BBC zoo film crew in village

Lee Ingleby, right, will be appearing in the show. Pictured with Myanna Buring

Lee Ingleby, right, will be appearing in the show. Pictured with Myanna Buring

First published in News

FILMING has been taking place in Great Budworth for BBC drama Our Zoo, the story of the Mottershead family who established Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently) will play George Mottershead, an ex-serviceman with a dream to build the first British zoo without bars, with Liz White (Life On Mars) playing his loyal wife Lizzie Mottershead, mother to Mew and June.

BAFTA-nominated Anne Reid takes the role of Lucy Mottershead, whose world is turned upside down when her husband, Albert (Peter Wight), sells their shop to help fund George’s plans for the zoo, and both are forced to live with their son and family in the country.

Filming has taken place in locations including Great Budworth, during the 12-week shoot, and is due to end on Friday.

The six-part series is due to be screened on BBC One in late 2014.

Do you any pictures of the filming taking place? If so email northwich@guardiangrp.co.uk

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6:19pm Wed 25 Jun 14

AsburyJuke says...

I was in the Village on a couple of the days and it was really interesting to watch, They had a camel walking through while I was there and all the cast dressed in period costume was a real sight to see in such a beautiful village. I can't wait to see the series to see the bits I saw filmed.
I was in the Village on a couple of the days and it was really interesting to watch, They had a camel walking through while I was there and all the cast dressed in period costume was a real sight to see in such a beautiful village. I can't wait to see the series to see the bits I saw filmed. AsburyJuke
  • Score: 2

8:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

It's quite some time since I visited Chester Zoo, or any other zoo for that matter. I'm not sure about the ethics of keeping wild animals locked up in cages.

Surely wild animals should be allowed to run about freely as the good lord intended.

What right do we have to keep them locked up like caged animals?

For example: Camels were designed to travel right across vast deserts, that's why they were equipped with long-range water conservation/storage functionality. (Not in the humps, I know that)

I am aware of the educational argument for keeping animals in zoos but these days you can watch them on the wireless you don't even need to bother to go out.

I would much rather observe a pack of wild tigers hunting in their natural habitat than see them restrained impotently in a man-made prison.
It's quite some time since I visited Chester Zoo, or any other zoo for that matter. I'm not sure about the ethics of keeping wild animals locked up in cages. Surely wild animals should be allowed to run about freely as the good lord intended. What right do we have to keep them locked up like caged animals? For example: Camels were designed to travel right across vast deserts, that's why they were equipped with long-range water conservation/storage functionality. (Not in the humps, I know that) I am aware of the educational argument for keeping animals in zoos but these days you can watch them on the wireless you don't even need to bother to go out. I would much rather observe a pack of wild tigers hunting in their natural habitat than see them restrained impotently in a man-made prison. hectorplain
  • Score: 19

8:54pm Wed 25 Jun 14

AsburyJuke says...

Its worth saying that if you look at the history of Chester Zoo and the Mottershead family they were animal lovers who were determined to create the first ever 'cageless' zoo which is what this drama series is all about.
Its worth saying that if you look at the history of Chester Zoo and the Mottershead family they were animal lovers who were determined to create the first ever 'cageless' zoo which is what this drama series is all about. AsburyJuke
  • Score: 2

10:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Cymo says...

Modern zoos, Chester formost among them, are increasingly reserves for endangered and extinct in the wild species. Yes, ideally all animals would be safe running around in the wild, but while greedy businesses and evil poachers are determined to destroy animals and their environment, zoos such as Chester are vital for saving animals until thier environment can be secured, and they can safely be released back into the wild.
Modern zoos, Chester formost among them, are increasingly reserves for endangered and extinct in the wild species. Yes, ideally all animals would be safe running around in the wild, but while greedy businesses and evil poachers are determined to destroy animals and their environment, zoos such as Chester are vital for saving animals until thier environment can be secured, and they can safely be released back into the wild. Cymo
  • Score: 8

9:38pm Thu 26 Jun 14

The_Italian_Stallion says...

My Children had a great afternoon watching some of the filming and the animal handlers let all the kids get a good look at the penguins, From a personal note I met Anne Reid and what a truly nice lady. It was the first time I'd ever been to Great Budworth in all the years I have lived in Northwich and couldn't believe such a beautiful place is right on our doorstep.
My Children had a great afternoon watching some of the filming and the animal handlers let all the kids get a good look at the penguins, From a personal note I met Anne Reid and what a truly nice lady. It was the first time I'd ever been to Great Budworth in all the years I have lived in Northwich and couldn't believe such a beautiful place is right on our doorstep. The_Italian_Stallion
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

The_Italian_Stallion wrote:
My Children had a great afternoon watching some of the filming and the animal handlers let all the kids get a good look at the penguins, From a personal note I met Anne Reid and what a truly nice lady. It was the first time I'd ever been to Great Budworth in all the years I have lived in Northwich and couldn't believe such a beautiful place is right on our doorstep.
The lovely Anne Reid play Val Barlow (nee Tatlock) in Corrie.

So that means Uncle Albert was Val,s Dad.

I didn't like Albert Tatlock much, he was always moaning, and scrounging rum of the Rover's regulars.

I think that portraying the elderly as moaning minnies is a form of negative stereotyping.

Not all old people are moaners. Ena Sharples was more vitriolic than a moaner, some would say down right nasty.

I don't watch corrie any more, I think the script writers have lost the plot.
[quote][p][bold]The_Italian_Stallion[/bold] wrote: My Children had a great afternoon watching some of the filming and the animal handlers let all the kids get a good look at the penguins, From a personal note I met Anne Reid and what a truly nice lady. It was the first time I'd ever been to Great Budworth in all the years I have lived in Northwich and couldn't believe such a beautiful place is right on our doorstep.[/p][/quote]The lovely Anne Reid play Val Barlow (nee Tatlock) in Corrie. So that means Uncle Albert was Val,s Dad. I didn't like Albert Tatlock much, he was always moaning, and scrounging rum of the Rover's regulars. I think that portraying the elderly as moaning minnies is a form of negative stereotyping. Not all old people are moaners. Ena Sharples was more vitriolic than a moaner, some would say down right nasty. I don't watch corrie any more, I think the script writers have lost the plot. hectorplain
  • Score: 24

10:58am Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

AsburyJuke wrote:
Its worth saying that if you look at the history of Chester Zoo and the Mottershead family they were animal lovers who were determined to create the first ever 'cageless' zoo which is what this drama series is all about.
Yes, I know that Chester Zoo is a registered charity.
[quote][p][bold]AsburyJuke[/bold] wrote: Its worth saying that if you look at the history of Chester Zoo and the Mottershead family they were animal lovers who were determined to create the first ever 'cageless' zoo which is what this drama series is all about.[/p][/quote]Yes, I know that Chester Zoo is a registered charity. hectorplain
  • Score: 9

9:21pm Wed 2 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

The takings at the George must have rocketed with all these luvvies in town.

Jack would have loved every minute of it!!
The takings at the George must have rocketed with all these luvvies in town. Jack would have loved every minute of it!! hectorplain
  • Score: 8

9:22pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Some of the comments here seem to be drifting slightly off topic.

This isn't a criticism, just an observation.

I can understand how this can happen, the mind can play tricks on you especially if you have something of great importance or something of wide ranging interest to promulgate.
Some of the comments here seem to be drifting slightly off topic. This isn't a criticism, just an observation. I can understand how this can happen, the mind can play tricks on you especially if you have something of great importance or something of wide ranging interest to promulgate. hectorplain
  • Score: 5

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