All Creatures Great and Small: Third season
January 9, 2023 11:25 PM - Season 3 (Full Season) - Subscribe

The numerous adventures of a friendly staff at a country veterinarian practice in 1930s to 1940s Yorkshire.

I’m posting this after the premiere aired on Masterpiece, and is freely available on the PBS app; in the past, they only streamed the most recent two episodes. It's also streaming on Channel 5. It's been renewed for season 4.
posted by Pronoiac (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hooray! So glad it is back. The wedding was simple and lovely. And even Trickie Woo was there!
posted by davidmsc at 11:42 PM on January 9 [1 favorite]

The ring business made me laugh! Especially:
Siegfried: "You know, Tristan, you really ought to start taking your responsibilities more seriously - take me as your example. I pride myself on always, always ..."
Tristan: (opens and displays empty jewel box) "Siegfried."
Siegfried:"It's nothing to do with me - you're on your own."

I like that Siegfried might have a pet rat.
posted by Pronoiac at 11:57 PM on January 9 [2 favorites]

I checked on a couple of things, to get my bearings:
This season is 1939-ish.

Alf Wight, pen name James Herriot, didn't serve in World War 1, as he was born during it, in 1916. The people that the characters James and Helen were based on are 23 and 20 this season; those two cast members are thirty-somethings.

Let's talk about tuberculosis! A lot! I'm going to traipse through its Wikipedia page and some related pages! Feel free to skip this, or to daintily cough blood into a handkerchief, you do you.

Tuberculosis, aka consumption and the white plague, is a bacteria.
It's mostly, but not entirely, spread as airborne.
In people, infection is 90% asymptomatic; it can incubate for years before flaring up. Typically, only 10% would progress to active tuberculosis, over a lifetime.

For this season of the show
The treatment involved lung surgery; at least they had antiseptics for equipment. Antibiotics were known of, but not commonly available.
Raw milk caused thousands of fatalities yearly in England and Wales, from 1912-1937. I think the vast majority of milk - but not 100% - by then was pasteurized, which should help.

In the near future of the show
In 1946, streptomycin, an antibiotic effective for TB, became available, providing possible treatment and cure.
The BCG vaccine for TB was available already, but only achieved widespread acceptance in Great Britain after World War II.

It's still with us
In 2018, one quarter of the world's population was thought to have a latent infection of TB.
An estimated 1.4 million people died from TB in 2019.
Cases have been declining since 2005.
The BCG vaccine might help protect against other diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:44 PM on February 10

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