UK | BBC 1 – Koco Drama
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | AIRDATES: 2012
WRITERS: Ann McManus, Eileen Gallagher, Damian Wayling | PRODUCER: Willy Wands | EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Cameron Roach, Gaynor Holmes | DIRECTOR: Michael Keillor
Period drama Young James takes us back to the early days of vet Alf Wright as he studies at the Glasgow Vetinary College to become a vetinary surgeon alongside his friends Whirly Tyson and Rob McAloon. Wright in later years would go on to write a series of best selling books under the name James Herriot about his early years as a vet which in turn would go on to become the much loved BBC series All Creatures Great And Small.
The production team managed to score access to all of Alf Wright’s large archive of material from the era ranging from diaries and case notes giving a really authentic sheen to the whole thing. Young James is the first production for Shed Media offshoot Koco Drama.
IAIN DE CAESTECKER as James/Alf
AMY MANSON as Whirly Tyson
BEN LLOYD-HUGHES as Rob McAloon