Keeley Hawes reveals Louisa’s new money-making plan in ‘The Durrells’ final season

The Durrells star Keeley Hawes has given some hints about what to expect 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 begins in the UK this Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

Keeley Hawes, who plays Louisa, revealed: “Louisa is now running the house as a high grade guest house.

“With a new ‘penthouse’ floor, which came off the back of Larry writing an article and encouraging people to come to Corfu, slightly under false pretenses. But Louisa decides to make the most of that and tries to turn it into another one of her money spinners.

“She is actually very good at it. Louisa Durrell was a brilliant cook and obviously loved surrounding herself with people. She was a real people person.

“I think that comes across really well in the first episode of this series.”

She added: “It also gives us a lovely opportunity to bring other characters in that may only have been one line in the book.

“Our screenwriter Simon Nye has used his artistic licence and imagination to bring in some fabulous characters along the way.”

Nye explained this week why he decided to end the series.

Discussing how it feels for the show to be coming to an end, Hawes commented: “I think this is the strongest series of all four. We were able to throw everything at it.

“I hope people love the episodes as much as we loved making them. 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.