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It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1976)

G | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 1976 (UK)
Comedy-drama based on the books by James Herriot about a Yorkshire vet and the adventures he and his colleague have in their everyday life.


Eric Till


James Herriot (book), Alan Plater (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Alderton ... James Herriot
Colin Blakely ... Siegfried Farnon
Lisa Harrow ... Helen
Bill Maynard ... Hinchcliffe
Richard Pearson ... Granville Bennett
Paul Shelley ... Richard Carmody
John Barrett ... Crump
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Mrs. Dalby
Philip Stone ... Jack Almond
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Colonel Bosworth
May Warden May Warden ... Mrs. Tompkins
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Dodds
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Mrs. Butterworth
Martin Whiteley Martin Whiteley ... Bamford Boy
Clifford Kershaw Clifford Kershaw ... Kendall


Comedy-drama based on the books by James Herriot about a Yorkshire vet and the adventures he and his colleague have in their everyday life.

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8 April 1976 (UK) See more »

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All Things Bright and Beautiful See more »

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Inspired the TV series
9 October 2018 | by dsewizzrd-1See all my reviews

The diary of a vet by James Herriot made into a film before the television series. It still has the Hillman Minx but different actors and the vet is already married. It's supposed to be set in the 1930s but the vet has rather long (Beatles style) hair, and in an early scene his wife has flares. Despite being made by the conservative Readers Digest, it features the famous vet scene with the vet's arm right up a heifer's nasty, and Tristan crashes the car when he's on the sauce, but he doesn't quite have the English hopelessness of Peter Davison (in the books Tristan is a bit of a ladykiller by the way).

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