Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax), Liz White (Life On Mars), Peter Wight (The Paradise), Ralf Little (The Royle Family), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Stephen Campbell-Moore (The History Boys) and newcomers Amelia Clarkson & Honor Kneafsey have joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming six-part drama series Our Zoo.
Ingleby has been cast as George Mottershead, an ex-serviceman with a dream to build the first British zoo without bars; Reid as Lucy Mottershead, whose world is turned upside down when her husband sells their shop to help fund George’s plans for the zoo; White as Lizzie Mottershead, George’s loyal wife and the mother to Mew and June; Wight as Albert Mottershead, Lucy’s (Anne Reid) husband; Little as Billy Atkinson, Lizzie’s mischievous brother; Myles as Lady Katherine, the mysterious aristocrat who lives next door; Campbell-Moore as Reverend Aaron Webb; and Clarkson and Kneafsey as Goerge and Lizzie’s children, Mew and June, respectively.
Penned by award-winning playwright Matt Charman, Our Zoo tells the true story of George Mottershead, the man who created Chester Zoo in the 1930s and the impact it had on his family. The series is being produced by Big Talk Productions, marking the first time that the indie has secured a BBC One commission. It is based on an idea introduced to Big Talk by boutique production company Aenon, which is headed by former BBC Factual commissioner Adam Kemp. The executive producers are Adam Kemp, Luke Alkin, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. Moonfleet helmer Andy De Emmony is attached to direct.