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Star cast onboard for Noah's Ark
Carlton TV press release
19 May 1997

Filming started this week on Noah's Ark, a new six part drama series for ITV created by top TV writer Johnny Byrne (All Creatures Great and Small, Heartbeat).

Starring Anton Rodgers (Freshfields, May to December), Angela Thorne (To the Manor Born, Three Up Two Down), Orla Brady (The Heart Surgeon, Out of the Blue), and Peter Wingfield (Highlander, The Archers), the series revolves around a country veterinary practice in the Malvern Hills close to the Worcestershire market town of Melbury. The series, made by Whitehall Films for Carlton, is being filmed in the Vale of Evesham during the summer and is due to be shown on ITV in the Autumn.

Noah Kirby (Anton Rodgers) runs the family veterinary practice. His wife Valerie (Angela Thorne) tries to bring order to both the financial running of his business and to their home life — but she's fighting an ever losing battle.

Noah has a natural gift with animals often working from pure instinct, but this approach brings him into conflict with his son Tom (Peter Wingfield), who is also a qualified vet. Tom is reluctant to join his father in what he feels is an archaic practice going nowhere. However, he has yet to find his dream post elsewhere.

Wildlife vet Clare Somers (Orla Brady) occasionally uses Noah's surgery and the pair team up on difficult cases. Noah is a great fan of Clare and her work and his sentiments are shared by Tom when their paths cross...

Noah's Ark also starts Kate Alderton, Frederick Treves, Maryann Turner and Michael Jayston.

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