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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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The story of Chester Zoo
14 December 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Lee Ingleby plays George Mottershead, a wounded ex First World War soldier left with post traumatic stress. He has a loving family and loves animals.

Helped by money from his parents he purchases a manor in the early 1930s and turns it to Chester Zoo but has to deal with some opposition from prominent locals and officialdom.

Of course despite the hardship George endures, we realise that he will eventually triumph as Chester Zoo is still going strong and this is inspired by true events. However as with the feature film 'We bought a Zoo' the series is more about the journey, triumphing over adversity and being together as a family. The series also has the feel good factor of exotic animals being introduced to the grim north of the 1930s and allowing the makers to have dimly lit interiors and some two dimensional villains who think George is having a delusional flight of fancy.

George might be an idealist and you do find yourself rooting for him there is something rather derivative about Our Zoo. Maybe it wants to channel the success of Call the Midwife but got nowhere near reaching the levels of All Creatures Great and Small and not helped by its grim colours and gloomy mood. A drama about a zoo should had been bright and colourful.

The show never quite took off in the ratings and ended up being cancelled after one series by the BBC.

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