All Creatures Great and Small

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  • TV-PG
  • 1978
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.4  (4,155)

All Creatures Great and Small is a British television show that aired on BBC America from 1978 to 1990. Set in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1930s, the series is based on the books of the same name by veterinary surgeon James Herriot. The show follows the adventures of newly qualified veterinarian James Herriot (Christopher Timothy) as he begins his career in the Dales. James quickly learns that life as a vet in rural Yorkshire is not all sunshine and roses as he faces harsh weather, difficult clients, and an unpredictable array of animals. Fortunately, he has the guidance of experienced veterinarian Siegfried Farnon (Robert Hardy) and his brother Tristan (Peter Davison) to help him navigate the ups and downs of the job.

Siegfried, a gruff but caring man, takes James under his wing and teaches him the ins and outs of being a country veterinarian. Tristan, on the other hand, is a bit more cavalier than his brother, often getting into trouble and causing headaches for Siegfried and James. Together, the three of them form an unlikely but effective team.

Throughout the series, James and his colleagues treat a wide range of animals, from cows to cats to horses, and everything in between. Some of the cases they handle are heartbreaking, and the show doesn't shy away from portraying the harsh realities of veterinary medicine. However, there are also plenty of heartwarming moments as the team works tirelessly to help the animals they encounter.

The show is also notable for its portrayal of life in rural Yorkshire during the 1930s. Viewers get a glimpse into the daily lives of the farmers and residents of the area, and the show's attention to detail in depicting the time period is impressive. From the costumes to the sets to the accents, All Creatures Great and Small transports viewers back in time.

In addition to its main cast, the show features a rotating cast of supporting characters, including farmers, clients, and other veterinary professionals. Many of these characters become recurring fixtures throughout the series, and viewers will quickly become invested in their fates.

All Creatures Great and Small is a show that will appeal to animal lovers and fans of period dramas alike. Its combination of heartwarming moments and gritty realism make for a compelling viewing experience. The chemistry between the main cast is undeniable, and viewers will find themselves rooting for James, Siegfried, and Tristan as they navigate the challenges of veterinary medicine and life in rural Yorkshire.

Overall, All Creatures Great and Small is a classic British television show that has stood the test of time. Its themes of kindness, compassion, and the importance of community are just as relevant today as they were when the show first premiered over forty years ago. If you're looking for a show that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between, All Creatures Great and Small is definitely worth a watch.

All Creatures Great and Small is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (90 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 1978.

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Christmas Special 1990: Brotherly Love
13. Christmas Special 1990: Brotherly Love
December 25, 1990
It is Christmas 1953, and an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease has hits the Dales.
Promises to Keep
12. Promises to Keep
November 17, 1990
Tristan has to face the terrors of an enormous sow, Our Gracie, and her litter of piglets, who are due to be castrated. Mrs. Clarke, a very determined old lady, is struggling to keep her farm running until she can hand it over to her young granddaughter, Mary. But she is reaching the stage when she can no longer handle the pressures, even with her elder granddaughter.
11. Hampered
November 10, 1990
Siegfried is laid up at Skeldale with his foot in plaster. His dreams of mouthwatering meals prepared by Mrs. Alton are soon shattered by her regime of a strict diet "for an invalid". Tristan falls for the dark, sad-eyed beauty, Angela Mortime. Fortunately, the demanding dog Tricky-Woo provides an ideal excuse for Tristan to make a number of house calls.
Old Dogs,New Tricks
10. Old Dogs,New Tricks
November 3, 1990
Siegfried takes a close friend to task for wasting his own talents as a veterinary surgeon. Ewan Ross -- "the best horse man north of the Humber" has let his career slide gently into the whisky bottle after the death of his wife. But Siegfried is determined to make use of his considerable skills. James, meanwhile, is strangely reluctant to take on responsibility for Mrs. Pumphrey's beloved Tricky-Woo when she announces that she is off to France.
A Grand Memory For Forgetting
9. A Grand Memory For Forgetting
October 27, 1990
Siegfried is determined to discover who shot Korean War veteran Jacob Pearson's dog. The suspect is Captain Crawford's willful and surly 20-year-old son, Hugh. Both James and Siegfried have extraordinarily little success in extracting payment from wily farmer Dennis Pratt -- until they discover he may be sneaking his cows onto a neighboring farm to enjoy better grazing.
A Cat In Hull's Chance
8. A Cat In Hull's Chance
October 20, 1990
There's unusual friction in the Herriot household when 12- year-old daughter Rosie announces that she wants to become a vet. James goes out of his way to show her the arduous, dirty and dangerous side of his work, while Helen thinks he ought to encourage her. Siegfried, meanwhile, manages to lose Mrs. Pettinger's kitten Prudence, which escapes from the surgery and hitches a ride to Hull.
Food For Thought
7. Food For Thought
October 13, 1990
Buffoon, Stewie Brannen, an old friend of Siegfried's, has invited the distinguished Professor Norton to a black tie dinner, and prevails upon Siegfried to host it at Skeldale -- and lend him a dinner suit. But disaster looms when Siegfried and Stewie are called out for a calving, in full evening dress, and James has to hold the fort with an irritable Mrs. Alton.
Out With the New
6. Out With the New
October 6, 1990
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation is cause for Darrowby celebrations on a grand scale. James and Helen's 12-year-old daughter, Rosie, is due to be crowned too, as Darrowby's pageant princess. Siegfried resorts to traditional cures when he tackles a sheep with liver fluke, and is all too eager to pass on to James a rather smelly problem afflicting a dog called Wolfie.
Spring Fever
5. Spring Fever
September 29, 1990
The mysterious Mrs. Donovan poses problems for all three partners. Siegfried rashly dismisses her as "a warm-hearted woman who loves animals" -- until she starts interfering with his patients and there seems to be no limit to her homespun remedies. Lovely Rosemary Brocklehurst attracts the romantic attention of Tristan when she brings in Esmerelda, a tortoise, which won't come out of its shell.
A Friend For Life
4. A Friend For Life
September 22, 1990
Tragedy strikes Bill Shadwell when his herd of dairy shorthorns contracts Johne's disease. As Shadwell nears retirement, his son wants to move into more profitable Friesian dairy cattle. Mr. Grimsdale's bull has a serious problem and Siegfried is convinced it has swallowed a dangerous metal object. But tightfisted Grimsdale doesn't think an operation is needed.
If Music Be The Food of Love
3. If Music Be The Food of Love
September 15, 1990
Tristan is smitten over the lovely Jane Mercer. When he discovers that she sings in the choral society, Tristan develops a fresh interest in anything musical. Farmer Biggins. a legendary non-payer of vets' bills, finally meets his match when Granville Bennett - "the finest small animal practitioner in the north" attends his tom cat and forces Biggins to settle his outstanding account in full.
Knowin' How To Do It
2. Knowin' How To Do It
September 8, 1990
Planting a syringe full of anti-abortion vaccine into a farmer's backside creates a mini-crisis for Tristan. Farmer Nat Briggs is convinced that his chances of starting a family have been ruined by Tristan's clumsiness and waits for a chance to confront him. But it is Siegfried who gets a letter threatening court action.
The Prodigal Returns
1. The Prodigal Returns
September 1, 1990
Tristan is must manage domestic challenges when James and Helen play a practical joke with a "Welcome Home" card from an old female admirer. A new housekeeper, Mrs. Alton, has been recruited by Siegfried to keep a watchful eye on Tristan, who is delighted to discover that Mrs. Alton is a rather attractive young widow. But this is not the Mrs. Alton that Siegfried had in mind.
Where to Watch All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small is available for streaming on the BBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch All Creatures Great and Small on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon and Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 1978
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (4,155)