Tuesday, 18 September 2012

All things bright and beautiful

The slot on the Yesterday channel in which Auf Wiedersehen, Pet ran this summer is now home to All Creatures Great and Small, the 1970's series about a veterinary practice in North Yorkshire in the 1930's.

Like Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, I remember watching All Creatures Great and Small as a child in the late 70's and 80's. Watching it again, it strikes me how enviable the vets' life is. Endless pints of draught Yorkshire bitter at the Drovers' Arms - drawn from a wooden barrel into a jug - followed by massive slabs of pork pie and a full cooked breakfast the next morning. It might not be the healthiest of lifestyles but it certainly looks like an enjoyable one,  more than making up for being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night by a farmer to stick your arm up the backside of his cow.

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