It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet

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It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet UK poster.jpg
British cinema poster
Directed byEric Till
Screenplay byAlan Plater
Based onLet Sleeping Vets Lie & Vet in Harness
by James Herriot
Produced byMargaret Matheson
StarringJohn Alderton
Colin Blakely
Lisa Harrow
Bill Maynard
CinematographyArthur Ibbetson
Edited byThom Noble
Music byLaurie Johnson
Distributed byEMI Films (UK)
Release date
11 April 1976 (UK)
Running time
93 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States

It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (in the United States also known as All Things Bright and Beautiful), is a 1976 sequel to the 1975 film All Creatures Great and Small. Although having the same title as James Herriot's second novel, the film is actually based on his third and fourth novels, Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness, which in the United States were released as a compilation volume titled All Things Bright and Beautiful. It is part of a series of movies and television series based on Herriot's novels.[1]

In this film, John Alderton has taken over the role of James and Colin Blakely that of Siegfried (portrayed by Simon Ward and Anthony Hopkins in the first film), while Lisa Harrow returns as Helen. It also features Richard Griffiths in his debut film appearance as Sam. The film was directed by Eric Till, and the screenplay is by Alan Plater. The film, which has a British-American joint venture, was entered into the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]


The story continues where All Creatures Great and Small ended, and follows the lives of James, Helen and Siegfried from 1938 until the outbreak of war.

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The film was known during production as All Things Bright and Beautiful.[3]

Home media[edit]

Released on VHS in the 1990s, the film has yet to see a commercial release on DVD in the UK (region 2) or US (region 1).


  1. ^ IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO A VET Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 43, Iss. 504, (Jan 1, 1976): 101.
  2. ^ "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. ^ "RONNIE COWAN'S SCENE and HEARD". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 43, no. 38. Australia. 18 February 1976. p. 33. Retrieved 20 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.

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