THE building which became famous as Skeldale House in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small, has opened to the public for the first time.
The instantly recognisable, stone-built Wensleydale building became known to viewers around the world as the location for the veterinary practice where character James Herriot worked.
Until two years ago the property in Askrigg, North Yorkshire, was used by Broadacres Housing Association as a home for vulnerable adults.
But now it has reopened as a luxury bed and breakfast.
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.
|Episode 1||6.73 million viewers|
|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)|
|Episode 2||5.08 million viewers|
|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.|
|Episode 3||4.99 million viewers|
|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.|
Jim Wight, AKA, James Herriot was born today, Oct 3, 1916.