All Creatures Great and Small: First Season
February 26, 2021 6:26 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

The numerous adventures of a friendly staff at a country veterinarian practice in 1930s to 1940s Yorkshire. The first season plus its Christmas episode, "The Night Before Christmas."
posted by gladly (14 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Wife and I absolutely loved this, and are very much looking forward to the next round!
posted by davidmsc at 8:13 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

So many things to love about the show - including, as noted in the article, that there are no villains. Some other observations:
- absolutely LOVE the illustrations/animation in the intro - so cute!
- tried to determine the age difference between Siegfried and Tristan - pegged it about 34 for Sieg and 25 for Tris, to account for "older brother raising younger brother." Boy, was I surprised to find out that the actor portraying Siegfried is actually 54 years old!
- The animals!
- All of the characters are charming and intriguing.
posted by davidmsc at 8:28 AM on February 26 [1 favorite]

Considering the inevitable comparisons to the series from the 70's-80's, I went into this with some trepidation, but was completely won over in the first episode. The characterizations are familiar, but fresh -- Tris is much more of a scalawag than before, James more tentative and unsure, but I especially love the way they've beefed up Mrs. Hall and Siegfried. The show also benefits tremendously for not being confined to a television studio in the manner of so many 1970s BBC productions. My only disappointment is that we won't have any more scenes with Diana Rigg, who was splendid.

I assume television and film production in the UK is as backed up by the pandemic as it is in the US, but I hope we don't have to wait a long time for Season 2. I might go insane having to wait until next year for Season 3 of The Mandalorian.
posted by briank at 8:47 AM on February 26 [3 favorites]

Ah, yes - what briank said - what a joy to see Diana Rigg in two episodes, and her character (and Tricki Woo!) were wonderful. I'm glad she got to leave a final mark on media on such a quality show.

Fortunately, I came to this show fresh, never having seen the original series - despite the fact that I actually lived in England from '76-'79! But I was a just a kid then and had no interest in "grown up" boring shows like that. I was all about ToTP and Saturday Banana and the Tomorrow People.
posted by davidmsc at 9:13 AM on February 26

I didn't hear about this show and just happened on this thread - nice to see it seems to be worth watching, I'll have to track it down! I read and loved all of Herriot's books as a kid.
posted by randomnity at 9:56 AM on February 26 [2 favorites]

I was not prepared for the sheer number of sequences in which a man sticks his entire arm inside of a farm animal.
posted by chrchr at 12:01 PM on February 26 [7 favorites]

I read all the books, but I never watched the original TV series, so I came to this with a good mixture of sentimentality and fresh eyes. I love the cast, but I was a bit thrown by how young Mrs. Hall is. In my mind, she was always a generation older than the Farnons and Jim. Now, she looks like the same cohort as Siegfried, and I swear, they have chemistry.

One of the best parts of this show is what they put into the animal filming. It all feels very accurate for the books and the people of Darrowby. And there's not too much extra animal noise inserted that film and TV always seem to do.

The episode with the local fair and the nefarious schemes about pony height was fantastic. That had exactly the feeling of the books.
posted by gladly at 12:13 PM on February 26 [7 favorites]

I was not prepared for the sheer number of sequences in which a man sticks his entire arm inside of a farm animal.

I watch a lot of the vet shows on NatGeo Wild, like The Incredible Dr. Pol and Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet, and you ain't seen nuthin' compared to what real large-animal vets do.

and I swear, they have chemistry.

Yeah, to the point that my wife has started shipping them.
posted by briank at 1:54 PM on February 26 [3 favorites]

chrchr - amen - basically only two "avenues of access" -- front or back. Thank heavens for more diagnostic tools in modern times!
posted by davidmsc at 5:39 PM on February 26

This is completely adorable.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:56 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]

I loved this and am extremely glad to hear there will be a second season. I never saw the 70s series, so I can't compare the two, but I thought this was a lovely adaptation of Herriott's stories.

I especially liked how Nicholas Ralph played James. He starts out so nervous and timid (but determined!) and really grows into his confidence as the series goes. But the whole cast is great, and I look forward to more time spent in Darrowby next season.
posted by the primroses were over at 3:55 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]

I was not prepared for the sheer number of sequences in which a man sticks his entire arm inside of a farm animal.
I remember from the first series that the line, from any of the vets "I'm going to need some hot water, some soap and a towel" was a reliable cue for delicate audience members to look away until they heard bleating.
posted by rongorongo at 1:40 AM on March 1 [2 favorites]

Mrs. Hall and Siegfried! That moment in the church! I don't think I actually want them to get married, but their relationship, not James and Helen, feels like the emotional core of the story.

I would totally watch a spinoff series just about them. Maybe a mashup series where they go on that other villain-less British cozy, the Great British Bake Off.

(Actually ok now I want all the characters to appear on Bake Off. Tristan's showstoppers would be ... something else.)
posted by basalganglia at 4:49 AM on March 2 [2 favorites]

"I'm going to need some hot water, some soap and a towel"

That's literally like several percent of the text of the original books. SO MUCH SOAP-AND-A-TOWEL

Can't wait to watch these tonight!!
posted by wenestvedt at 2:17 PM on March 5

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