It is a sad fact that Alf Wight died twenty years ago this year. Thankfully for us, as you know, he left an extraordinary legacy. His books have been read, bookmarked, re-read, gifted, donated and cherished for decades. Many Vet programs have been made over the years and many have been watched and loved.
However, none have had quite the same impact as the series that is currently featuring on Channel Five on Tuesday nights. Watching The Yorkshire Vet is like strolling leisurely through a James Herriot book. There are tears and laughter; there is humanity and kindness and there is a charm and a warmth befitting anything ever written by our favourite author. Apart from the fact that he is no longer with us, you would never know that the series wasn’t actually scripted by Alf.
Maybe all vets are the same. Maybe it’s Yorkshire Vets. Maybe the fact that Peter Wright started out working with ‘James Herriot’ and was strongly influenced by his calm and caring manner. Or maybe, just maybe, Peter and Julian are damn fine vets with a natural charm, competence and friendliness all of their own – and that they, the animals they treat and the characters they encounter make damn fine television!
Thank you Daisybeck Studios, Channel Five and Skeldale Veterinary Centre for a wonderful program.