CLAUDIA CONNELL reviews last night's TV: James Herriot branded a horse killer?

CLAUDIA CONNELL reviews last night's TV: James Herriot branded a horse killer? It shouldn't happen to a vet!

By Claudia Connell for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:53 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 10:20 BST, 16 September 2020

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 When the current series of All Creatures Great and Small (Ch 5) started it was impossible to stop images of the characters in the classic BBC original from popping into your head.

Three episodes into this remake, it’s a tribute to the producers and cast that it no longer happens.

After taking some time to settle into his new job, James (Nicholas Ralph) was finally feeling confident. He correctly diagnosed a calf with heatstroke, and was called out to examine a racehorse with suspected colic.

No ordinary racehorse either — it was Andante, the favourite to win the Darrowby Classic and owned by the pompous Hugh Hulton, James’s love rival in the battle for the affections of the lovely Helen.

And so tensions threatened to boil over when James determined Andante had a twisted bowel and euthanised the animal. When Hulton found out, he went on the warpath, insisting Herriot had made a mistake.

Gossip soon spread and it wasn’t long before locals started referring to James as ’eriott the ’orse killer.

CLAUDIA CONNELL: Three episodes into this remake, it’s a tribute to the producers and cast that it no longer happens

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CLAUDIA CONNELL: Three episodes into this remake, it’s a tribute to the producers and cast that it no longer happens

A post-mortem revealed James was correct in his diagnosis. It formed a bonding moment with his boss, Siegfried Farnon, who

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