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As Southwood Zoo faces bankruptcy, what future for assistant head keeper Terry Lyon?

Peter Serafinowicz stars in DA Barham’s sitcom about the life of Terry Lyon, an elephant keeper at his local zoo. He gets on better with animals than people. As the zoo lurches towards bankruptcy, his future looks bleak. Co-stars Chris Emmet as Leonard.

DA Barham – alias Debbie Ann – used her gently gender-obscured writing name. Aged just 15, she’d sent in scripts to BBC comedy programmes. In 2003 she tragically died from heart failure due to anorexia, aged only 26. In her short, brilliant comedy career, she’d written for The News Huddlines, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Weekending, Loose Ends, as well as big names like Bob Monkhouse, Graham Norton, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson.


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