Young James Herriot: the Early Life and Education of the Beloved British Vet

Michael Keillor (Director)
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Aug 16, 2015

While you’re waiting for the new season of Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife, I recommend watching this 2011 drama series based on the early life of famous British veterinarian and author, James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small). The three episodes focus on the young Herriot and his relationships with his classmates at the Glasgow Veterinary College in 1933. The story line includes the rise of the fascist movement in pre- WW II Great Britain and treatment of women in the profession, while painting a true picture of Scottish life in the economically depressed early 1930’s. The series was nominated for a couple of BAFTA awards, but sadly not renewed for another season. Bonus features on the DVD include a 20 minute piece on the making of the film and also a short bio on the real James Herriot. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Reviewed by Sarah As
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