Image: ITV
Image: ITV
ITV has commissioned a second series of The Durrells, the hit drama based on Gerald Durrell’s novels which has wowed audiences and critics since debuting two weeks ago.

Produced for ITV by Sid Gentle Films Ltd, the series tell the story of Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes ) who makes a radical change and uproots her four unruly children Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, from Bournemouth to start a new life in Corfu in the 1930s.

Episode one launched on ITV with 6.4m and a 29% share – the channel’s best new programme drama since Cilla in September 2014 – and has since been seen by a consolidated audience of 8.2m, making it the most watched ITV drama of 2016.

Filming on the second series will take place later this year in Corfu and will see the return of Hawes, Josh O’Connor (Larry), Callum Woodhouse (Leslie), Daisy Waterstone (Margo) and Milo Parker (Gerry).

Sally Woodward-Gentle, CEO at Sid Gentle Films, said: “The combination of Gerald Durrell’s warm, witty stories and Simon Nye’s brilliance at adapting them meant we always knew that we had created something special.

“The audience reaction has been fantastic and I am delighted that we are able to continue the story and reunite the fantastic cast and crew who have become a close-knit ‘family’ on and off screen!”