I was really looking forward to this remake of all creatures great and small because the filmography in the original series is a bit grainy. The film quality of this new version is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL - crisp lines, bright colors, lovely scenery BUT...it lacks. Its like a gloriously decorated cookie that tastes like cardboard. The books and the original series captured the essence of veterinary medicine in the 30s. I've been re-watching the original and it's really great how accurate they are when using medical terms and procedures (I'm a vet...I know). This one seems to drop a lot of the veterinary scenes in favor of following dramatic plotlines that were not present in the original or book (Mrs. Hall's abused past, Siegfried's heartbreak over his dead wife, Helen's little sister wanting to be a vet, etc.) Meanwhile it strays away from the funny stuff. (The good humored confusion caused by the local dialect being hard to understand. The home remedies that were tried instead of calling the vet, etc.) There also seems to be a lot of feminism thrown in which is just overdone nowadays. Let Helen be a good cook for goodness sakes. It just lacks heart.