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All Creatures Great and Small is a British period drama based on the books by author and veterinary surgeon Alf Wright, known under the pen name James Herriot. The program aired in the United Kingdom on BBC One and in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the cable network A&E. The initial run of the series matched closely to the timeline of Herriot's first novels. The show starts in the mid 1930's when Herriot (Christopher Timothy) begins his veterinary career working with Siegfried Farnon (Robert Hardy) and his brother Tristan (Peter Davidson). As the series progressed the focus moved away from Herriot's solo adventures in veterinary surgery and became an ensemble drama with equal parts for Timothy, Hardy, and Davidson. All Creatures Great and Small also introduced James' future wife Helen (Carol Drinkwater and Lynda Bellingham) and his attempts to woo her into eventual marriage. The first run of the series ended in 1980, just as all the characters were about to become embroiled in the Second World War. This also marked the point where Wright's original novels ended. After two Christmas specials aired that were set after the war's end, a new version of the series premiered in 1988. Based on the characters from Wright's series but not his stories, the second running of All Creatures Great and Small moved ahead to the 1950s. In addition to the original characters, the revived series introduced a new member to the practice, Calum Buchanan (John McGlynn), and made the Herriot children recurring characters. All Creatures Great and Small ran for four more series of programs and ended in 1990 with a final Christmas episode.