The Durrells, Good Karma and a chateau


THE DURRELLS have returned to ITV on Sunday evenings to bring a touch of Corfu to our weekends.

This is the third series of the drama very loosely based around Gerald Durrell’s memoir about his life in 1930’s Corfu and is a perfect tonic if you are fed up with talent(less) shows and movie reruns. 

I like the soft storylines, the scenery and the fact I could watch it with my Mum and not have to worry about anything nasty flashing across the screen. There are few shows which could simultaneously carry plotlines about giving up on finding love, taking up the harp and juggling multiple girlfriends and still be OK to watch con mi madre – but The Durrells does it really well. The Greek sunshine helps to make you feel just a little bit warmer too. 

Immediately after The Durrells have gently guided us around their Greek lives, Amanda Redman wizzes us to Southern India with the return of The Good Karma Hospital, ITV Sunday evenings. I’m really not sure about Dr Ruby (Amrita Acharia) on that motorbike you know, the helmet must play havoc with her hair, but fans of the show will be pleased that she is still around to be put in her place by Ms Redman and to continue her strange flirting antics with Dr Varma; I say flirting, I think that is what’s happening, but Dr R can be so grumpy she will surely find herself heading for a night shift at Holby City if she doesn’t crack a smile sometime soon. This isn’t hard hitting, point making medical stuff, but it does what it sets out to do and I like it. 

Sticking with Sunday night viewing for just a little bit longer, I’m so pleased that Channel 4 are serving up another series of Escape to the Chateau. The Chateau de la Motte Husson is in the Loire and over the previous three series has been restored by Dick and Angel – she is the brains and he is, well everything else. Dick can fix just about anything and knows how everything works, frankly I could do with him for a couple of days in mi casa, just to pull everything together. 

Having ‘done up’ the Chateau, the couple are running an obviously successful foodie and wedding business and it’s lovely to watch. You might struggle with Angel’s hair and the fact Dick sometimes looks like an eccentric Englishman being Bohemian in the French countryside, oh wait, that’s exactly what he is! 

I don’t know what to make of BBC2’s new show The Secret Helpers, BBC2 Wednesdays. The format links people who need help or advice with random people around the world via secret earpieces. Family and friends aren’t aware of the earpiece advice as their loved ones muddle through their personal challenges. 

The advice givers include a Catholic nun, a retired NY police officer and someone in Denmark who is neither a nun nor a policeman, they just seems to be Danish. Now, the get-you-to-watch element seems to be the people getting advice. Show one helped out Dan who was left blind after two strokes and first time parent Brett who just wants to be a good Dad. You know I will be coming back to this one!

Looking ahead, The Voice is slowly drawing to a close with the knockout shows continuing on ITV on Saturday. I have no idea who is going through…  Happy viewing.

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