YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT
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"Rewarding" -The Observer (U.K.)
"Enjoyable family fun" -The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)
"The ultimate in feel-good…dramas" -The Times (U.K.)
Before he became famous tending animals in the Yorkshire Dales, a wide-eyed and eager James Herriot (Iain De Caestecker, The Fades) arrived at Glasgow Veterinary College to pursue the career he'd dreamed of since childhood. But the college wasn't what he had expected, nor were the faculty and his fellow students. These included the chauvinistic Professor Gunnell (Gary Lewis, Billy Elliot), a young feminist desperate to qualify as a vet (Amy Manson, Being Human), and an overprivileged young man (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, The Hour) who didn’t seem to care if he ever graduated.
This inspiring drama unfolds against the backdrop of rising fascism in Europe and profound social change at home. But for young James Herriot, learning his new profession always comes first.
BONUS The Making of Young James Herriot, photo gallery, and James Herriot biography
Top Customer Reviews
However, the suffocating 21st century themes ruin this production. They abound: the brassy feminist who petitions for women's restrooms and smarts off in class, the simplistic male chauvinist professor played by the wonderful Gary Lewis, the none to discreet allusions to sex for the sake of sex in the dialog. None of this tone was in the earlier books and DVDs.
I think the writers used the original texts and flew off to their own male-female fantasies which are completely grounded in the last couple of decades of Anglo-American culture. It is crude and the utter charm of the James Herriot/James Alfred Wight's original pieces is absent. The writers distorted, even left behind, the charisma of the original books, the original TV series. This is not at all a worthwhile contribution.
Years ago, Mary Ann Grossman, of the Chicago Tribune reviewed James Alfred Wight's writing and commented in part,
" (there is) a glow of decency that makes people want to be better humans." I am no sociologist, literature professor, or historian, but I think these writers missed the essence of the James Herriott texts and created something that does not at all fit with the real works.
Cast: Iain De Caestecker plays the naïve, eager, error-prone Herriot. His student friends include fiery, smart, feminist, Whirly (Amy Manson); party boy McAloon (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) [this character was a real GVS student spending 15 yrs but not graduating]; posh, rich, aristocrat Jenny (Joanna Vanderham). 3 live with Aunt Elspeth (Natasha Little) who's a seductress landlady to the boys. The school is headed by Principal/Prof Legge (Ralph Riach); leading nasty, grumpy, woman hater, V.Principal/Prof Gunnell (Gary Lewis); and Herriot's mentor [based on a real prof] Prof Richie (Tony Curran). None stand alone, it's a team effort and worthy of an award.
SDH SUBTITLES FOR ALL 3 EPISODES. Aired Dec. 2011. Music great, sets/props perfection.
~~~~~Episode 1: the young Herriot arrives for his first year in Glasgow Veterinary School (wonderfully reproduced for the film since it was a converted ex-pumping station.) He meets fellow students McAloon, Whirly, and Jenny. He embarrasses himself in front of Profs Gunnell, Richie, and Legge. He's determined to impress but finds grief, and learns there's more to vet life than saving creatures.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this for my wife. She loved the original Herriot series, and liked this.Published 2 months ago by steamduck43
I actually stopped watching about mid movie due to boredom. The story seems contrived. Maybe it would be entertaining for middle school kids.Published 8 months ago by Ellen Stacy
A must for anyone who watches All Creatures... Fills in the gap to figure out James' background.Published 11 months ago by Renee in Baltimore
This is a truly delightful film with excellent acting. More fun than I expected. Treat yourself.Published 12 months ago by Satisfied in Seattle
Everything was as I was told it would be and I could not be more pleased with the product and the service.Published 13 months ago by Jim Boardman
We love this series,takes us back to a simpker time. Great scenery and acting. Highly recommendPublished 14 months ago by jmac
James Herriot is a wonderful program especially if you love all animals and great characters. I have and have read all of his books so the next step was to obtain all of his... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Judith Lundy
Dialogue was heavy on accents;hard for American ears to understand. Didn't really care for bonuses at the end. Would not reccomend.Published 23 months ago by luvsdogs