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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 James Herriot (90 episodes, 1978-1990)
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 Siegfried Farnon (90 episodes, 1978-1990)
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 Tristan Farnon / ... (65 episodes, 1978-1990)
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 Helen Herriot (47 episodes, 1988-1990)
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 Mrs. Hall / ... (40 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Helen / ... (39 episodes, 1978-1985)
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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During the first three seasons of the show, Christopher Timothy and Carol Drinkwater, who played James and Helen Herriot, had an off-screen relationship. Although the relationship ended amicably, Drinkwater decided not to return to the show when it was revived for Seasons 4-7. Her part was re-cast, with Lynda Bellingham as Helen. See more »

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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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Featured in The Cult of...: All Creatures Great and Small (2008) See more »

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Piano Parchment
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Composed by Johnny Pearson
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A brilliant and authentic recreation of the Herriott stories
28 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The original series of 41 episodes was a beautifully accurate version of the Herriott books. Superb acting is expected in a British production, and this is no exception, as the actors do an amazing job of capturing the essence of the even the minor characters. The vets, Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davison are especially true, as is Carol Drinkwater (most superior to her replacement as Helen). The series also captures the essence of the Yorkshire Dales: the lovely green hillsides, wide vistas and individualistic spirit. Visiting that area is like stepping into the Herriott stories, as we discovered in 1982 and many subsequent visits. And having a pint with the cast between shooting on location showed us how authentic the series is. Many people don't realize that these are not `warm, fuzzy' animal stories. Each episode has a moral point to make and makes it subtly, through action not speeches. The series is also inspirational, for it is, implicitly, the story of the birth of scientific veterinary medicine.


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