Christmas 1953 is fast approaching but the vets are dealing with their usual assortment of diseased animals and entertaining locals. James is particularly impressed by Frank Gillard's farm. Gillard ...
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
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Robert Hardy had problems with the writers in the later seasons of the show in that they seemed to be inserting scenes in every episode where Siegfried Farnon would lose his temper and "blow up" to comic effect. Hardy had to fight with the writers to give Siegfried the dimensions and depth of character he felt he'd had in the show's early seasons. 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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