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All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1 (1983)

Cast: Peter Davison, Carol Drinkwater, Carol Drinkwater, more...
Director: Terence Dudley, Terence Dudley
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Studio: BBC
Genre: Drama, Television, Biopics, TV Drama, Drama TV
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Based on the delightful, heartwarming and sometimes tragic tales of a British country veterinarian who uses the penname James Herriot and the series they inspired, this feature film begins just after WW II as Herriot, who served as an army veterinarian, returns home and tries to readjust to his quiet, but never dull country practice. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1 (Disc 1 of 4) (1983)
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6.88 (26 votes)
All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1 (Disc 2 of 4) (1983)
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7.29 (17 votes)
All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1 (Disc 3 of 4) (1983)
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7.31 (16 votes)
All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1 (Disc 4 of 4) (1983)
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7.23 (13 votes)

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All Things Bright and Beautiful by Saroz February 7, 2004 - 9:59 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
One of the great joys of my childhood was when my family would gather round, each and every Saturday night, and watch an episode of All Creatures Great and Small on PBS. This charming little series is based on the wildly popular, real-life James Herriot veterinary stories set in the Yorkshire Dales. A mixture of drama and very witty comedy, the main characters are played to perfection by Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy (Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, Harry Potter), and Peter Davison (Doctor Who), supported by a fine cast of British character actors as the "good country people" of the dales.

The DVDs are pretty standard - the interior video footage is quite clean and nice, but the 16mm film exteriors are often very grainy and dirty. The only supplement is on disc 4 - a one-hour 1980s interview with the real James Herriot, veterinarian Alf Wight. Still, the real joy is in the episodes themselves. Although the series is set in the '30s, it has dated a little bit; it can be unusually slow on occasion. Nonetheless, this is recommended viewing for BBC fans, as well as families who enjoy gentle comedy and (of course!) animals.

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