A year ago today, October 7, 2014, BBC viewers watched the last episode of Our Zoo, a series based on the foundation of Chester Zoo in Upton by George Mottershead and his family back in the 1930s.

The six-part series proved a huge hit with critics and audiences and was nominated for two National Television Awards although the BBC decided not to commission a second series.

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After the episode which featured a parade of dozens of penguins walking down an Upton street, the zoo saw a big increase in penguin adoption and people buying penguin related items.

The Penguin Parade episode of Our Zoo sparked a surge of penguin adoptions at Chester Zoo

The drama starred Lee Ingleby as George, who dreamt of building the world’s first-of-its-kind zoo without bars, Life on Mars actress Liz White as his loyal wife Lizzie, veteran actress Anne Reid as George's mother and Transformers star Sophia Myles as aristocrat Lady Katherine.

George's real life daughter June Williams, whose book the series was based on, even landed a cameo role in the drama, as a protester to the original plans for the zoo.

Then aged 88, June went on to discuss her book at the Chester Literature Festival and sign a Chronicle petition to bring back the series, before she sadly passed away in April this year.

The series has since been warmly welcomed in New Zealand and Australia.

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