Posts by Carmen Croghan

In Memoriam 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, we here at Telly Visions would like to pause to remember some of the performers and public figures we have lost over the past twelve months.

These losses have touched the fields of television, film, literature, music, science and sports. You may not be familiar with all of them, but each was an icon beloved by the British public for the laughter, thrills and enlightenment they provided. They will continue to live on in our memories through the work they left behind.

'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special 2018 Recap

Fred Buckle (CLIFF PARISI) drives his rocket sleigh through Poplar as his wife Violet (ANNABELLE APSION) looks on (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Production/BBC)

Happy Christmas! If you're reading this, you must have just recently watched the latest Call the Midwife holiday special, most likely while enjoying a lovely cuppa with a delicious mince pie or piece of snowman cake. Our friends from Poplar encountered adversity this Christmas season, but kindness and joy outweighed the sorrow.

This holiday season, the Nonnatus Sisters returned to the Mother House to choose a new spiritual leader, care for some newly arrived orphans and help a former resident reunite with her only living family. Meanwhile Trixie came back to Poplar, fashionable as ever and ready to care for her patients better than any hospital. Read on for the rest of the details...

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 3 Finale Recap

Spiro (ALEXIS GEORGOULIS), Louisa Durrell (KEELEY HAWES), Margo Durrell (DAISY WATERSTONE), Gerald Durrell (MILO PARKER) & Lawrence Durrell (JOSH O’CONNOR) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE)

Last week, the Durrells had their hands full. Two friends needed rescuing - one from jail and one from dispair. Plus disappointing news arrived from England concerning an expected financial windfall was not to be after all. The full recap of last week's installment of The Durrells in Corfu can be found here

This week's season finale, on the other hand, turned out to be something like a chain reaction of toppling love dominos. Louisa and her three eldest children find themselves in the thick of relationship highs and lows while Gerry is concerned for the emotional welfare of their most recent animal lodger, Frank the sloth. But first, let’s examine the how the Durrells came to join the circus.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

 Louisa Durrell (KEELEY HAWES) & Spiro (ALEXIS GEORGOULIS)                 Credit: Courtesy of Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE

In this episode, we find Louisa Durrell a woman focused on at least two missions – the release of her former fiancé from police custody and the task of bringing her best friend, and very obvious object of her affection, out of the downward spiral he finds himself in. Add to this a philosophical feud between to her two oldest sons, hosting famous American writer and nudist Henry Miller (Trevor White) as a houseguest, waiting to discover the fate of a long-awaited inheritance and trying to break her youngest child of a rather inconvenient vegetarian habit and you realize it’s just a typical week for The Durrells in Corfu.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 3 Episode 6 Recap

This week on The Durrells in Corfu, we find the island has been descended upon by a plague-like swarm of mosquitos. The Durrells, suited up in full-on beekeeping gear, are undeterred in their preparations for Gerry’s birthday celebration. Though Louisa finally concedes they’ll have to move the party indoors, she is bound and determined to make this day a memorable one for her little boy, even as Lugaretiza warns that Gerry has changed. More to the point, he’s growing up without his mother noticing. Larry says in other cultures Gerry would be put through terrifying rituals at his age from teeth filing to adolescent circumcision. Meanwhile, Louisa is planning activities suitable for a five-year-old rather than a newly minted teenager.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 3 Episode 5 Recap

Spiro (ALEXIS GEORGOULIS) & Louisa Durrell (KEELEY HAWES) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE)

The theme of this week’s The Durrells in Corfu episode seems to be infatuation - be it puppy love, a girl crush or that perceived perfection that makes you take a look at your own imperfect life.

We find Mrs. Durrell enjoying a leisurely weekend breakfast with her children though Leslie tells her she doesn’t need them anymore since Frank (the sloth) came along. She insists her hobby will always be her children which she refers to as “my own darling sloths.” The lately absent Spiro shows up at the Durrell abode and gets a big hug from Margo. He informs them he’s been chauffeuring a new family from Italy who, like them, have come to the island to start a new life. The Ferraris live in the expensive villa across the way. And according to Spiro, they are charming, perfect and the Durrells will love them. This seems highly unlikely, however; as Louisa already looks a tad jealous.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 3, Episode 4 Recap

Louisa (Keeley Hawes), Headmistress (Noni Ioannidou) & Gerry (Milo Parker)  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE)

In this week's episode of The Durrells in Corfu, we find Louisa basking in the beauty of her adopted home, relaxing with what she calls “sunshine in a glass.” Only Gerry’s ever-present menagerie can harsh her mellow. Soon Margo and Leslie come home from their fulfilling new jobs with talk of furballs and shoplifters. Leslie is also the bearer of a telegram from Larry, currently on holiday in Athens. He’s met Indian Prince Jeejeebuoy and informs them he’ll be arriving for a short stay tomorrow. Though she’s not making any concessions just because he’s royalty, Louisa thinks there’s no harm in a little spring clean. Her children are not likewise inspired.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Season 3, Episode 3 Recap

Spiro (Alexis Georgoulis) plays protective father figure to Margo (Daisy Waterstone). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE)

For the first time since we were introduced to the titular family of The Durrells in Corfu over two seasons ago, a small contingent of Durrells have returned to their rainy, uninspiring hometown of Bournemouth in the Southwest of England. Louisa has made the journey out of duty, while Larry is hopeful that a change in venue will help jumpstart his writing career.

Meanwhile, the younger Durrells have stayed behind at their Corfu homestead where they laze around the house and patently ignore all of their mother’s instructions. With Leslie on security, Gerry on animal welfare and Margo on diplomatic relations, it's anyone's guess how they'll fare until their mother returns.

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