'Planet of the Apes' has been given its first UK screening in front of a family of gorillas.

Zoo keepers at Chessington World of Adventures showed video clips from the film which reportedly caused the gorillas to beat their chests in excitement.

Headkeeper Chris Anscombe said, "At first they were a bit tentative, then curiosity got the better of them. By the end they were jumping as if they wanted to be in the front row of the cinema."

'Planet of the Apes' is due for release in Ireland on Friday, 17 August 2001.