All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990)

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The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
Christopher Timothy ...
 James Herriot / ... (90 episodes, 1978-1990)
 Siegfried Farnon / ... (90 episodes, 1978-1990)
 Tristan Farnon / ... (65 episodes, 1978-1990)
Lynda Bellingham ...
 Helen Herriot / ... (47 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mary Hignett ...
 Mrs. Hall / ... (40 episodes, 1978-1980)
 Helen / ... (39 episodes, 1978-1985)


James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the 1940's. He is assigned to the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who (together with his mischievous brother Tristan) already have a successful business. James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county (including the Farnon brothers) as the animals in his care. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Release Date:

8 January 1978 (UK)  »

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All Creatures Great & Small  »

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(91 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Robert Hardy had problems with the writers in the later seasons of the show, in that they seemed to be inserting scenes in every episode where Siegfried Farnon would lose his temper and "blow up" to comic effect. Hardy had to fight with the writers to give Siegfried the dimensions and depth of character he felt he'd had in the show's early seasons. See more »


Mrs. Pumphrey: [orders Hodgekin to throw rings for her Pekinese, Tricki Woo. He throws one feebly] Oh, a little further than *that*, Hodgekin!
Mrs. Pumphrey: [he throws it miles] Not into the rose bed, Hodgekin! We wouldn't want Tricki to get pricky-paw!
Hodgekin: [muttered] Who wouldn't?
Mrs. Pumphrey: *What* was that? What was that, Hodgekin?
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Referenced in The Cult of...: All Creatures Great and Small (2008) See more »


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One of the very best shows ever produced, period.

Set in the ruggedly beautiful Yorkshire Dales during the years leading up to WW2, All Creatures Great & Small follows the adventures of a veterinary practice supporting the local farming community in 1930s Northern England. This wonderful adaptation of the books by James Herriot has timeless appeal for the whole family. I've watched the series in its entirety three or four times since it was made and it still remains fresh and very enjoyable. In addition to an abundance of charm and humor, the quality that makes this TV series so exceptional is believability. After watching a few episodes, the viewer becomes convinced that James Herriot, Sigfried Farnon, and his brother Tristan Farnon are really qualified vets...just watch one or two of the many scenes involving surgery or calfing and you will see my point. Real proceedures, which the actors actually perform, are conducted under the expert guidance of qualified vets on the set, including the author James Herriot himself. The many and varied supporting actors are also convincing as real people involved in real situations. The leading cast led by Christopher Timothy as James Herriot, Robert Hardy as Siegfried Farnon, Peter Davidson as his brother Tristan, and Carol Drinkwater as James' wife Helen, are all fabulous. The powerful presence of Robert Hardy as Siegfried is particularly compelling, and its easy to see why he's considered by many to be the finest actor in Britain. When compared to other programs of its genre and indeed other TV series in general, this adaptation of the classic All Creatures Great & Small is simply outstanding. Eleven out of ten.

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