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All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1 (2020)
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It's the satisfaction of a well-designed first season of what I hope will be a long run.
It's hard not to have as much affection for them as they clearly have for each other.
Some characters are more troublesome than others, but there are no villains here, and there is a great pleasure merely in seeing James accepted by the locals as a regular part of their life: Who does not want that validation?
The whole cast is truly delightful and utterly charming, with a great on-screen rapport.
Hello and welcome to the balm of 2021, a show about pastoral scenes, sweater vests, and men getting kicked in the face by horses. The soothingness of this show. Everything in this first episode is as charming as a television program can be.
There is less buffoonery and in particular the key women figures are more complex and intriguing. But, oh the enchantment is still there; the whimsy and the celebration of the spectacular landscape. Plus, of course, those adorable animals.
All Creatures Great and Small couldn't offer more warmth and neighborliness if it was a steaming pot of tea next to a plate of shortbread biscuits.
That honesty translates to realistic images of veterinary care and tense moments that accompany them, but also to heartfelt personal victories for the likable James Herriot.
The real reason this show is destined to be a hit all over again is the gentleness of its premise, and the smallness of its dramas.
Gentle stories that heavily involve farm animals and interpersonal relationships might just be the thing we need, especially stories that are as well done as this series is.
Indeed, after the year-and the week!-that we've just had, a visit to the fields, farms, and pubs of the faraway English countryside feels, excuse the pun, like just what the doctor ordered.
Audience Reviews for All Creatures Great and Small: Series 1
8h agoSo far? True to the books, a firm "hats off" to the original PBS series and fine family entertainment. Well written, sets, costumes, scripts are all thoroughly entertaining and the cast each handles their part to perfection.
5d agoBrilliant.. Read all the books and watched the first TV series. This new series I hope will continue... Its a good reflection/interpretation of Herriots stories. Especially love Tristan. Helen is better too.
6d agoI tried to write a very detailed synopsis of this show, it is suffice to rewrite to say "don't try so darn hard to modernize a show that didn't need modernizing". If you don't read the books, or use the author's family to check the scripts and want to forget about the great depression and how people in the area dealt with it, I guess it's alright. It misses on all fronts: Trickee Woo wasn't mean spirited, Mrs Pumphries wasn't an alcoholic in her cups, Mrs Hall wasn't younger than the bachelor brothers, and Jim wasn't a simpering beaten person. It demeans the books and the preexisting show that was checked by the White family (Alf and Jim White) for accuracy and for clarity. You don't do that, you miss on all fronts.
6d agoOh dear. I've read the other reviews. So many people adore this remake. I am watching it for the sake of my husband, who is charmed. Not me. One critical audience reviewer nailed many of the problems; I wish I could thank him. This new version is so. heavy. handed! Clunky and forced. There's the treacly new musical theme, popping up everywhere, insisting you be charmed and enchanted. And the rest of the overbearing score, not trusting the audience to have their own responses, but insisting we realize that things are Ominous now! Or (cue the Disney-cartoon clarinet!) ever so Amusing! There's no subtlety. Nothing is natural. (Notice how Herriot's shoes are magically shiny, his trousers pressed and clean, when they return from the scene in which he wades and falls into the mud. Just one example.) With rare, fleeting exceptions, it's all so contrived, so spelled out, so edited for emphasis, jumping from face to face. The actors are doing their best with the hamfisted script and direction, but it's just so TIRESOME. Really disappointed. I'm going to try and locate the original.
6d agoMy ex used to live next door to Alf Wright (James Herriot's real name) when he was still a vet and writing the books. The original 80's TV series was good but the new one takes it to the next level. Filmed around where I still live in North Yorkshire you see gentle rural vetinary life in the 1930's. To be fair it isn't much changed out of the towns and cities here and many of those yorkshirefolk types portrayed in the series still live here.
6d agoA wonderful retelling of familiar tales, with fine acing, stunning scenery and quite some whimsy: a perfect antidote of escapism and charm to these difficult times. I defy anyone not to enjoy!
Jan 16, 2021Divertida, dramática, bella, con una fotografía preciosa, muy entretenida, con un aire de "Downton Abby", en parte por el director Brian Percival. Grandiosos actores dan vida a esta historia autobiográfica de un veterinario (en formación) en un pequeño pueblo ingles a finales de los 30s.
Jan 15, 2021I loved the original, but while extremely unlikely it has turned out I like this version even more.
Jan 14, 2021It's fabulous. I was a bit worried as I adored the books and the original series as a youth. But this version is fresh yet familiar, and the acting superb.
Dec 30, 2020I've fallen in love to this feel-good serie and all the characters...classic. Beautifully created in the wonderful scenery...great casting! Looking already forward to the next season ❤️ James Harriot made Scottish sounds so beautiful!