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
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Cringley House, the building in Askrigg that was used as the filming location for the exterior of Skeldale House, was for many years a home for vulnerable adults. However new owners opened it as a bed-and-breakfast and tea-room on 23 March 2013. Jim Wight, son of Alf Wight (aka James Herriot) was due to perform the opening ceremony but was unable to attend because the roads to Askrigg were blocked by heavy snow. The building was renamed Skeldale House in honour of its connection with the programme. See more »
I'll make it unanimous (so far). When All Creatures first aired in the States, I had already enjoyed the books immensely and doubted that a television production could do author James Herriot's work justice.(A pen name, I believe his real name is Alfred White.) I was delighted to be wrong in that assumption, brilliantly adapted and endearingly performed. It quickly became and remains to this day one of my favorite programs. I particularly recommend the earlier seasons for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Carol Drinkwater as Helen Herriot. I only wish that like Holly the computer on Red Dwarf, who had Lister wipe his memory banks of the collected works of Agatha Christie so that he would have something interesting to read. That I could experience All Creatures Great and Small again, for the first time.
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