Noel Fitzpatrick discusses how the Channel 4 programme The Supervet was “nobody’s choice.”


Noel Fitzpatrick discusses how the Channel 4 programme The Supervet was “nobody’s choice.”

Noel Fitzpatrick, star of Channel 4’s SUPERVET, has spoken out about the show’s beginnings, stating that no one wanted to commission it at first.

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick is a well-known veterinary surgeon who starred in Channel 4’s famous documentary series The Supervet. Noel reflected on the origins of The Supervet in a recent interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, admitting that he struggled to get the show commissioned at first.

Noel has amassed a large following among Channel 4 viewers over the years, since his show The Supervet has aired for 16 seasons.

The show follows Noel and his Fitzpatrick Referrals team as they provide cutting-edge treatments and surgery to some of the country’s most difficult-to-cure dogs.

Throughout his career, veterinarian Noel has pioneered surgery, including fitting a dog with the world’s first prosthetic leg.

In 2010, he was the focus of The Bionic Vet, a BBC documentary series.

Despite his triumphs, Noel has recently admitted that when he first pitched the idea for The Supervet, he struggled to have it commissioned.

The veterinarian disclosed on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that one of his song choices on the show was influenced by The Supervet’s beginnings.

“My next music is from one of the most overlooked British bands of all time,” he continued. Depeche Mode is the band, and the song is called Try Walking In My Shoes.

“The reason it’s so significant to me is because no one wanted The Supervet TV show when I tried to sell it,” the veterinarian explained.

“I did The Bionic Vet for the BBC, but it was not commissioned again,” he added.

“I couldn’t get a show,” Noel explained, “so I wrote to Nat Geo in America, National Geographic, and they agreed to give me a shot.”

“Yes, and you’re such a great Depeche Mode fan that you opted to conduct the pitch from the same hotel room in Los Angeles where Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan luckily escaped an accidental drug overdose,” Lauren said.

“What were they thinking?” says the narrator. “What made you want to do it there in the first place?” Lauren enquired.

Noel remarked, “I believed if Dave Gahan could survive that hotel room, I could certainly survive presenting the first pitch for The Supervet TV show in the same room.”

Luckily. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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