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Pups, Pigs and Pickle 

The vets must deal with Kit Bilton, an amiable local farmer who every year fattens a pig for slaughter. Problem is that Kit becomes so fond of the animals that he's an emotional wreck when ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Tronson

Writers:

James Herriot (books), Terence Dudley (adaptation)

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher Timothy ... James Herriot
Robert Hardy ... Siegfried Farnon
Peter Davison ... Tristan Farnon
Mary Hignett ... Mrs. Hall
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Miss Dooley
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Mr. Horner
Nora Fulton Nora Fulton ... Mrs. Horner (as Norah Fulton)
Rita Giovannini Rita Giovannini ... Daphne
Gorden Kaye ... Kit Bilton
Stephen Riddle Stephen Riddle ... P.C. Leach
Bill Lund ... Farmhand
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cindy Cindy ... Yorkie Terrier ,dog
Wilf Wilf ... Pig
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Storyline

The vets must deal with Kit Bilton, an amiable local farmer who every year fattens a pig for slaughter. Problem is that Kit becomes so fond of the animals that he's an emotional wreck when the times comes to do the deed. Helen is away taking care of a sick aunt and Tristan tries to convince James to go on pub crawl. Siegfried seems to hit it off with Tristan's friend, Daphne. James treats a dog who is late going into labour and whose owner is convinced she knows the right treatment. After a call, a local farmer invites James to stay for a bit o' bacon - which turns out to be almost pure fat; James finds a way to make it edible. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1978 (UK) See more »

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Tristan Farnon: It's the breeding, you see?
Kit Bilton: Breeding?
Tristan Farnon: Mmmmm. It... it's bred into them, a sort of, uh, racial memory. The look in those little eyes wasn't one of reproach.
Kit Bilton: Oh, if only I could believe that.
Tristan Farnon: Then why don't you?
Kit Bilton: I loved that pig. He were a friend. More, he were one of the family.
[sobbing]
Kit Bilton: I felt more for that pig than anybody in here! Oh, and when I say that Mr. Farnon, I hope you'll understand.
Tristan Farnon: I do, Mr. Bilton, I do and... and... and so did your friend.
Kit Bilton: Aye, do you reckon?
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References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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