Young James Her­riot

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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.20pm, ABC1 For proof that young peo­ple still want to be vet­eri­nar­i­ans when they grow up, look no fur­ther than the con­tin­u­ing success of Ten’s Bondi Vet, set to re­turn next year. This se­ries set in the 1930s, a kind of prequel to All Crea­tures Great and Small, ploughs roughly the same field. Based on the writ­ings and characters of ve­teri­nary sur­geon Alf Wight, who wrote un­der the pseu­do­nym James Her­riot, the three-parter fol­lows the young Her­riot (Iain de Caestecker) from his first day at the Glas­gow Univer­sity ve­teri­nary school. Her­riot is young, ide­al­is­tic and gifted, and soon forms some close friend­ships. The pe­riod restora­tion is im­mer­sive and the per­for­mances from the mostly young cast are su­perb. Tonight James blun­ders into the case of a suf­fer­ing dray horse and learns that some­times one must treat the owner, not the an­i­mal.

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