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The Yorkshire Vet's Peter Wright details concerns over Channel 5 series


The Yorkshire Vet first aired on Channel 5 following the staff at the Skeldale Veterinary Centre in 2015. The surgery was once the practice of Alf Wight, better known as James Herriot, who inspired All Creatures Great and Small but now viewers follow Peter Wright and his colleague Julian Norton as they tend to local pets and farm animals. While the series has gone on to be a huge success for Channel 5, Peter wasn’t always keen about letting vets follow him around.

In fact, Peter was so certain the series wouldn’t work he told Channel 5 and production company Daisybeck “no”.

“I’m going to be brutally honest here,” Peter began. “When I was contacted in 2014 by email originally to say channel 5 had commissioned Daisybeck to make a television programme entitled The Yorkshire Vet, my first reaction was to say no.

“Alf Wight, wasn’t a chap who enjoyed the media and he shunned publicity.

“I suppose from his dealings with the media in general from which he shunned, that rubbed off on me to some extent having been through the majority of the peak Herriot fame.”

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He continued: “My initial reaction was to say, ‘No, I don’t think it’s for us,’ and I discussed it with my two partners; Tim Yates as well as Julian at that time.

“Julian was relatively keen, a little apprehensive but relatively keen.

“Tim, my middle partner, who has been with me 35 years he didn’t want to be involved at all.

“Tim is a very quiet, shy chap so he said whatever you decide count me out.”

“It sort of just put me off a little really but then having said that, I spoke to Paul, managing director at Daisybeck, and all was a different kettle of fish altogether.

“Paul said to me, ‘Look Peter I’m aware of your concerns about the media,’ and he said, ‘Peter I will not let you down of your concerns.

“I will never let you down.’ And he never has. Paul has become a very good friend of mine.”

Peter recently left Skeldale surgery and he admitted his wife urged him not to retire or he’d “get under my feet”.


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