Christopher Timothy starred as James Herriot
with Robert Hardy as his boss Siegfried Farnon and Peter Davison as his laid-back younger brother Tristan Farnon.
The warm-hearted stories have delighted generations and, to mark the forthcoming anniversary, here is our pick of James Herriot
's much-loved tales...
The Yorkshire Vet star Peter Wright reveals his life was changed by James Herriot
's incredible kindness
was a traditional vet and excellent storyteller whose books did much to promote the veterinary profession.
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"It's mainly based on James Herriot
's books - one of which was All Creatures Great And Small but what Simon Stallworthy who has adapted it has done is that he's taken some of the best known stories - the ones that lend themselves to the theatre and a couple from the television series and he's woven them into a play," explains Curry, who is currently sat in a hotel room in Brighton as the show starts its first week of a 10-week tour, after a two-week preview in Windsor.
Fans of the series can visit the James Herriot
Museum in Thirsk, while the original set of the Skeldale House surgery is on display at the Richmondshire Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
All Creatures Great And Small at Gala Theatre, Durham, until October 16 IF the name Tricky Woo strikes a chord - and no he's not the latest addition to Jamie Oliver's colourfully-named brood - then you must be a fan of James Herriot
Cummings, to Charles Dickens, to James Herriot
, to D.H.
The author was a working actress and the divorced single mother of two boys when a summer on the coast of Nova Scotia led to the purchase of a house, then an island, where with the help of vet James Herriot
she becomes the owner of a flock of semi-wild sheep.
Similar in scope and approach to the UK vet's James Herriot
While this novel has some elements of a James Herriot
story--the glory and humor in rural life--it does have a deeper, more profound theme as a young man finds his place in the universe.