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Bill Sellars obituary

Television producer best known for the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small

The television producer Bill Sellars, who has died aged 93, was in charge of a number of popular BBC dramas, notably every episode of All Creatures Great and Small. Based on the experiences and bestselling books of the vet Alf Wight (writing as James Herriot), the series depicted life in a 1930s veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire.

Sellars devised the show and cast it perfectly, signing Christopher Timothy to play James (resisting pressure from above to hire a big star), the veteran actor Robert Hardy for the key role of the tetchy senior vet Siegfried Farnon and a young Peter Davison as his brother, Tristan Farnon. Each man was often called upon to perform scenes elbow-deep in the back end of a cow, but this adherence to realism and the chemistry between the characters gave the show an extra dimension.

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