Recurring examples of perseverance and compassion, both among humans and from humans to the animals in their charge. A young man sets foot into adulthood and his first career step with an open mind and a willingness to learn, which helps him gain maturity.
No violence, but some of the scenes can be fairly graphic when they involve the care of animals. One shows a laboring cow in distress and James with his arm fully extended inside the birth canal trying to pull the calf during a contraction. In another, an abscess on a horse’s hoof is drained of pus.
The series is inspired by James Herriot’s book series and a previous TV adaptation of the same name.
Pub drinking is common, and several characters smoke pipes.