I too had been hoping for this release, having read several of Gerald Durrell's books and also having been most disappointed by the recent release, with Imelda Staunton. This is so beautifully filmed (no wonder the BBC Natural Hisory Unit were involved) that my memory of it as a sun-filled oasis before a hard week at work was not disappointed, as 20 year-old memories so often are. The performances of every family member, and those closely associated with them, were memorable. Surely Brian Blessed was born to play Spiro? Hannah Gordon is an excellent Mother: warm but slightly eccentric, tossing a whole scorpion (mercifully dead) into one of her culinary inventions. I am resisting singling out the rest of the family for praise but a mention must go to young Gerry, played by Darren Redmayne: a most convincing Gerry, obsessed by nature, together with his mentor Theo (who I think of every time I say "as you know..."). Do watch it, whether you remember the original or not!