In the first season of “The Durrells in Corfu,” Louisa Durrell moves her four strong-willed children (this season ages 12 to 22) to the idyllic Greek island of Corfu for a fresh start. Larry sets out to write his first masterpiece, gun-loving Leslie sets out to prove himself the man of the house, and Margo dreams of glamour, purpose and confidence. Add in broken hearts all around and Gerry’s personal zoo, and nothing really goes smoothly, but nothing is ever dull.
Fortunately, we have a second season of the family’s adventures with the island’s townspeople, customs and wildlife — from a spooky séance in wild weather to a cricket showdown, otter breeding and the multi-generational search for romance. “The Durrells in Corfu Season 2 on Masterpiece” airs on Sundays at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 through Nov. 19.
Season 2 finds the Durrell family in dire financial straits, as usual. They have a new landlady, Vasilia, an island beauty who holds a mysterious grudge against Louisa and insists on prompt payment of the rent. Desperate to come up with the cash, Louisa embarks on a bold strategy: sell homemade British delicacies at the village market. The locals are just beginning to develop a taste for scotch eggs and spotted dick, when Vasilia engineers a public health crisis.
Meanwhile, Louisa is being courted by handsome British ex-pat Hugh, who has an olive press, drives a red MG and wants to sweep her back to England. Margo and Larry also get romantic partners, as do Gerry’s otters. The plot thickens when Louisa’s dead husband gets back in touch, and an international incident threatens when the expats and Greeks organize a “friendly” cricket match.