Daisybeck, GroupM team for vet series

Channel 5 will air The Yorkshire Vet (pictured), which follows a young veterinarian and his team as they care for animals in a rural community in North Yorkshire, England.
September 4, 2015

UK-based factual producer Daisybeck Studios and Group M Entertainment are partnering to produce a six-episode veterinary series for Channel 5, which will feature creatures great and small, and the vets who care for them.

The Yorkshire Vet will follow Julian Norton, a young vet who works in Thirsk, a rural community in North Yorkshire, out of the original practice featured in the All Creatures Great and Small series based on the books by vet James Alfred Wight, better known as James Herriot.

Actor Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in the BBC series, will act as narrator for the Channel 5 series, which will air this fall.

“Channel 5 asked us to find the real All Creatures Great and Small, so we did,” said Daisybeck Studios CEO and series executive producer Paul Stead in a statement. “The original Herriot veterinary practice in North Yorkshire had been approached many times by producers but had refused access. This time round we managed to gain the trust of Julian and his senior partner Peter Wright, who was actually a protégé of James Herriot. We’ve been filming since the spring on what we all hope will be a returning show.”

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