Our Zoo

Date: 20.08.2014     Last updated: 20.08.2014 at 12.11
Category: BBC One; Drama
New six-part BBC One drama Our Zoo is based on the inspiring real story of the Mottershead family who established Chester Zoo in the 1930s.  

With incredible single-mindedness, George Mottershead drove himself and his family to realise his ambition to transform a ramshackle house, on the outskirts of Chester, into a unique zoo that would change the way animals are kept for forever.

The drama follows George’s inspiring and challenging journey as he moves his wife, two young daughters and parents - along with a monkey and a parrot - into a draughty old stately home. With a derelict plot of land, mounting debts, no resources or manpower and a concerted campaign from the local villagers to halt George's plans entirely.

It’s a race against time for the Mottersheads to build and open their zoo before the harsh winter sets in - or the bailiffs arrive.

Our Zoo is a Big Talk Production for BBC One.

A full media pack for Our Zoo is available here (PDF)