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Our Zoo 

A drama series about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.






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Series cast summary:
Lee Ingleby ...  George Mottershead 6 episodes, 2014
Liz White ...  Lizzie Mottershead 6 episodes, 2014
Anne Reid ...  Lucy Mottershead 6 episodes, 2014
Honor Kneafsey ...  June Mottershead 6 episodes, 2014
Peter Wight ...  Albert Mottershead 6 episodes, 2014
Amelia Clarkson ...  Muriel Mottershead 6 episodes, 2014
Ralf Little ...  Billy Atkinson 6 episodes, 2014
Stephen Campbell Moore ...  Reverend Aaron Webb 6 episodes, 2014
Sophia Myles ...  Lady Katherine Longmore 6 episodes, 2014
Hayley Carmichael ...  Camilla Radler 6 episodes, 2014
Tom Hardman ...  Archie Radler 6 episodes, 2014
Faye Brookes ...  Frankie 5 episodes, 2014
Sally Bankes ...  Mrs. Pollard 5 episodes, 2014
Hugh Skinner ...  Dr. Barnaby Ford 4 episodes, 2014
Gary Davis ...  Mr. John Pollard 4 episodes, 2014
Jason Watkins ...  Ronald Tipping 4 episodes, 2014
Steve Cooper Steve Cooper ...  Mr. Ernest Fowler 4 episodes, 2014
Jessica Ransom Jessica Ransom ...  Mrs. Polly Ford 4 episodes, 2014
Jonathan Cullen Jonathan Cullen ...  Fenchwood 3 episodes, 2014
Karl Collins Karl Collins ...  Barlow 2 episodes, 2014
Shari Fox Shari Fox ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 2014
Simon Lowe ...  Gascoigne 2 episodes, 2014


A drama series about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

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3 September 2014 (UK) See more »

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Oakfield See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Lee Ingleby and Liz White previously appeared together in Life On Mars. See more »


The clergyman would have been referred to as either 'Rector' or Vicar' or else 'Mr' ['Father' if high Church]. 'Reverend' is actually a description not a title. See more »

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Based on the inspiring and incredible story of Chester Zoo
28 September 2014 | by jowijakSee all my reviews

The charm of 'Our Zoo' is that it is based on the incredible true story of a man called George Mottershead, who with his family in the 1930s had a vision to build a zoo without bars. This zoo is Chester Zoo and today has been named by trip adviser as No 1 in the UK and is the most visited tourist attraction in the UK outside London. Also pleasing to know is Chester Zoo has also evolved with the times and today is now heavily involved in conservation work.

George despite having no formal higher education was a pioneer in keeping animals in enclosures without bars. He wasn't very wealthy but was determined to create a zoo where animals would be happier and well cared for. Incredibly resourceful as well as being quite a risk taker, he was also very fortunate to have the support of his family, who had strengths which complemented his own and were willing to work hard to make the zoo a success. In 1930, it was the time of the depression and George was able to purchase 'Oakfield' a manor house at a bargain price at auction, along with stables,a conservatory, lodge and a 7 acres of grounds. The story is based on the struggle George and his family had to open the zoo due to local opposition, including that of the local reverend. George found to his surprise the local gentry taking an interest and providing support as many of them already kept themselves exotic pets. This is an inspiring story with all the elements needed in a drama to keep the viewer entertained. The acting is superb in it and the sets and costumes take you back to the wonderful era of the 1930s.

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