Our Zoo shot on location in the North West

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by Stephen Chapman

Stockport, Rochdale and Lyme Park were some of the feature locations in BBC One’s new drama series, Our Zoo, which debuted on BBC One last night.

The 6-part drama tells the story of the foundation of Chester Zoo at the turn of the 1900s.

Big Talk Productions worked with Creative England to source a number of filming locations across the North West to stand in for 1930s England.

“Creative England are an important part of the production process when filming on location and their assistance was extremely important in securing one of our main locations,” said Mags Conway, line producer.

“Their support, advice and guidance they provided throughout Our Zoo proved invaluable and they not only have a great deal of experience and knowledge of the industry but there links and relationships with local authorities is excellent. It makes a production run much smoother with this support available”.

Among the locations used were Walton Hall in Warrington, which became the exterior of the stately home. Rochdale Town Hall, Lyme Park and Stockport Town Hall doubled as Chester Council offices and street scenes were filmed on Eustace Street in Bolton.

“Our production services team facilitated a road closure in Ancoats where, using special effects, the production transformed Redhill Street into a bustling 1929 Liverpool dockside,” explained Bobby Cochrane, Creative England’s production liaison manager.

Further scenes were shot in caves at Frodsham; Great Budworth; the Swann Inn in Garston; and The Swan with Two Necks in Stockport. While the Cunard Building and St George’s Hall in Liverpool were also featured.

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