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Young James Herriot [DVD]
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Inspired by the character and early works of James Herriot, the much loved English veterinary surgeon and author of the bestselling works All Creatures Great and Small , Young James Herriot finds James at the birth of his career in the 1930s, taking up his place at the Glasgow Veterinary College. From his first day as a young student, James suffers the pranks of his fellow students, makes new friends, and discovers that the lodging he had paid for doesn t exist. Thrust immediately into hard times, his newfound friends find him a room with them at the house of the eccentric Aunt Elspeth. James is confident and inspired but he soon discovers that a good deal more than confidence and inspiration are needed to assess the physical health of animals and, in some cases, the emotional health of his acquaintances. As he attempts to mend sick horses, ailing sheep and a kennel of purebred dogs, he soon discovers that life and medicine is much more complicated than he first thought; and that passion no matter how well-intentioned can be a very deceptive guide
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This was an absolute joy to watch - more please.
You don't need to know anything about James Herriot to make this series enjoyable, I have very vague memories of seeing "It shouldn't happen to a vet" as a child but it's not necessary to have seen that series to enjoy this and get to know the characters.
In amidst the cosy, wide-eyed comedy was sprinkled a couple of interesting themes on the emancipation of women and the dark spectre of the rise of Fascism. But these were handled with such delicacy and decorum that there was no danger of frightening the horses. And, frankly, I don't see why either of these subjects can't be broached in lightweight dramedy of this sort. So far, this has been my favourite TV-viewing experience this Christmas. And it is perfect viewing for most ages. (Even the youngest and the most prudish would have difficulty in being shocked by the incredibly inexplicit scenes of a sexual nature!!)
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