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Channel 5 to revive TV drama All Creatures Great and Small
Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients. For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye. In All Creatures Great and Small , we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals.
All Creatures Great and Small is a British television series based on the books of the British veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot. It is part of a series of movies and television series based on Herriot's novels. The Herriot novels were written in an episodic style, with each chapter generally containing a short story within the ongoing narrative of Herriot's life. This format greatly facilitated their adaptation for a television series. The series had two runs: the original to , based directly on Herriot's books was for three series; the second to , filmed with original scripts for four. A total of ninety episodes were broadcast.
Channel 5 have commissioned a new series and a Christmas special, which will be filmed on location in Yorkshire. Why Russian tourists love James Herriot. James Herriot was the pen name used by Wight, who worked as a country vet in the Dales in the s before turning to writing. The first book was published in Alf Wight and his wife Joan became good friends with the cast during filming. Most of the filming of the BBC series took place in Askrigg, which was the fictional village of Darrowby.
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James Alfred Wight , OBE, FRCVS 3 October — 23 February , died of prostate cancer , known by the pen name James Herriot , was a British veterinary surgeon and writer who used his many years of experiences as a veterinary surgeon to write a series of books consisting of stories about animals and their owners. In October a Blue plaque was placed at Wight's childhood home in Glasgow. Wight qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College in at age He took a job at a veterinary practice in Sunderland in January , and he moved to work in a rural practice the following July. Wight served in the Royal Air Force in His wife moved to her parents' house during this time, and he joined her upon being discharged from the RAF as a leading aircraftman. They lived there until , when they moved back to Kirkgate, staying there until
Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot s Yorkshire seems to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semi-feral cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James finds he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. See more book details 17 January Bulls with sunstroke, pigs on the run and a cake-eating Peke with a betting habit. I grew up reading James Herriot's book and I'm delighted that thirty years on they are still every bit as charming, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny as they were then. Kate Humble The attraction of Herriot's ever popular memoirs of a country vet.