Young James Herriot
pick of the week
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.