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  • 1978-09-23T01:00:00+02:00 on BBC One
  • 50 mins
  • 11 hours, 40 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama

In the early 1900s James Herriot, recently graduated from the veterinary college in Glasgow, finds work in the rustic Yorkshire Dales of Northern England. This heartwarming drama chronicles his encounters with the locals and the animals they depend on. Based on the semi-autobiographical novels of James Alfred Wight, OBE.

14 episodes

2x01 Cats and Dogs

  • Season Premiere

    1978-09-23T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

The waiting room is packed at the Darrowby practice, but Siegfried seems more focused on catching his hard-drinking brother asleep on the job.

2x02 Attendant Problems

  • 1978-09-30T01:00:00+02:00 — 50 mins

The return of lambing season brings a boost to Siegfried's spirits, but James, laid up in the surgery, is reminded of the harsher realities of a vet's life.

2x03 Fair Means and Fowl

  • 1978-10-07T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Nerves are frayed as Tristan's encounter with an "exploding" bullock leads to a lawsuit, and Siegfried's venture in guinea raising runs foul. Meanwhile, James is sent to assist "on of the biggest boozers in the business."

2x04 The Beauty of the Beast

  • 1978-10-14T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

As the tractor threatens to do away with a way of life in the Dales, James battles to save a dying shire horse.

2x05 Judgment Day

  • 1978-10-21T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

The Darrowby Show is a much-anticipated event for the whole community, except for the duty vet. This mixed honor falls to James this year.

2x06 Faint Hearts

  • 1978-10-28T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

While James struggles to cope with the procrastinations of the Bellerby family, Tristan succumbs to the charms of a millionaire shipbuilder's daughter with a penchant for lobster.

2x07 Tricks of the Trade

  • 1978-11-04T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

James gets a taste of the high life when he comes to the aid of a city vet, Granville Bennet, while Siegfried juggles the care of Mr. Wilkinson's awesome "colt" with the fine art of debt collecting.

2x08 Pride of Possession

  • 1978-11-11T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

The atmosphere is tense as James prepares to perform groundbreaking surgery. Meanwhile, Siegfried wrestles with a disinterested prize bull, and Tristan's hormones run riot over Darrowby's merry widow.

2x09 The Name of the Game

  • 1978-11-18T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

James becomes suspicious when the Farnon brothers -- usually keen cricketers -- "volunteer" him in their stead for the annual cricket match between Darrowby and Rainby.

2x10 Puppy Love

  • 1978-11-25T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Tristan may have finally found the right girl in Alice McTavish. Meanwhile, James struggles to save a dog whose death could trigger the end of the owners' marriage.

2x11 Ways and Means

  • 1978-12-02T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

James concludes that the drawbacks of a vet's life -- long hours, fierce dogs and a cunning sow named Prudence -- pale in comparison to the rigors of making a speech to the Darrowby Youth Club.

2x12 Pups, Pigs and Pickles

  • 1978-12-09T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Siegried turns on the charm to teach Tristan a lesson, while James, busy with calving, finds one farmer's traditional Yorkshire hospitality a bit hard to swallow.

2x13 A Dog's Life

  • 1978-12-16T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Despite Siegfried's insistence that he relax and "cultivate the inner man," James can't shrug off the irritations that often make his professions a dog's life. Siegfried's inner man is cramming for the annual quiz that pits the men of Darrowby against the fearsome Women's Institute.

2x14 Merry Gentlemen

  • 1978-12-24T01:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Christmas at Skeldale House can be a formidable undertaking, what with sick foals, overfed dogs and a skeleton guarding Siegfried's secret hoard of goodies.