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Season 3 premieres this month.

If you’re dreaming of a seaside getaway, look no further than your television set, because there’s a Masterpiece series on PBS that you simply must see. It’s The Durrells in Corfu, a show about a family that moves to the gorgeous Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s. As soon as they land, eccentricities emerge and hijinks ensue. Adapting to life on the island isn’t easy, but it sure is picturesque.

The series is adapted from the books My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; and The Garden of the Gods, a trilogy which recounts the four years that author and naturalist Gerald Durrell spent on Corfu with his family during childhood. Durrell was a noted steward of environmental causes and established the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust as well as the Jersey Zoo, which is located on the island of Jersey.

Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs, Bodyguard) stars in the dramedy as Louisa Durrell, a widow who uproots her family (including her four troublesome children, who range in age from 11 to 21) and moves them from Bournemouth, England, to Corfu. The series also stars Josh O’Connor (Florence Foster Jenkins, God’s Own Country), Callum Woodhouse (B&B, The Hoist), Daisy Waterstone (Testament of Youth, And Then There Were None), and Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) as the four Durrell children: Larry, Leslie, Margo, and Gerald. When they return in the Season 3 trailer, Larry, the eldest, is writing his third novel; Leslie has a girlfriend his family hasn't met; Margo has broken up with her boyfriend; and Gerald, "as ever, prefers his animal family to his human one."

Watch the Season 3 trailer:

The first two seasons of The Durrells in Corfu had six episodes each, and the third season is gearing up to premiere on PBS this month. You can catch up on Season 1 and Season 2 of the series at pbs.org with a Thirteen Passport Video subscription. Season 3 premieres on Sunday, September 30 at 8/7c on Masterpiece on PBS.

For other shows to add to your PBS to-watch list, be sure to check out The Miniaturist and Victoria.

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Have you seen the first two seasons of The Durrells in Corfu? Will you be tuning in to Season 3 on PBS this fall?