Helen visits the surgery with her dog Dan, but James is embarrassed by his performance when he last saw her at the dance. He nonetheless manages to ask her out to the movies, but once again... See full summary »

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Jack Watson ...
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Cyril Appleton ...
Billy Dalby
Stephen Bratt ...
William Dalby
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Ivor Salter ...
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Helen visits the surgery with her dog Dan, but James is embarrassed by his performance when he last saw her at the dance. He nonetheless manages to ask her out to the movies, but once again, their date is a bit of a disaster. The film he thought they were to see has been replaced by a cheap western and Gobber Newhouse, in his cups, provides a bit of unexpected entertainment. Tristan reads with interest in the local newspaper that there may be a historical basis for the ghost that haunts Raines Abbey, given that several monks were killed there several centuries ago. Sure enough, the ghost soon makes another appearance. James has to deal with a farmer who insists his cow was struck by lightning and wants James to provide the necessary documentation to support an insurance claim. Siegfried lectures James and Tristan on their forgetting equipment during their farm visits; of course, Siegfried needs to listen to his own advice. Written by garykmcd

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When Siegfried is congratulating Tristan on getting rid of Mr. Cranford, Christopher Timothy is trying desperately not to laugh. See more »

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Possibly the worst adaption
16 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This episode is possibly the worst adaption of all the stories in this otherwise absolute all time classic of UK TV. Thankfully the outstanding cast and stunning locations carry it all through however the 'Raynes Ghost' part is terribly poorly handled from the original story where Tristan is known to be the ghost to James as he and Blenkiron give chase to the 'ghost'. The part where Tristan gives James a scare in the original story is a genuinely spooky moment which the TV producers utterly fail to portray. to the screen. A thankfully rare blip in this otherwise outstanding show. I'm being overly harsh but as this story is my favourite of all Herriot's stories and is disappointingly handled here.


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