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This is the story of the time I spent on Corfu. It was originally intended to be a mildly nostalgic account of the natural history of the island, but I made the grave mistake of introducing my family, who proceeded to take over. It was only with the greatest difficulty and by exercising considerable cunning, that I managed to retain a small space exclusively for the animals.
Once Spiro had taken charge, he stuck to us like a burr and became part of the family. Like a great, brown, ugly angel, he watched over us tenderly.
Look, we need someone who will teach Gerry, but also encourage his interest in wildlife.
- Why? It's just a phase.
It's been going on since he was two.
I feel that I should state that at the time we were in Corfu, the family were all quite young. Apart from Mother, whose age we never knew, for the simple reason that she could never remember her date of birth.
We're cut off from the world here.
-I suppose we've grown rather fond of our glorious isolation.
Actually, Larry thinks the world's cut off from him, rather than the other way round.
- I do now you mention it. Yes, I do.
Fine. But you may wake up and find there's no England to go back to.
- Oh, I'm... I'm sure common sense will prevail.
Why? It never does in this family.
Isn't it enough just to look at them in the wild?
-I like having them around me, making noises, smelling.
You're right. It's just like a family.
I'm worried about Margo.
She's been in her room for nearly a week. She's never refused food before.
- I saw Gerry with a tray.
Well, yes, she takes it from him.
Who was it who said, ''If you can control your family, you've gone terribly wrong somewhere''?
-Was it me?
My mother steered her vessel full of strange progeny through the stormy seas of life with great skill. As Larry rightly pointed out, ''We can be proud of the way we brought her up.''
''Description of passengers: one travelling circus and staff.'' An odd thing to write.
Back in England, Mother insisted I went to school, despite my protestation that I liked being half-educated. You were so much more surprised at everything when you were ignorant.
That's the problem with this family. No give or take, no consideration for others.
- You don't have much consideration for others.
Mother, you shouldn't have brought us up to be so selfish.
--I never did anything of the sort.
We didn't get selfish without some guidance.
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When the dreary English weather of 1935 gets to be too much for the eccentric Durrell family, they set off for the rustic, sun-drenched Greek island of Corfu, and the unknown.
Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Omid Djalili, Tamzin Merchant, Matthew Goode, Russell Tovey, Eugene Simon.
Masterpiece theatre (Television program
a co-production of BBC and WGBH Video
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