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All Creatures Great and Small 7 Seasons

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (279) IMDb 8.3/10

In 1937, a young, newly-qualified veterinarian surgeon, James Herriot arrives in the picturesque village of Darrowby to take up his first job in the established veterinary practice of Sigfried and Tristan Farnon. But in rural Yorkshire, with few medicines available, the treatment of sick animals still seems to be rooted in the Dark Ages. This, together with the country-folk's inherent suspicion of strangers, poses problems for James Herriot in the early years of his career.

Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy

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Season 1

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1. Horse Sense

Life for a newly-qualified veterinarian in a small town is not at all easy. To begin with, you have to find a job - and that's not a simple thing to do in the 1930s.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: January 8, 1978

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2. Dog Days

James struggles as he discovers first-hand that a vet's life is not as enviable as he once imagined.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 15, 1978

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3. It Takes All Kinds

Routine at the veterinarian practice is shattered when Siegfried employs a secretary and James meets Helen Alderson.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: January 22, 1978

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4. Calf Love

Siegfried has a major victory and his brother Tristan has to deal with pigs in more ways than one. James meets a rival.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 29, 1978

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5. Out of Practice

The veterinarian practice continues to grow, but James' love life doesn't seem to have the same luck. Tristan takes a hand and arranges a double blind date.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 5, 1978

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6. Nothing Like Experience

James is successful planning a new date, without the assistance of his boss. Meanwhile, the practice loses a customer thanks to Tristan.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: February 12, 1978

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7. Golden Lads and Girls

James' luck changes for the better in his romance with Helen. But for the Dalby family, there seems to be no such fortunes.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: February 19, 1978

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8. Advice and Consent

Siegfried gives some sound advice and James acts upon it.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 12, 1978

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9. The Last Furlon

James discovers that some farmers like to practice their own veterinarian medicine, and sometimes the vet can cure the farmer.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: March 19, 1978

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10. Sleeping Partners

James and Helen have a working honeymoon, and Siegfried makes Tristan work for his finals.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 26, 1978

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11. Bulldog Breed

When the animal stock of one man has invested all his savings is struck by a deadly disease, what can a vet do?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: April 2, 1978

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12. Practice Makes Perfect

Tristan fails his exam, James discovers a guilty secret, and Siegfried embarks upon a physical fitness program.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: April 9, 1978

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13. Breath of Life

Siegfried discovers that a gift given in good faith can often have negative consequences. James learns that coping with death can accidentally be the gift of life.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: April 16, 1978

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Format: DVD
This DVD presents in a simple straightforward package the first TV season (13 episodes of approx 55 mins each)of the classic "All Creatures Great and Small" series based on the books of the Veterinary Surgeon James Herriot.
An aditional one hour documentary interview with the real James Herriot is also included.
The original series was a weekly "must see" event and I found myself drawn back to watch just one more episode on this DVD despite serious attempts to make it last.
The picture quality is what you would expect for a 25 year old British TV show however this in no way detracts from its enjoyment. The happy flowing music that rolls with the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery puts you right in the mood to get to know and experience the trials and tribulations of James Herriot and the people and animals he meets.
Although the books were written by Herriot the main characters that stand out in this series are his new employer Siegfried Farnon and Siegfrieds brother Tristan. Both characters are played extremely well by two excellent british actors Robert Hardy and Peter Davison. Hardy extracts tha maximum entertainment from Siegfrieds ebullient often frustrating character.
In the end you will connect with the Dales farmers and wonder at the 'black magic' of veterinary science in the mid 1930's but like Gerald Durrels books the animals that entertain the most are of the human species.
This DVD will guarantee a good satisfying viewing experience and while not intended to be a comedy provides some hilarious situations for the main characters.
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Format: VHS Tape
In the early 1980's, when I was in law school, my wife and I recorded many of the episodes in this collection on our old Betamax video recorder. At night, after a long and trying day, we would watch them over and over with our then little girls curled up on the couch in their blanket sleepers. This is one of the handful of television series I have EVER watched as an adult. There was an overwhelming comfort in entering into this warm household of eccentrics -- James, Siegfried and Tristan, with Mrs. Hall hovering in the kitchen. Of course, the animal stories and the forays into the landscape and characters of the Yorkshire Dales are fascinating, but isn't it really the inexplicable hominess of Skeldale House that draws us back again and again?
For years my wife and I searched unsuccessfully for copies of these episodes. Our Betamax machine is, alas, long gone and our little girls are in college. But what a joy to see the series afresh after nearly twenty years. The music has a certain dated cheeziness about it, but how marvelous to be back in the sitting room or in the surgery again with James, Siegfried and Company.
Some other thoughts:
1. While I hope to get the later series, this is the best by far from a dramatic point of view, with James struggling to prove himself, Helen still unattainable and the complex relationship of Siegfried and Tristan freshly viewed.
2. I do wish this set were available on DVD.
3. The acting -- especially from Robert Hardy as Siegfried -- is so superb from this little ensemble. There is the stuff of greatness about the inherent tension, irony and exquisitely restrained comedy of the trio.
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"The best of the best" The original set of six boxed videos. There are 12 episodes in all, begining with James' arrival at Skeldale House and the start of his career as a vet under Seigfried. Filled with all kinds of English characters, the series is a delightful peek at England and the English, before WWII. This classic series cannot be beaten for true value. Marooned on a deserted isle?... make sure you have this set with you. You'll never tire of watching these brilliant videos.
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Of all the superb British productions, none touch the heart quite like All Creatures Great and Small. Certainly, this delightful comedy-drama is one of our entire family's all-time favourites--one which we've watched numerous times and continue to enjoy to this day.
Though the names of people and places were changed, the series is based on the true stories of Yorkshire veterinarian, James Herriot (the nom de plume of Alf Wight, who sadly died of prostate cancer in 1995 at age 78). The series opens in the early 1930s with James (played by Christopher Timothy), a serious-minded and very conscientious newly qualified vet, arriving in the tiny Yorkshire farming town of Darrowby for a job interview at Skeldale House, the home/surgery of veterinarian Siegfried Farnon (Robert Hardy). Siegfried, though a very competent vet and an extremely generous man, is one of the most contrary and mercurial individuals. Heaven help the other members of the practice, who walk on eggshells most of the time as it is, should he get a bee in his bonnet about something! The third member of the practice (if one can call him that, for he's still a veterinary student in the early episodes), is Siegfried's younger brother (and polar opposite in temperament), Tristan (Peter Davison). Tristan is a gregarious, skirt-chasing practical joker and one of the laziest individuals around. Certainly, he'd rather have a pint, play a prank, or chat up the girls than study for exams or be on call at the surgery. The stage is set then for some very comical situations, which are rendered all the funnier and all the more welcome as relief from the very real drama of the stories.
Apart from the vets, the series is peppered with a wealth of memorable characters.
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