More presents coming by way of the BBC to UK telly watchers as part of the annual blockbuster Christmas line-up. Word comes via the Guardian of an All Creatures Great and Small prequel, entitled Young Herriot which will focus on the vets early years in 1930’s Glasgow.
The original series, based on the diaries of real-life vet Alf Wight, was broadcast by the BBC between 1977-1990 and continued to be a staple of American public television stations for years.
As the Guardian points out, on the surface this might seem odd but, there has been a trend by the BBC in recent years to gravitate towards prequels for iconic series. Long-time tellyspotting readers may remember our earlier reports on both the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses prequel, Rock & Chips, which was set in 1960’s Peckham and focused on the lives of Freddie Robdal (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and a young Del Trotter (James Buckley) and the upcoming ITV prequel, Endeavor, which follows the early post-Oxford days of a young Inspector Morse.
Young Herriot executive producer, Cameron Roach, said he thought the trend was due to the recession and nostalgia. Either way, UK viewers, another day, another present coming your way Christmas Day. Hopefully, this will make its way to the States and a possible public television broadcast in the near future.