Herriot’s early life on TV

Jim Wight, is pictured searching out equipment with production buyer, Claire Pidgeon from Koko Drama Ltd of Glasgow.
Jim Wight, is pictured searching out equipment with production buyer, Claire Pidgeon from Koko Drama Ltd of Glasgow.
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Television producers have been scouring the cellars of The World of James Herriot to search out memorabilia for a new series on the famous vet cum author.

The BBC executives spent hours at the Thirsk centre, and at its packed storage depot in Northallerton, to gather props for the three part drama.

Filming for the series, which covers the young James Herriot as he starts vets school in Glasgow in the 1930s, begins this summer.

“Production buyers were looking for veterinary equipment used by vets and college students in the 1930s to use in their reproduction of the college laboratory,” said Alf Wight’s son, Jim.

“When the Herriot centre was being established we appealed for equipment for the collection, so we have a huge store of veterinary equipment for them to borrow items from.

“On top of that researchers have been using some of my father’s diaries and original manuscripts as part of their research.

“It will be interesting to see how it is all used in the new series. Everyone is very excited to think James Herriot is coming back to the TV screens.”