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The Zoo
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Genre Mockumentary
Directed by Rowan Crawford
  • Lewis Macleod
  • Jess Robinson
  • Richard David-Caine
  • Stuart Garlick
  • Jake Pratt
Narrated by Hugh Dennis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 30
Executive producer(s) Josh Scherba
Jonny Keeling
Producer(s) Aaron Paul
Editor(s) Stuart Garlick
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Studios
DHX Media
Distributor BBC
Original network CBBC
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 14 August 2017 (2017-08-14) – present

The Zoo is a British children's mockumentary television series broadcast on CBBC. Produced by BBC Studios and DHX Media, the series follows the daily life of animals at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts with a comic twist after they have been given human voices and computer-generated mouths. It is also being aired on ABC Me and 7TWO in Australia and Family Channel and Family CHRGD in Canada.

The series is narrated by Hugh Dennis, providing the viewers with a factual yet comical take on events and to converse with the animals to uncover their side of the story. It mainly focuses on Jürgen and his group of gorillas.

The series premiered on CBBC on 14 August 2017. The second series premiered on 9 April 2018.

In September 2018 the show aired as part of the second series of Saturday Mash-Up.


In a format similar to Animal Magic and Walk on the Wild Side, The Zoo features Hugh Dennis as the narrator talking to animals and staff in Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts. The animals were given human voices and computer-generated mouths. Lewis Macleod, Jess Robinson, Richard David-Caine, Jake Pratt and Stuart Garlick voice these animals.Animals are sometimes given accents like the giraffes, penguins, kangaroos and tigers for example. The main catchphrase is "_____ is an important part of daily life at the zoo and____"

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