its debut in April this year with an audience of 6.4 million.
Production company Sid Gentle Films has made a series of key hires in preparation for the second series shoot, which will once again take place largely on Corfu.
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Sid Gentle Films is a prolific production company and will soon debut its new series SS-GB. Based on the novel by Len Deighton and adapted by James Bond veteran screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the TV drama is set in an alternate reality where the Germans won the Battle of Britain in 1940 and the Nazis occupy London.
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