Now is the time to get caught on one of the best new shows on TV right now: “All Creatures Great and Small” a TV-adaptation of the beloved, classic book series by James Herriot.
James is a rookie veterinary surgeon straight out of college in Glasgow, Scotland, who travels to the Dales of Northern England among skeptical farmers in a small, rural community where his big city education is put to the test.
If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream the first season (7, 1-hr long episodes) for free for the month of December 2021. After December, the second season of the enchanting, wholesome show will air on your local PBS starting on January 9, 2022 at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
I have read several of Harriot’s books, historical fiction of his experience as a vet starting in the late 1930s, and I love the way this series has made those books come to life. The cinematography of the Dales, the pastoral landscapes is truly breathtaking, and the show itself is funny and strangely mesmerizing.
The show takes you back to a “simpler” time in a faraway place, but the feel of the tension of the veterinary surgeon and the farmer’s livestock. You hear the clash between modern medicine and scientific advancement versus the farmer’s knack for figuring out problems.
Besides the beautiful cinematography and the humorous scenarios Harriot finds himself in a practice working for Siegfried Farnon, with the underachieving, wayward brother of Siegfried, Tristan Farnon. His obvious attraction to Helen Alderson, daughter of a prominent farmer in the Dales. And the wise counsel shared by Mrs. Hall, Farnon’s housekeeper and administrative assistant.
The actors are a critical aspect that makes the show, newcomer, Nicholas Ralph plays James Harriot, Samuel West plays Siegfried Farnon, Rachel Shenton plays Helen Alderson, Anna Madeley plays Mrs. Hall, and Callum Woodhouse plays Tristan Farnon.
Check out the “All Creatures Great & Small” trailer for Season 1 here:
It would make the perfect gift for an advanced young reader or an avid-reading adult looking to augment their library.