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TV Shows - All Creatures Great and Small

The BBC series based on the books by James Herriot, the nom de plume of Alf Wright that ran on BBC One from 1978 to 1990. James Herriot (Christopher Timothy) is a Vet that starts work in the Yorkshire Dales village of Darrowby, starting in the late 1930s. The series follows Herriot's work with eccentric but kind veterinary practice owner Siegfried Farnon (Robert Hardy) and the exploits of Siegfried's brother Tristan Farnon (Peter Davison).

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1 I thought this show was stuffy until Tristan showed up! What a big lovable goof! It was heart warming all the way through and showed how much people expected out of vets in those days! Even if they knew they would never be paid, they never turned down an animal in need of their care. I was delighted when I found out James Heriot was a real person and the TV show was based on his writings. -- Submitted By: (martymarty) on August 4, 2014, 4:34 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 richardparker, Glad you've come around. I hope you get the chance to catch some eps on that website that rhymes with Few Moob. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on November 26, 2013, 10:32 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 My father watched this show on PBS every Sunday evening (PBS was rather big in our household)..I HATED it as a kid...but I understand now that it was a very popular and well done program -- Submitted By: (richardparker) on October 30, 2013, 12:26 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Thanks for commenting on this one,Nyssa and Mythigator. It's one of my fave Brit shows of all time!I used to look forward to watching this every Sunday morning when it came on my local PBS station with its great mixture of drama, humor and just the dynamics between the leads themselves, the patient animals they treated (and the patients' owners they had to deal with re paying the bills,etc.) There's so much to like and be intrigued with this, it's hard to know where to start. I liked how they did a great deal of location filming all over the Dales including in REAL stone barns in miserable, rainy days where foggy breath was the norm- just as many vets have had to put up with . James was a good nebbishy straight man here who could be easily intimidated by animal's owners, his fiancee/wife Helen and his co-workers when they'd try to put stuff over on him. However; he'd become a virtual unstoppable superhero if there was a possibility of one of his animal patients' needlessly suffering with no one and nothing would get him to back down! It's a good thing he cared for and liked animals so much because he had no escape from them- even when he lived in Skeldale House with his vet partners the Farnon Brothers(the sons of an unseen mother who was a Wagner fan), the bombastic elder brother Siegfried always had large numbers of big dogs following him. Tristan was more of a laidback goof who was often trying to scam James to do more of his work but he often provided the necessary comic relief when the drama got too serious. Totally devoted to the group and not the least bit daunted by all these men and dogs was their sturdy housekeeper Mrs. Hall whom even Siegfried deferred to. Of course, James had more in his life than dogs and Farnons when, to his unexpected delight, this gorgeous, sweet local girl named Helen actually took an interest in him and was even willing to marry him despite their having to live in a house with all these other men and dogs! Helen, it turned out also had his passion for making things right with the animals in their corner of the world. James and the Farnon Brothers treated a wide range of animals everything from plowhorses,calving cows to pampered pooches and cats. Of course, while the world may have seemed timeless to their patients, it wasn't for the humans who were struggling with the Great Depression and then the start of World War II and soon the War would scatter the Herriots and Farnons to the wind and the show would end for the time being. Three years later, they revived the show in a postwar setting back in the Dales but it wasn't nearly as fun or interesting (Callum did his best but he was no Tristan). What seemed to be the most abrupt substitution was the replacement of the stunning and kindly Carol Drinkwater who'd played Helen with the decidedly more matronly and less sympathetic Lynda Bellingham. Think of it had Suzanne Pleshette left "Bob Newhart" and they brought in Rose Marie to play Emily Hartley! James just didn't seem to think of himself as lucky-he-got-her with Lynda as he did with Carol. Also, their kids seemed a bit cardboard. Still, even the latter years are worth watching if one has the chance! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 22, 2010, 10:10 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I've only seen a few episodes of this show (just the ones that the public library had), but I've liked them all. One thing that's cool is you don't HAVE to have read the books in order to enjoy the show (although it does help a little). -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on April 20, 2010, 11:57 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Still love this programme. I don't particularly like the series where Tristan left and Callum took over, but it is still very enjoyable. -- Submitted By: (Nyssa) on April 17, 2010, 2:38 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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