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Sunday, January 31, 2021

All Creatures Great and Small


There is a new version out of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, which aired last Sunday, having already run in the UK.  A reader asked of the community:

Thoughts on the all new version of All Creatures Great and Small?



32 comments:

  1. We are thoroughly enjoying it. Diana Rigg is terrific in her final role.

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    1. You might like Detectorists. Rigg and her real life daughter Rachel Sterling play mother and daughter in re-occuring episodes. The show is a lovely bit of comedy.

      I do love this reboot of All Creatures. This Sigfried is fantastic.

      David J Cooper

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    2. I second this recommendation!

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  2. A spot on review. We look forward to PBS on Sunday evening, starting with "Miss Scarlet and the Duke", followed by "All Creatures Great and Small". I agree that it comes at a time when "exhaling is important". This is a needed dose of loveliness, humanity and community.

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  3. We are enjoying it immensely. It's reminiscent of Masterpiece Theatre's classic, golden era.

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  4. Jusy superb! Thank you so much!

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  5. My family absolutely love it. We are big fans of the books and original series, even traveling to Alf Wight's home in Thirsk, Yorkshire for a tour. It is the light hearted and beautiful tonic we all need right now.

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  6. I like the new version but I'm partial to the old. We are watching both and comparing them. Win-win!

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  7. totally enjoying this wonderful new version of All Creatures Great and Small!





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  8. Wanted to love it, but didn't. I liked the actor who played James, but the actors for Tristan and Siegfried missed the mark for me. Maybe it was the invented storylines more than the actors themselves, but the show didn't capture the wonderful spirit and humor of the books for me. It felt dramatized for TV in an inauthentic way and didn't show enough animals.

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    1. "Didn't show enough animals." ???

      Hmmm, and all along I thought I was watching the great new PBS series, but I guess I must have been watching "The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)" instead.

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    2. "I liked the actor who played James, but the actors for Tristan and Siegfried missed the mark for me."

      My wife and I have had the same reaction. We also liked the new housekeeper. Given the usual alternatives, this program is totally fun and refreshing.

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    3. Mrs Hall did not have much of a role in the original . Interesting to see this storyline. I am ok with Siegfried- not as eccentric in the new one. Tristan was a dirtbag in the original and a dirtbag in the new.

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  9. We don't have a TV, but I do recommend reading all of the books.

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  10. I really enjoy it, unfortunately I do not have any experience with the original to compare.

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  11. We're really enjoying it. It's been years since wither my wife or I have seen the earlier 1978 version.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

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  12. Loving it! I've seen the original series and I really enjoy both versions.

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  13. I love the 1978 series, especially the late Robert Hardy as Siegfried Farnon, but I am enjoying the new series. If you can get it, a tv series called "The Yorkshire Vet"is based at the Skeldale practice where James Wight (Herriot was his pen name) practiced veterinary medicine and found inspiration for his writing. One of the senior vets at the practice, Peter Wright, joined the Skeldale practice in 1982 and worked with James Wight. Its fun to see the country where the practice still thrives today.

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    1. Wight was called Alf, his middle name, by his family and friends.

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  14. Saw that last year. It's not bad.

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  15. The latest version of "All Creatures Great and Small" on Masterpiece is a gift in these troubling times. So soothing, and well-made (as are a lot of English made items). I had not seen the 1970's version before this, but I've found it on BritBox and I'm supplementing my screen time with this older show. It's calming, a sedative, a tranquilizer, and a hope that things can return to 'normal'. In a word, both shows are a restorative. So brew a pot of tea, light the fire, and settle down to an hour of decompression, comfort, and some animals. PS DON'T watch the evening news after this show if a good night's sleep is what you're after.

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  16. I couldn't watch last night. I was madly in love with Diana Rigg as a teenager and just couldn't bear to see what time renders to us all.

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  17. Torn between this Helen and the original other.

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  18. Love it and am disappointed the first season is only 6 episodes. Hopefully we can find the original to watch in the next few months.

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    1. Some of the old ones are on YouTube:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_6yeR_Pa8Y

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    2. BritBox has all of the 1970's airing at present.

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  19. I whole-heartedly agree with Lisa: Masterpiece's "All Creatures Great and Small" has been a gift in these troubling times. The lovely countryside, charming village scenes, the interaction of the characters and, of course, the animals, has been absolutely wonderful. I first discovered Herriot's books in early middle school and vividly recall how the text captured the imagination, transporting it to a new and different world. The show is doing much the same to a new generation.

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  20. It is, indeed, lovely, escapist television. I was proud of myself for recognizing Neville Longbottom and delighted to see him acting.

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  21. After watching the original ACG&S in the 70s and 80s, I thoroughly enjoyed the new version. Even some of the dialogue is identical. Great quality as always from British television.

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  22. It is on my list! Reading the books in my childhood inspired me to be a country vet, one semester of ag school cured that, lol.

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  23. We've been enjoying it, but I'm disappointed that Siegfried's pack of dogs appears to be reduced to one.

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  24. Haven't managed to watch it yet but will hopefully borrow the DVD from the library at a later date. I loved the original series, my father was from that park of the world although I grew up in Hampstead, N. London. It has long been a Bohemian area full of actor types. Our neighbors in the flat downstairs (only seriously rich people lived in houses in that area), were both actors and I remember Carol Drinkwater and Christopher Timothy visiting her one summer evening for a cook-out. Apparently they had an off-screen relationship for a while at that time. I still miss Robert Hardy, he absolutely cracked me up!

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