The Yorkshire Vet star airs concerns about Channel 5 series ‘Nerve wracking’

The Yorkshire Vet attends to a horse with Amanda

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The new series of The Yorkshire Vet has finally returned to Channel 5. Fans were delighted to see resident veterinarians Julian Norton and Peter Wright back last week as they tended to animals in need at their practices in North Yorkshire. The duo, who have been a staple on the show since it began in 2015, have quickly become firm favourites with viewers. However, in the upcoming weeks, three younger vets will be featuring more on the reality series.

Veterinarians Shona Searson, David Melleney and Matthew Smith are all relatively new faces to the programme, and in the upcoming series, the trio will be appearing more.

However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the TV stars admitted they were nervous about making their debut on the programme.

Matthew aired his initial concerns about taking part in the series, as he admitted it was “nerve-wracking”.

He explained: “I think one of the biggest and nerve-wracking things is because the show is so well established and when new characters come in and it’s like you’ve got a new favourite season that you’re watching, and suddenly new people arrive and you’re like, ‘Christ’.”

Speaking about the pressures of having film cameras around all the time, the vet continued: “I think definitely to start with there was pressure you know.

“But then you get used to having the cameras around.

“It’s nice to have an extra pair of hands on the farm and there have been times where they’ve had to put their camera down and get stuck in.”

Shona explained, to begin with, she was worried about featuring on The Yorkshire Vet because the show was already so well established, and she wasn’t sure how fans would react to them.

 

“I was really worried about whether they would be accepting of new faces,” she explained.

In agreement, Matthew added: “We were not sure how the audience was going to react as they’re used to watching it and then suddenly there is a new face.

“And they’d be like, ‘I don’t know who these people are, are they going to be any good?’

“And you can’t say down the channel, ‘Hi guys, we are trying our best’.”

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David went on to explain how he made his debut on the series as he admitted he didn’t know Channel 5 were filming.

Speaking about his first appearance, David recalled: “I went on a visit to Cannon Hall Farm which is a big open farm, and I didn’t know they were filming.

“I was just called into the vets and there was a calving going on, and they called me in for the calving and they said, ‘By the way can we film it?’

“And I was like, ‘Okay let’s see what happens’ and anyway it went quite well and that’s where it started.”

 

Despite their initial worries, Shona, David and Matthew have been given a warm reception from The Yorkshire Vet fans.

David explained: “The reaction to the three of us has been far warmer, as you always think, ‘How is it going to go down?’

“It has been really nice to see from people we meet through work and other things you see online.”

“There’s a support group on Facebook and everyone has been so nice and welcoming to the series,” David added. “It is a really sweet and humbling experience.”

The Yorkshire Vet airs on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 5.

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