Noah's Ark (UK TV series)
|Developed by||Johnny Byrne|
|Written by||Johnny Byrne|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan Powell|
|Location(s)||Worcester, Worcestershire, England, UK|
|Production company(s)||Whitehall Films
|Original release||8 September 1997– 23 October 1998|
Noah's Ark is a British television series, which aired on ITV. It was first broadcast on 8 September 1997. The final episode was aired on 13 October 1997. There were six episodes in the first series. A second series, also of six episodes, aired in 1998.
Noah's Ark was a family TV story of a country vet, Noah Kirby, his wife Valerie, son Tom and his girlfriend, Noah’s assistant, Clare. Noah and Tom Kirby, father and son, are both vets.
Noah has a country practice, and is still running it much as he did when Tom was a child. He wants Tom to join the practice, but Tom has other, and bigger, ideas. He has just quit his job with a large multi-national company, and has returned home for what he intends to be a flying visit: disillusioned, but a lot richer, but his father has a car crash brought on by a dizzy spell. It is clear that he badly needs full-time help.
Tom is reluctantly drawn into helping, temporarily of course, while his father recovers, but Clare Somers, the local wildlife vet, is there.
- Tom Kirby played by Peter Wingfield
- Noah Kirby played by Anton Rodgers
- Val Kirby played by Angela Thorne
- Clare Somers played by Orla Brady
- Anna Lacey played by Kate Alderton
It was written by Johnny Byrne and the producers were Sue Bennett-Urwin and Michael Whitehall.
Filming was done around Worcester. The surgery was at a farmhouse Bed & Breakfast opposite the Leigh & Bransford Memorial Hall about 6 miles West of Worcester. The mountains often seen in the background are the Malvern Hills.
Episodes (with first broadcast dates)
- Two of a Kind (8 September 1997)
- Matters of Principal (15 September 1997)
- Paying the Price (22 September 1997)
- Healing Touch (29 September 1997)
- Live and Learn (6 October 1997)
- Family Matters (13 October 1997)
- Free as a Bird (18 September 1998)
- Sitting Target (25 September 1998)
- Stormy Weather (2 October 1998)
- Old Dog, New Trick (9 October 1998)
- Killing Time (16 October 1998)
- Deep Waters (23 October 1998)