29 Jul 2014
Actor Lee Ingleby as Chester Zoo founder George Mottershead

Based on the inspiring real-life story of our early days, the show is set to hit our screens later this year (we expect it to air in autumn). Top British actor Lee Ingleby (pictured) plays our founder George Mottershead, who with incredible single-mindedness, drove himself and his family to realise his ambition to open his own zoo and change the way zoos keep animals.

The drama follows George’s remarkable 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.

We can’t wait to see it. Will you be watching?

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Do you have a story to share about the zoo from yesteryear? We’re creating a very special new section of the website to showcase our history and so we want to hear about all your favourite memories and connections with the zoo.

Whether you’ve been a member for 30 years or you’re new to the zoo, drop us a line on memories@chesterzoo.org to send us your story and pictures.

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