“Britain’s best loved vet” returns to TV screens in the run up to Christmas in a new BBC serial show charting his trials and tribulations as an undergraduate.
James Herriot, “Britain’s best loved vet”, returns to TV screens in the run up to Christmas in a new BBC serial show charting his trials and tribulations as an undergraduate.
Three-part series Young James Herriot sees Scottish actor Iain de Caestecker (The Fades) take on the titular role of budding vet Alf Wight, whose semi-autobiographical books – written under the pseudonym of Herriot – were dramatised in the series All Creatures Great and Small in the 1970s-80s.
“Iain is a great find, not only is he a great upcoming Scottish actor but there was the added bonus that he grew up in the same part of Glasgow as Alf,” said consultant producer Kate Croft.
“Audiences should also be pleasantly surprised that this is not in a rolling, bucolic setting but in 1930s industrial Glasgow.”
The series follows James as he makes his way through Glasgow Veterinary College in the 1930s and follows his friendships with characters Whirly Tyson and Rob McAloon.
Writers drew on diaries and case notes written by Wight during his student years, as well as the biography written by his son Jim, and cast members received help and guidance from Jim and his sister Rosie.
Cameron Roach of production company Shed Productions, said: “The Glasgow Veterinary College of 1933 is an inspired setting for this series.
“While portraying the reality of the era, stories will be delivered with charm and humour, taking James Herriot and his fellow student vets from the rural dairy farm to inner city slums, and to an aristocratic family seat.
“The series combines the authentic period detail of a time of huge social and political change with an outstanding ensemble cast.”
- Young James Herriot will be shown on BBC One over three consecutive nights from December 18 at 9pm.