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

Also Known As:

All Creatures Great & Small  »

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(91 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alf Wight (the real James Herriot) initially stipulated that all the incidents in the TV series had to be closely based on those in his books. By the end of Season 3, all of Wight's books had been televised, and it was thought that the series would have to end. However producer Bill Sellars persuaded Wight to let the scriptwriters devise new stories as long as the scripts were approved by him and remained faithful to the spirit of his books. See more »


Tristan Farnon: [said frequently] You're out of your *mind*, Siegfried!
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Referenced in Show Me the Telly: Episode #1.6 (2013) See more »


Piano Parchment
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Composed by Johnny Pearson
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Brings back good memories
8 August 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this TV series during a 3-year stay in the UK (father's work), when it was first aired. I was going through kindergarten/primary school at the time. Absolutely loved it! That may be more of a personal memory and less of a 'review', but the simple fact that this is one of the few things I remember so well must account for something...

The starting tune never fails to bring a smile on my face. Good acting from the main character, James Herriot. I saw an episode not too long ago and I must say, the series hasn't lost it charm after all these years. It's seem almost timeless, which in my opinion is one of the best compliments possible. The scenery in the series is breathtakingly beautiful and the stories are charming, entertaining and very 'feelgood'. Good memories!

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