The Durrells star Josh O’Connor has explained why we’ll see less of Larry in the new season.
Based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs, the 1930s family period drama launched in 2016 and it was announced last summer that the upcoming six episodes will be the show’s final run.
Season 4 is currently airing in the UK on Sunday nights at 8pm on ITV.
Discussing Larry’s departure from the Durrells house, actor Josh O’Connor commented: “From the beginning, it’s been clear that it was Larry’s idea to come to Corfu. In my opinion, that’s him desperately trying to reach out and move away from family life.
“In this series, we find him again in that situation of feeling conflicted between a responsibility to be the father figure of the family and also wanting to go out and experience life. He comes to the conclusion that he needs to pursue his writing and can’t just stay in the house anymore. He’s in a bit of a torn position.”
The Durrells writer Simon Nye has revealed that there was another reason for Larry to feature less in Season 4 – Josh O’Connor was off filming the new season of The Crown!
Nye said: “Larry was becoming too old to be living at home, indeed he only stayed intermittently at the Durrells’ home in Corfu, a fact which we have reflected in this last series – and not just because Josh O’Connor was concurrently busy being The Crown’s Prince Charles at various locations around Britain.”
The writer has also explained why it was the right time to end the series.
Keeley Hawes, who plays Louisa, has promised that the final season is “the strongest of all four,” adding: “We feel we’ve done The Durrells proud and we hope other people do too.”
Season 4 will air in the USA this autumn on Masterpiece on PBS.
The Durrells is available on DVD on Amazon.