Durrells writer hits out against ‘murder, rape and pillage’ on pre-bedtime TV and pleas for more ‘family drama’

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THE writer of The Durrells wants more “family drama” on telly instead of pre-bedtime violence.
Simon Nye hit out at “murder, rape and pillage”.

TV writer Simon Nye has made a plea for less violence to be on our TV's pre-bedtime
TV writer Simon Nye has made a plea for less violence to be on our TVs pre-bedtime

The fourth and final series of his gentle Corfu-based ITV show starts on April 7. Simon said it was “the right time to stop” the 1930s period drama, based on conservationist and author Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of books about his family.

But the 60-year-old, who also created Men Behaving Badly, issued a “plea to have more, for want of a better term, family drama on our televisions”.


He said: “It doesn’t have to be anodyne, it just has to not have actors looking grim, suicidal or furious as they murder, rape and pillage before our bedtime.”

His comments come after shows including Luther and Killing Eve sparked controversy over violence.

Simon, left, also said the Greek island setting for The Durrells, starring Keeley Hawes, made the show “a cross-cultural success story”.

In The Durrells writer vision of pre-bedtime TV we should be seeing less of shows like Luther and more shows like The Durrells
In The Durrells writer vision of pre-bedtime TV we should be seeing less of shows like Luther and more shows like The Durrells

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