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James Herriot (1916–1995)

Alf Wight ("James Herriot") was born on 3 October 1916 in Sunderland, near Newcastle. However the family moved to Yoker, a suburb of Glasgow, when Alf was three weeks old. He attended Glasgow Veterinary School. He moved to Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in 1940, to work for Donald Sinclair ("Siegfried Farnon") at his practice at 23 Kirkgate. He married ... See full bio »

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 2011 Young James Herriot (TV Mini-Series) (inspired by characters and early works - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (2011) ... (inspired by characters and early works)
- Episode #1.2 (2011) ... (inspired by characters and early works)
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... (inspired by characters and early works)
 1993 James Herriot's Yorkshire: The Film (as Alf Wight)
  All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series) (books - 89 episodes, 1978 - 1990) (stories - 1 episode, 1990)
- Brotherly Love (1990) ... (books)
- Promises to Keep (1990) ... (books)
- Hampered (1990) ... (books)
- Old Dogs, New Tricks (1990) ... (books)
- A Grand Memory for Forgetting (1990) ... (books)
 1975 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Movie) (book)
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 1993 James Herriot's Yorkshire: The Film
Himself (as Alf Wight)
 1975 Pebble Mill (TV Series)
- Episode dated 15 May 1975 (1975) ... Himself

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He worked as a vet in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, from 1940 until his retirement in 1989.

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

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Alf Wight

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In 1979 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. See more »

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