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Peter Wright says he’ll ‘stick to the day job’
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The 65-year-old vet is well-known with UK audiences ever since the Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet started back in 2015. Fans still tune in for each series to see Peter Wright caring for the animals that adorn the Yorkshire Dales. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Peter admitted he didn’t have much confidence in the series before it began, believing it would be “a waste of money”.
The Yorkshire Vet has recently returned to screens for the 15th series, and fans are keen to see what’s been in store for Peter.
Talking about the series, Peter was asked if he was surprised by the show’s success or if he had anticipated its popularity.
“No, I didn’t think it would last,” Peter commented. “I was told we would do six episodes and a pilot series.
“And I thought, ‘Channel 5 are wasting their money’. I’m a Yorkshireman I don’t like wasting money – anybody’s money.
“I said, ‘Nobody will watch this documentary,’ they said ‘Well, we’ll see, we’ll see.’
“They love to remind me I was totally wrong and this has success all over the world.”
The vet continued: “I was in Turkey only a month ago, and a security chap with his gun and his handcuffs said, ‘Just a minute please.’
“I thought, ‘Crikey what have I done wrong?’ and he said, ‘I know you, you’re The Yorkshire Vet, I just want to say we love you in Turkey, we love The Yorkshire Vet.’
“I walked away, from thinking I was going to be arrested to feeling 10 feet tall!”
Last year, Peter moved on from his job at Skeldale, the inspiration for Channel 5 drama All Creatures Great and Small.
The vet accepted a new job at Grace Lane in Kirkbymoorside in North Yorkshire after four decades at Skeldale.
Peter confessed: “I’d be telling fibs if I said I didn’t miss it.
“It was such a huge part of my life. I try not to think about too much. And it was a massive ledge for me to walk out of those doors for the last time.”
“I still visit, but it’s not the same. I’m just a visitor there now.”
He went on: “So it was a risk, but having said that, I’m still doing what I enjoy doing.
“I’m getting out and about and also doing the companion animal side as well. So it’s pretty much business as usual.”
Explaining why he left, he recalled: “Well, at the end of 2020 it became very apparent that it was no longer economically viable for Skeldale to continue administering the farm animals. For the simple reason, we just don’t have the numbers in the area.
“And, you know, when I came to work in this James Herriot practice in 1982, we had something like 60 small dairy herds. At the end of 2020, we had one left. And this is typical of the farming community.
“The bigger farm enterprises are getting bigger and the small family farms are disappearing. So we have several very large farms, and not so many small family farms.
“And so I had to make a decision. It wasn’t economically viable for Skeldale to continue doing purely companion animal work.”
The Yorkshire Vet continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 5.
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