The vets, Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davison are especially true, as is Carol Drinkwater most superior to her replacement as Helen. As other people have said, a booklet which contained a list of the episodes would have been a very helpful addition to the set. There are 33 discs in the set and the running time is almost 76 hours! That aside, I did enjoy the series, which took one back to an earlier more gentle time. The stories become less believable and a couple of the story lines from early episodes seem to be almost duplicated. The series also captures the essence of the Yorkshire Dales: the lovely green hillsides, wide vistas and individualistic spirit. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine out as we laugh, cry, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners.
James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the late 1930s and 1940's. There's an obvious divide though that I hadn't noticed at the time I first watched this series. It does lose its edge. Siegfried gets a new Rover, that seems out of time to me, and we also get the new character Cameron Buchanan. Years ago, I went to the original surgery in Thirsk when James Herriot Jim Wight and Siegfried Donald Sinclair were still in practice. By the very end of the series it rather morphs into some bland amalgam of Heartbeat, Call the Midwife and Only Last of the Summer Wine.
It contains all 7 series plus 2 Christmas specials. I am 55 by the way. Overview: All Creatures Great and Small All Creatures Great and Small 1 For over 25 years-- since All Creatures Great and Small was first published-- readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose fascinating vignettes brim with the wonder of life, animal and human. Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal-- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion, and love of life are truly inspiring. This falls into the class of heartwarming Sunday-night viewing occupied by Call the Midwife and Doc Martin these days, and if you like that sort of thing you're bound to like this.
Hardy is utterly brilliant, gives a dazzling performance that is a wonder to watch, a masterclass in how to act. But Robert Hardy makes up for any lack in Timothy's performance — in spades. Visiting that area is like stepping into the Herriott stories, as we discovered in 1982 and many subsequent visits. The series is also inspirational, for it is, implicitly, the story of the birth of scientific veterinary medicine. Four-year-old Jimmy Herriot, Humphrey Cobb and his little beagle Myrtle, Norman the book-loving veterinary assistant, and many more new faces join old favorites among the green hills of Yorkshire, as James takes an unforgettable voyage to Russia on a freighter with 383 pedigreed sheep. I don't find him particularly likeable, that's the problem.
There are 89 episodes including the specials so enough here to keep you going for ages. Touching our hearts with laughter and wisdom, lifting our spirits with compassion and goodness, James Herriot never fails to delight. Stories are rehashed one or two shamelessly redone and become more ridiculous and trivial. . Although John McGlynn plays him charmingly, his stories often seem done more for laughs than for drama, which slightly trivialises the whole thing, and his unrealistically hotheaded on-off affair with Dierdre is a bit hard to believe. Brian Sinclair Tristan was in reality extremely ill, and was hospital bound.
James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county including the Farnon brothers as the animals in his care. I personally prefer the first 3 series which were set before the war and they were written along the lines of the books. I'd forgotten how good he was in this. Each episode has a moral point to make and makes it subtly, through action not speeches. And having a pint with the cast between shooting on location showed us how authentic the series is. He has something, for sure, but too often makes me uncomfortable.
Here is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic of wild places and beautiful countryside. I think he plays the character rather inconsistently, bumbling about like Stan Laurel one minute, arrogant and supercilious the next. The foundation remains though: Christopher Timothy's James, and Robert Hardy's Siegfried. My Mum, Dad, and my late Great Uncle came with me, and we commented on the way the film makers had tried to keep the characters of the practice and surgery going. If you want a good few hours relief from the relentless pace of the 21st century let these tales transport you back to a simpler time. Written by The original series of 41 episodes was a beautifully accurate version of the Herriott books.
And if Linda Bellingham hadn't taken over the part of Helen Herriot from Carol Drinkwater, I am sure there would have been complaints. I think the price was an absolute steal! Yes, I am really pleased to have got this set. It's quite a schizophrenic performance, and often an awkward one. I found it as charming as ever, and I was a big fan of James Herriot's books when they were new. Before the war, there's a real sense of a story building, the war coming, new treatments on the horizon, James getting married and having children, becoming a partner.
Davison's Tristan is irresistible too. Every Living Thing All Creatures Great and Small 5 James Herriot has captivated millions of readers and television viewers with tales of the triumphs, disasters, pride and sometimes heartache that filled his life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales. In some cases, the television programmes are not related to the book content at all! We have tried to introduce the children to it and they are getting used to them very slowly, maybe they have to be a bit older yet. Also after the war, Helen, James's wife, is unfortunately played by a different actress Lynda Bellingham instead of Carol Drinkwater , and that doesn't quite work as well. Peter Davison remains as Tristan, but his appearances become more and more sporadic until he makes a welcome return in Series 7. He gets a job at the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who together with his mischievous brother Tristan already have a successful business.