All Creatures Great and Small: Season 3, Episode 15

1983 Special (25 Dec. 1983)

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The war is finally over and James returns to Darrowby to rejoin his partners, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, in veterinary practice. James is having difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Timothy ...
John Sharp ...
Margaretta Scott ...
John Collin ...
Teddy Turner ...
Marjorie Sudell ...
Mrs. Hubbard
Tim Barker ...
Mr. Hammond
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Mr. Mason
Joseph Peters ...
George Mason
Annie Lambert ...
Caroline Fisher
Madeline Smith ...
Anne Grantley
Steve Halliwell ...


The war is finally over and James returns to Darrowby to rejoin his partners, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, in veterinary practice. James is having difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life however. His first call is to Mr. Biggins, who is the same old self and does nothing but complain about the vet's service. Relations are also strained with Helen: James is short-tempered with little Jimmy and can't seem to open up to her about his feelings. Mrs. Hall has passed on and Siegfried hires a new housekeeper, Mrs. Hubbard, whose culinary skills turn out to be somewhat lacking. Tristan, older but not necessarily wiser, is back with the bell ringers. Siegfried meets an old flame, Caroline, who returns to Darrowby after living in America. Written by garykmcd

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The episode included a poignant shot of a photograph of Mrs Hall, while James, Siegfried, Tristan and Helen remembered "absent friends". Mary Hignett who played Mrs Hall had died in 1980 shortly after the end of the previous (third) series, so her character had also died in the intervening time. See more »


Jimmy Herriot: What's pregnant?
Helen Herriot: It means you're going to have a little brother, or perhaps a sister.
Jimmy Herriot: I'd rather have a dog.
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On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at
Traditional Yorkshire folk song; sung to the Methodist hymnal tune "Cranbrook" (1805) (uncredited), written by 'Thomas Clark'
Performed by Peter Davison (uncredited), Christopher Timothy (uncredited), and other uncredited cast members.
Sung by Tristan and James, accompanied by others in the pub.
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Welcome home, James
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James returns to his small part of the world now that the war is over. The world has gone on while he's been gone. Yet while James is glad to return he can't quite get back into the life he left. There have been changes, yet not. A big change is returning to the son he left as a baby. There is also is insecurity working with the animals once again after a several year hiatus. The residents of Darrowby haven't changed though. What would the series be without the cantankerous Mr. Biggins? James is short-tempered and Helen basically tells him to get his act together. It takes a fishing trip with Sigfried to set things to rights once again.

ACGS is a series that will live forever. It's real, endearing, funny, and tragic. It is a model for what should be on television. I've read the books, read Herriot's biography, watched all the shows, and I never grow tired of it all. Heatwarming seems such an overused word, yet fits. This is a special that is will definitely leave fans satisfied.

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