‘What The Durrells Did Next’ documentary explores the real family’s story

ITV has announced a new documentary about the real family behind The Durrells.

Based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs, the 1930s family period drama launched in 2016 and the last ever episode will air in the UK this Sunday evening.

Fans of The Durrells have something to soften the blow, however, thanks to a new one-off programme the following weekend.

What The Durrells Did Next will air at 7pm on Sunday 19th May on ITV and will then be available to watch online on the ITV Hub in the UK.

The 60-minute documentary will be hosted by Bodyguard actress Keeley Hawes, who plays Louisa in The Durrells.

Telling “the definitive true story behind one of the best-loved families in TV drama,” it will reveal what the eccentric clan got up to after they left Corfu.

The official synopsis says: “Lifting the lid on every family secret, heartbreak and triumph, it’s an outlandish story of African expeditions, global fame and the establishment of a zoo dedicated to saving endangered species.”

The final season of The Durrells in Corfu will air in the USA this autumn on Masterpiece on PBS and we expect that What The Durrells Did Next will also be shown on PBS at some point.

The show’s writer Simon Nye recently explained why he decided it was the right time to end the series.

The Durrells is available on DVD on Amazon.