At the Richmondshire Museum, you can see the original set of the BBC series. They also have some other interesting things for you to see, so check them out!
Here is what they have to say about the exhibit.
On display is part of the set used for the making of the film “All Creatures Great & Small” based on the books written by the veterinary surgeon James Herriot. The museum obtained the set when filming was complete, to recreate the look and atmosphere of a 1940’s veterinary surgery.
For those of you who missed season one on BBC One and have no idea what I am talking about, you probably won’t be disappointed. But for those of you who watched it and loved it, it is quite sad. You can get the DVDs at the UK Amazon for Young James Herriot but they are only region 2. Here is the synopsis and the official Young James Herriot website:
The plot is based on the early life and studies of veterinary surgeon James Herriot, known for his autobographical books which were the basis for the BBC show All Creatures Great and Small. The idea for the programme came from Herriot’s adventures as a veterinary student. While the plot centres around Herriot, other topics come up like the subjugation of women, the treatment of students by Professor Gunnell – one of the professors at the college, and the rise of the fascist movement in the UK.
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James Herriot dreams of nothing more than becoming a vet, so is very pleased when he is accepted by a prestigious veterinary college. However, his first day doesn’t quite go to plan when he ends up insulting Professor Ritchie, without knowing who he is. Herriot is sent on his first job – to find the cure for a sick horse – but misdiagnoses the illness (much to the annoyance of the owner of the horse)
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James Herriot is called to deal with a deadly mystery epidemic on a farm but when he misdiagnoses the problem he realises that he could have wrongly pulled a family apart – but is there anything he can do to make it right? Meanwhile McAloon is presented with an opportunity he cannot refuse and Professor Gunnell gets a shock.
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James Herriot struggles to balance his politics and his career as a vet after he takes a job at Jenny’s parents’ kennels (Mr and Mrs Muirhead); however, their fascist sympathies soon come to the boil and present a serious problem for both James and Professor Ritchie. Meanwhile Professor Gunnell pushes on to try and get Whirley out of the college and James is left facing a hard choice.
AN original James Herriot manuscript is to take part in a national project being run by the BBC and the British Museum.
The World of James Herriot, the North Yorkshire-based shrine to Alf Wight who wrote the books, has supplied the work.
Staff at the museum on Kirkgate, Thirsk, in the vet’s former surgery are taking part in The History of the World project.
They have submitted a manuscript from 1966 by the well loved author which eventually became the best selling book If Only They Could Talk.
See the full article and a picture of the original manuscript.
From the Harvard Mental Health Letter for March 2010, Ask the Doctor: Is it Normal to Grieve for Months When a Pet Dies?
Q. My elderly uncle can’t seem to recover from the loss of his dog. Is it normal to grieve for months when a pet dies? When is it time to encourage him to seek mental health help?
Read the answer.