It is the final series of ITV hit The Durrells this Sunday, but everyone’s sad to see it go. Keeley Hawes appears back at a superb adventure and reveals there is nonetheless a likelihood it could come back…

When we check out Keeley Hawes on set in sun-drenched Corfu, the beautiful vistas of a tiny bay hunting out to sparkling blue sea deliver a gorgeous backdrop. But Keeley finds it difficult to talk about the finish of The Durrells devoid of acquiring emotional – right after 4 glorious years she’s going to miss anything from her on-set kids to becoming chased by pelicans!

Right here Keeley Hawes, 43, reflects on Louisa’s final chapter as she says goodbye to The Durrells and how she fell in really like with an owl named Ulysses…

The Durrells

Keeley Hawes will miss playing Louisa Durrell

Exactly where do we obtain Louisa at the commence of this series?

Keeley Hawes: “She’s attempting to move on, simply because she has to – she’s in really like with a married man and it is not going to go anyplace so she has to choose herself up. It is awkward amongst Louisa and Spiro simply because they’ve declared themselves, so they are questioning how to get their friendship back on track. She’s obtaining it seriously hard with her kids as well simply because Margo’s attempting to develop up and turn into a lady, and Larry wants to spread his wings. She gets quite emotional, so she has decided to concentrate on opening up the property as a B&B alternatively, but she only has 1 paying guest to commence with however, her second cousin Basil (played by Miles Jupp)!”

Which is your favourite of the new animals this year?

KH: “It’s weird, of all the animals I just want to have lots of scenes with me and this white barn owl, named Ulysses. He’s so gorgeous and quite trusting, I discovered it seriously moving acting with him. I had to hold back tears and Josh (O’ Connor, who plays Larry) believed it was so funny that I was crying more than an owl, he kept telling all the crew. But I’d in no way been that close to an owl ahead of and it was just so beautiful. Everyone in my life is bored of hearing about me becoming chased by pelicans now!”

Does the looming prospect of Globe War Two come into play in this series of The Durrells?

KH: “Yes, as the series goes on the threat moves closer. We can see Albania from the Durrell property and there’s a scene exactly where we speak about the truth the Nazis have invaded more than there. Louisa’s sticking her head in the sand a tiny bit, she does not want points to alter but there’s darkness on the horizon. She has constructed this superb life and they’re quite pleased and then all of a sudden this huge spanner in the functions. There’s no escaping it by the finish, they have to confront it.”

You are such a close-knit cast, how does it really feel to say goodbye?

KH: “It’s so bittersweet, we are like a loved ones now, I couldn’t really like them any longer. Playing the mother I’ve watched them all develop up, which is a privilege, but Milo (Parker, who plays Gerry) has a moustache now! It is seriously beautiful to be in a position to finish off the show and inform the Durrells’ entire story although, it would have been awful if ITV had stopped us earlier, specifically right after the heartbreaking ending with Louisa and Spiro final year. This was my favourite book and I feel we’ve accomplished it justice. I do not feel it could have been accomplished any much better – I wouldn’t alter a point. I’ll miss anything about Louisa… such as her wardrobe!”

Was it hard to leave the Durrell property for the final time?

KH: “Well I wanted to keep in Corfu simply because I feel Bodyguard was nonetheless on at the time! We’ll all be going back, the island is like a second household to us now, and we know all the very good locations to go to. My loved ones came out as well and we had 1 of the nicest holidays I can try to remember. The very best point is seeing people’s faces when the cast go out collectively, as they realise the Durrells are out for dinner!”

What can you inform us about how the show will finish?

KH: “Inevitably it is dramatic, but it is a quite Durrells ending. Individuals are seriously invested in the show, and I worried initially about the ending, but this covers all bases and it is quite satisfying. It is bittersweet. As for Louisa and Spiro, I like the “will they, will not they” point. I feel it would be quite satisfying on 1 hand if they get collectively, but there’s anything quite romantic about them not becoming in a position to. The scripts are some of the very best ever this year.”

Is this unquestionably the finish of The Durrells?

KH: “Well it is not like they left Corfu and have been seriously boring in front of the telly, they all went on to have even far more fascinating lives. I know we’d all be up for anything like a spin-off and I feel people today who really like the show would be keen too… I go to function on other shows now and I feel, ‘Where’s all the enjoyable stuff?’ I miss the animals!”