TV drama series reveals Chester Zoo founder's struggles

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Staff reporter (Chester First)

A NEW BBC drama Our Zoo about the founders of Chester Zoo will start in September.

The six-part drama will focus on the story of George Mottershead, the man who created Chester Zoo in the 1930s, and the impact it had on his family.

The story will follow the journey of George, played by Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), as an ex-serviceman who sets his heart on building the first zoo without bars.

The series features a large cast which includes Bafta winners Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax) and Ralf Little (The Royle Family) alongside, Liz White (Life On Mars), Peter Wight (The Paradise), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Stephen Campbell-Moore (The History Boys) and newcomers Amelia Clarkson and Honor Kneafsey.

The first episode will air on September 3, at 9pm on BBC One and it will run for six weeks.

George will face a number of challenges as he moves his wife, two young daughters and parents into a draughty stately home with a monkey and a parrot.

Mounting debts, no manpower and a campaign by locals to stop the plans will see George realise that creating a zoo isn’t easy.

The drama was filmed in Liverpool and Walton Hall Park in Warrington.

The series was created by award-winning playwright Matt Charman.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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