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All Creatures Great and Small 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (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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Series cast summary:


James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the late 1930s and 1940's. He gets a job at 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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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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?


During the filming of the second series (shown September-December 1978), Christopher Timothy broke his leg in a car crash. Some of the storylines had to be altered to explain why James Herriot was walking with a limp, or spent most of his time in the surgery rather than going out to farms to treat animals. 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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Piano Parchment
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Composed by Johnny Pearson
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All Creatures Great & Small
10 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film (and indeed series) is set in 1930's Britain, not the 1940's as stated elsewhere in this site, as Britain was involved in that fracas called the Second World War from 1939 and both Farnon and Herriot joined up with the Royal Air Force.... The books did carry on for the post war period but the film is firmly in the 30's! The attention to detail - even down to the advertisements by the roadside, is extraordinary, whilst the realisation of pre-war Britain, with its optimism, rugged individuality and, determination in sometimes very difficult circumstances is heartwarming. As a small piece of trivia, Christopher Timothy, who plays James Herriot has a limp in the later series, as he (for real) broke his leg during the filming of series two. Hardy, who played S. Farnon, is now even better known for his role as the Minister For Magic, in the Harry Potter films!

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