‘The Durrells’ writer wants TV networks to make more ‘family drama’ shows

The creator of The Durrells has a request for TV commissioners.

The 1930s-set period drama series, based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs, came to an end last month.

But writer Simon Nye wants to see more TV dramas made that the whole family can watch together.

Nye has issued “a really final plea once again to have more – for want of a better term – family drama on our televisions.”

He explained: “It doesn’t have to be folksy or anodyne, it just has to not have a succession of actors looking grim, suicidal or simply furious as they murder, rape, pillage before our bedtime.”

Nye then joked: “That said, if the few prewatershed slots are all taken I am available to write the latter.”

The writer recently explained why he decided it was the right time end The Durrells.

However, actor Josh O’Connor – who played Larry – has hinted that the series could return at some point.

Season 4 will air in the USA this autumn on Masterpiece on PBS.

The Durrells is available on DVD on Amazon.