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All Creatures Great and Small

Feelgood TV. Watch it!

If you liked The Durrells, even if you loved (and remember) the original show from the 70s, you'll love this one. I watched it last month and found it heartwarming and very low-key entertaining. After dealing with Covid, Trump and all that shit going on in recent years, this feels like hot cocoa on a winter night. Can't wait for the second season.

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by Anonymousreply 266January 26, 2023 3:02 PM

The guy in the middle is kinda hot

by Anonymousreply 1October 27, 2020 1:35 AM

My late mother loved the original series (as do I). I'll look forward to seeing this.

by Anonymousreply 2October 27, 2020 1:42 AM

I watched All Creatures Great & Small faithfully on PBS, growing up and I don’t recall a thing about.

by Anonymousreply 3October 27, 2020 1:45 AM

I hate heartwarming and very low-key entertaining.

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by Anonymousreply 4October 27, 2020 1:56 AM

The books are good too. Call the Midwife with animals.

by Anonymousreply 5October 27, 2020 2:43 AM

I'll watch

by Anonymousreply 6October 27, 2020 3:31 AM

Loved the original series. But this looks good.

by Anonymousreply 7October 27, 2020 6:00 AM

I grew up in rural western New York in the 70s and 80s, my family had a small farm with livestock (cows, sheep, horses), chickens, ducks, turkeys. We also raised Labrador Retrievers, as my father was a duck hunter. We watched All Creatures weekly on PBS, it was one of few things we did together that didn't involve arguing and resentment. There were countless scenarios that resonated with us - not just the health of animals. Small towns, farming communities, the shut-in, poverty and ignorance, people who never ventured more than a few miles from where they were born...all these experiences added to the charm and drama of small-town life. It took us out of ourselves, gave us noble pride in the idea of a simple way of life. I'm reminded that Thomas Jefferson, despite his accomplishments as an architect, statesman, scientist, mechanic, builder, and inventor, continued to identify first as a farmer.

I'm a city dweller now for more than 25 years, but when the family gets together for holidays and birthdays, we still get a laugh when we recall the rich old lady and "Trickie-Woo." I don't miss mucking out after the livestock, or endlessly fretting over broken fences, but I do miss marking the seasons with beekeeping chores, and the way light played on the pasture and woods. The show gave me and my sibs a sense of dignity in the way we spent our youth: were were too busy for silly things, too preoccupied with chores to plan ambitious futures. Still, we all managed to pursue meaningful careers.

"All Creatures" is hands-down the finest television depiction of that kind of life, and it is timeless.

by Anonymousreply 8October 27, 2020 7:54 AM

Sorry, but I have no use for some stupid remake. Are there going to be "people of color" unrealistically populating the little valley in Yorkshire? I go out of my way to boycott unnecessary remakes. They unfairly erase the originals in the public consciousness.

by Anonymousreply 9October 27, 2020 7:58 AM

This has played and OP is right. Charming, very much in the Durrells canon. Must say Timothy and Prunellas' son has aged very well.

by Anonymousreply 10October 27, 2020 8:01 AM

It's quite beautiful. And it features Dame Diana Rigg in her final role.

[quote] If you liked The Durrells,

Callum Woodhouse played Leslie Durrell. In All Creatures Great and Small he plays a bratty douchebag who tries to redeem himself to get his older brother's approval.

Nicholas Ralph, playing the protagonist James Herriot, sure is cute.

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter films) is a regular who is in love with the woman James Herriot has a crush on. Plust Herriot kills his horse (drama!).

It features some of the best countryside shots this year.

by Anonymousreply 11October 27, 2020 11:42 AM

New one on Masterpiece tonight in the U.S.

by Anonymousreply 12January 11, 2021 2:07 AM

How wonderful, OP. Thanks for letting me know.

I read all of the books and watched the original on PBS the small tv while the rest of my family watched whatever else was popular at the time. Your post immediately took me back to the time when I was dying to get out of small town USA and go see the world--even if it was small town Great Britain...

by Anonymousreply 13January 11, 2021 2:19 AM

Is this a dollface thread?

by Anonymousreply 14January 11, 2021 2:23 AM

Loved the books and the original series. Not interested in this remake. The original was the best.

by Anonymousreply 15January 11, 2021 2:23 AM

Give it a shot, r15. You might be pleasantly surprised. I was.

by Anonymousreply 16January 11, 2021 3:40 AM

Great and evocative post, R8.

by Anonymousreply 17January 12, 2021 1:56 AM

I watched it and the Yorkshire dales are breathtakingly beautiful. The scenery is like porn.

Also I want the new Tristan to pound the shit outta me.

by Anonymousreply 18January 12, 2021 2:14 AM

You are right R10 — I’ve always had a soft spot for Tim & Pru’s son. A gorgeous voice. Unexpectedly sexy on such a slight frame.

by Anonymousreply 19January 12, 2021 2:25 AM

Neville Longdick is in the show.

by Anonymousreply 20January 12, 2021 2:44 AM

Love you R5.

by Anonymousreply 21January 12, 2021 2:53 AM

Watched the first episode last night and was a bit disappointed. Sweet-intentioned as it is, it was so damn predictable in plot and characters.

I love the lead but I was wish he was surrounded with a more interesting ensemble. The older vet and his housekeeper are too young and attractive....those roles would be better served by more interesting character actors. The girl who plays (what I assume will be) the love interest seems ok but her hairstyling is atrocious and distracting. Not her fault, of course, but I think she will be hard for me to love (I'm shallow!).

Diana Rigg looks a little "out of it" in the previews, but we'll see. I do look forward to Callum Woodhouse, who I really liked in The Durrells. And speaking of The Durrells, I wish this series was as quirkily cast and played. The landscapes are indeed breathtaking and there are worse ways of spending Sunday night....I hope it improves..

by Anonymousreply 22January 12, 2021 3:17 AM

A reminder to all fans to tune in tonight for Episode 2!

by Anonymousreply 23January 17, 2021 11:50 PM

I like it so far

by Anonymousreply 24January 17, 2021 11:54 PM

I loved the books and the original miniseries. I think this edition is quite good so far. And yes, the scenery is like porn.

by Anonymousreply 25January 18, 2021 12:03 AM

I once was at an art exhibition of the turn-of-the-century Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi in a London museum and recognized Samuel West there: he was wearing a completely ratty old sweater with huge holes in it. (I think hhe was trying to look inconspicuous, but the huge holes in the sweater made him look all the more noteworthy.) He was looking at me recognizing him, and so he tried to avoid me--I actually felt awful he was trying to avoid me (I had no interest in talking to him once I had spotted him, because I would have had nothing to say: "Uh, I remember you from 'Howards End'" is not a very interesting thing to say to someone.) I tried to avoid him, but I kept ending up in the same rooms as he was in--it was kind of awful. I wanted to see the exhibit, not him; but once you spot someone you know from TV in a public space, it's hard not to gawk.

by Anonymousreply 26January 18, 2021 12:12 AM

Something about the writing in this series is very off. Not up to Masterpiece Theatre standards, if you ask me. Pretty scenery, delicious leading man, but that's about it.

And the Masterpiece Mystery that preceded it and debuted tonight, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, was even worse. Horrendous (again, the leading man, a hunkier Hugh Jackman-type, was quite delicious)!

by Anonymousreply 27January 18, 2021 4:18 AM

[quote] The Ghost of Alistair MacLean

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by Anonymousreply 28January 18, 2021 4:22 AM

I like the writing. It's very low key, very unpretentious. I cannot believe I am so moved because a cow is about to die.

by Anonymousreply 29January 18, 2021 4:28 AM

r28, that's Alaistair Cooke, not Alaister MacLean.

by Anonymousreply 30January 18, 2021 6:01 AM

Ooops. Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 31January 18, 2021 4:08 PM

I was surprised at how much Samuel West looks like Robert Hardy, who played Siegfried in the original.

by Anonymousreply 32January 18, 2021 5:21 PM

[quote]Diana Rigg looks a little "out of it" in the previews

Probably a reason for that.

by Anonymousreply 33January 18, 2021 5:21 PM

Diana Rigg appears so much older than those other great Dames, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. Sadly, very frail.

by Anonymousreply 34January 18, 2021 9:15 PM

You know she's dead, right, r34?

Did anyone else watch the "LGBT Thriller" B&B starring Callum Woodhouse?

by Anonymousreply 35January 18, 2021 10:31 PM

I did not. I just looked it up on IMDb. I find the trailer confusing, but I am intrigued.

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by Anonymousreply 36January 19, 2021 12:03 AM

Is the alternate title I'm Not Running a B&B Here?

by Anonymousreply 37January 19, 2021 1:29 AM

I know Diana Rigg is dead. But Dame Maggie could keel over tomorrow and I'd still say she looked a helluva lot healthier in her final days than Dame Diana.

by Anonymousreply 38January 19, 2021 1:34 AM

Isn't that a given, considering one is seemingly healthy, and the other one was terminally ill?

by Anonymousreply 39February 2, 2021 6:35 PM

Disagree with everything R22 writes, but the comments about the scenery. This series is perfectly cast in terms of the main characters, particularly Tristan. Love Diana Rigg in her final role. If this seems predictable, it's because the books and prior series told these stories earlier. Watched and loved the first series, too. R8's comments are worth reading about hitting home. This was a very harsh life for many at that time, including the professionals, unless you had family money and position like James' rival.

by Anonymousreply 40February 2, 2021 6:49 PM

I didn't even realize this was on; I remember my mom watching this as a kid (I grew up in a rural area, so I was clueless as to why you'd watch a TV show about rural people when you had that every day!), but this remake looks like prozac for the weary, heartsick soul. I need to watch the "Durrells" too. I started watching "Grantchester" and while I loved the scenery (particularly with James Norton), the show quickly became very repetitious

by Anonymousreply 41February 2, 2021 7:02 PM

Was there a Gratuitous Shirt Removal clause in Nicholas Ralph's contract? He's been shirtless once in every episode except this week's? (Mind you, I'm not complaining.)

by Anonymousreply 42February 2, 2021 7:09 PM

I am so enjoying this charming series; thank you, Ovation.

Any word on Season Two?

by Anonymousreply 43February 2, 2021 7:40 PM

Season 2 is confirmed. I think they are done writing it and are currently gearing up for filming it.

by Anonymousreply 44February 2, 2021 8:11 PM

[quote]Nicholas Ralph, playing the protagonist James Herriot, sure is cute.

Isn't this his first role?

It's odd to be cast in the lead right out of school.

by Anonymousreply 45February 2, 2021 8:15 PM

Not if you're young and hot, r45.

by Anonymousreply 46February 2, 2021 8:32 PM

I loved the series and the all the tweed, but I couldn’t separate Peter Davison from the Tristan character.

When he took over as the nth Doctor, I stopped watching.

by Anonymousreply 47February 2, 2021 8:44 PM

That was Neville Longbottom? My my my.

by Anonymousreply 48February 2, 2021 9:10 PM

We need to see the shirtless stills before we consent to watch this schmaltz.

by Anonymousreply 49February 2, 2021 9:24 PM

Does Callum Woodhouse essentially play his every role the same way?

by Anonymousreply 50February 8, 2021 2:12 AM

Only those that play in the 1930s.

by Anonymousreply 51February 8, 2021 3:40 AM

Glad to see Samuel West getting work. Seems he’s been consistently employed over the years. Good for him..

I like him in everything, but especially in “Reunion” (1989), a little seen tale of friendship in the darkening days of the Third Reich.

by Anonymousreply 52February 8, 2021 4:47 AM

Callum’s ass in the elf costume was a true Christmas miracle.

by Anonymousreply 53February 23, 2021 1:12 AM

R45, it's not his first role, just his first screen role. He's been a professional stage actor for a while.

by Anonymousreply 54February 23, 2021 9:57 PM

Just watched it after finishing the Durrells. So at times kept wondering why Leslie Durrell was working as a vet in Yorkshire and when he was going to start shooting things.

Agree 100% with OP's description--perfect pre-bedtime viewing--more intelligent than the usual idiocy on US TV, but light enough that it doesn't keep me up wondering about plot points after.

by Anonymousreply 55March 9, 2021 9:15 PM

I couldn’t watch after the third episode. It’s too similar to every Masterpiece series since time began. Every aspect is so carefully rendered and modulated that it’s bloodless. It’s like a vampire movie after the vampires have left.

by Anonymousreply 56March 9, 2021 9:35 PM

Boring. Can’t sit through one episode.

by Anonymousreply 57March 9, 2021 9:54 PM

You can visit the museum in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. It's quite interesting. Thirsk and North Yorkshire is beautiful to visit, bothe the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorks Moors National Parks are stunning.

I own some racehorses that are stabled in North Yorkshire and often race at Thirsk Racecourse. One of my vets comes from near Thirsk.

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by Anonymousreply 58March 9, 2021 10:02 PM

Interesting to come back to this thread. I commented critically way upthread r22, after the first episode, then thought, oh maybe I'm being too harsh.....so it's interesting to see some other naysayers here as the series concluded.

I watched it all, just found it too too TOO predictable every step of the way, plotlines and characters. Sweet and gentle, but could be so much better and so much quirkier. I did love Nicholas Ralph and hope to see him in other projects!

by Anonymousreply 59March 10, 2021 12:27 AM

Anyone watching the second season? It's still very low-key and charming. The scenery is still fantastic. Nicholas Ralph is still hot.

by Anonymousreply 60January 24, 2022 3:45 AM

I am, R60.

by Anonymousreply 61January 24, 2022 3:46 AM

It's like the antidote to Succession where everybody's a shit.

by Anonymousreply 62January 24, 2022 4:04 AM

I thought Succession was boring--basically an update of shows like Dallas. A bunch of narcissistic grifters and there's no wit to it.

I've liked "All Creatures"---the scenery is beautiful. The plotting is predictable and Tristan's fucking-up is a bit tiresome but it's reasonably well acted. I like the simplicity--it's not a typical drawing room costume drama or who done it like so much of Masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 63January 24, 2022 4:20 AM

I’m liking it too r63. It’s very soothing

by Anonymousreply 64January 24, 2022 4:25 AM

I just started watching the second season. It's time they further the James /Helen relationship. But other than that, I'm still liking it. I don't think the show should be quirkier. I actually like it being rather grounded.

by Anonymousreply 65January 24, 2022 4:45 AM

It's lovely. Well done.

by Anonymousreply 66January 24, 2022 4:48 AM

If it was going to be quirky they would have had to establish that now, with a bunch of eccentric rustics like on "Newhart". The British idea of quirky from that era probably would have been music hall schtick like Benny Hill, which is pretty tiresome.

by Anonymousreply 67January 24, 2022 12:59 PM

It's interesting that it's concentrating on farm animals about which I know nothing and farming about which I also know nothing. Which is different from other vet shows which concentrate on cute dogs.

Who was the actress who replaced Dame Diana Rigg? I was surprised they didn't write out that character after her death and can't decide if it's disrespectful or not. I loved Diana. I thought they might give the role to Siegfriend/Samuel West's Ma Prunella Scales who played Sybil Fawlty on Fawlty Towers.

by Anonymousreply 68January 24, 2022 7:13 PM

Patricia Hodge is the new Mrs. Pumphrey - probably most famous for playing Phyllida in Rumpole of the Bailey and more lately Miranda Hart’s mom in Miranda.

I believe Mrs. Pumphrey is a main stay of the Herriot stories, so they needed to recast. Sadly, Prunella Scales is now fully retired as she is too far-gone with dementia to work as an actor.

by Anonymousreply 69January 24, 2022 7:31 PM

Soothing is the word for this.

I've come to love the series after a doubtful beginning, just on the basis of all the lovely actors, esp. Nicholas Ralph. But the writing seems to be getting worse. Last night's episode tried my patience a bit more. Perhaps it's the repetitiveness of Tristan's silly foibles which never seem to change him or his relationship to Siegfried or add up to anything, What happened to his interest in barmaids and other girls?? Both brothers are thoroughly one-dimensional.

Or perhaps it's the lack of story line for poor Anna Madeley. That character is deserving of so much more attention than serving full English breakfasts, rolling her eyes and tsk tsking Siegfried. Where is her son??

Or perhaps it's my frustration over the quasi-romance between James and Helen. What is the hesitation/conflict there? I really don't get it. I thought Helen broke off her engagement because of James. Helen, if you don't want James, please let him know I'd be happy to join him at his vet practice back in Glasgow any time.

Or perhaps it's Wicky-Poo or whatever his name is,,,,enough already!

I feel like the series is lacking season-long drama(s) and arcs. Each episode = create a mini-problem/solve a mini-problem.

I'll keep watching, of course. It's a Sunday night hour soothingly spent. Apparently two more seasons have been ordered. But it could just be so much better.

by Anonymousreply 70January 24, 2022 8:53 PM

It's particularly odd that they've cast such a young and attractive woman as Anna Madeley as the housekeeper yet have given her the life (and hairdo) of a dried out old spinster. And mind you, I like the choice of casting against type. But then they've written a cliche for her to play.

by Anonymousreply 71January 24, 2022 9:06 PM

I watched The Durrells on Amazon the version with Matthew Goode from 2005. It wasn’t bad.

by Anonymousreply 72January 24, 2022 9:20 PM


by Anonymousreply 73January 24, 2022 10:00 PM

PBS is replaying the old Bleak House series after All Creatures. It's excellent. Love Dickens.

by Anonymousreply 74January 24, 2022 10:34 PM

Agree r70. I know it was a very different time and people were very reserved and waited for marriage before sex

But Helen and James look 30 years old. Shouldn’t they, especially for the times, be jumping into marriage at full speed?

I haven’t read the book, is it staying true to it?

by Anonymousreply 75January 24, 2022 11:06 PM

I wonder how close the series is to the book as well, r75. Also, about the earlier PBS series from the 1970s. Were they as plot free as this is?

by Anonymousreply 76January 24, 2022 11:25 PM

Is it the BLEAK HOUSE with Gillian Anderson or the earlier one with Diana Rigg, r74.....or anyone? I'd watch either!

by Anonymousreply 77January 24, 2022 11:29 PM

The one with Gillian Anderson and Carey Mulligan.

by Anonymousreply 78January 24, 2022 11:37 PM

When there are all the vet reality shows on now like Dr. Pol, what is the purpose of a fictionalized one?

by Anonymousreply 79January 24, 2022 11:42 PM

All Creatures Great and Small has been a classic for several decades. It was a memoir written by Alf Wight about his early career as a country vet in the Yorkshire Dales. The books are very witty and charming, giving a great feel for the time period and the location.

by Anonymousreply 80January 25, 2022 12:37 AM

It is the perfect thing to watch on Sunday nights before bed. It's like a mug of cocoa.

I didn't see the original or read the books but it seems like it's set pretty close to the start of WW2. That will shake things up a bit I suspect.

by Anonymousreply 81January 25, 2022 10:28 PM

Does the big bearded daddy fuck the other two dudes?

by Anonymousreply 82January 25, 2022 10:41 PM

All Creatures Great and Small was written before homosexuality was invented.

by Anonymousreply 83January 25, 2022 10:47 PM

A friend thinks it's obvious that Siegfried will suddenly come to realize that Mrs. Hall is the girl for him and a romance will blossom.

Can this be? I would hope the lovely Mrs. Hall could do better for herself.

by Anonymousreply 84January 26, 2022 4:21 AM

All the characters seem strangely asexual, except for maybe Tristan.

by Anonymousreply 85January 26, 2022 4:35 AM

Tristan used to be into barmaids but that story line has sadly been scotched.

by Anonymousreply 86January 26, 2022 4:38 AM

I’d like to see Tristan get it on with James.

by Anonymousreply 87January 26, 2022 4:44 AM

[quote] Siegfried will suddenly come to realize that Mrs. Hall is the girl for him and a romance will blossom.

I doubt it. It would be a possibility if the books included something in that direction. The books are the guide where things are headed. Even if the TV stories are only loosely based on the books, I think the basic direction will still be followed. I actually like the type of relationship they have right now. Mrs Hall is more like a big sister or parent to Siegfried, and it's beautiful how she guides the man who isn't being told.

by Anonymousreply 88January 26, 2022 12:42 PM

Will they ever get back to the story of Mrs. Hall's wastrel son? Or will we have to wait for the season finale for that? It's never been really explained why the son is problematic, has it?

by Anonymousreply 89January 26, 2022 3:15 PM

Nope r89. Unless I missed it.

by Anonymousreply 90January 26, 2022 3:34 PM

R89, she explained to Siegfried that her son was caught stealing from her former employer or something. She quit the job and cut off contact with the son.

by Anonymousreply 91January 26, 2022 3:44 PM

I like the show for its gentle humor, scenery and the actors, although I don't think James and Helen have any sexual heat whatsoever. Truth be told, he looks like a dork to me.

by Anonymousreply 92January 26, 2022 3:50 PM

Thanks r91

by Anonymousreply 93January 26, 2022 4:34 PM

Why have they de-sexed Tristan? It seemed his rabid interest in girls was going to be a fun major plot point when the character was introduced. If he gets out much to the local pub or wherever, it's never even seen any more. He always seems to be hanging around home.

Does anyone remember how the character was portrayed in the original series?

by Anonymousreply 94January 26, 2022 7:11 PM

James is lovely-looking, and the shots of him running through the Yorkshire countryside in his undershirt gave me shades of Ian Charleson in "Chariots of Fire." Love his always-neat and polished hair.

But I'm surprised to find Samuel West so attractive. I remember disliking him and his looks in "Howard's End," but he certainly has aged well. He looks good with a little weight on him. And the beard looks great on him.

A grayed-out troll post at the beginning of this thread asked if they would be shoehorning in people of color, and the answer is certainly Yes, to my surprise. I know it's not entirely anachronistic, but the presence of the mixed-race older couple from series 1 seemed more believable than the young man in last week's episode. I mean the one helping out the widowed farm wife whose stirks had husk.

by Anonymousreply 95January 26, 2022 7:53 PM

I hadn’t heard of stirks or husk.

by Anonymousreply 96January 26, 2022 8:04 PM

[quote] Does anyone remember how the character was portrayed in the original series?

If I remember correctly, pretty much the same. I think there was one story line where he had a girlfriend. But I don't remember where that headed. Other than that it was always beer, girl of the week, and causing a disturbance that Siegfried or James had to cover up or resolve.

Anybody know anything about the real Tristan? From what I read and heard, the portrayal of Siegfried in both shows is pretty close to the real Siegfried.

by Anonymousreply 97January 26, 2022 8:29 PM

I thought I heard it mentioned in the last episode that the young Black man helping out on the failing farm was the son of the earlier seen Black couple. Or did I just imagine that?

I think Nicholas Ralph is beautiful! I wish there would be more moments where his hair wasn't so greased back. It was seen briefly like that in the last episode - I know I didn't imagine that!. It doesn't appear upon consulting IMDB like he's been very busy in the last few years. I'm so eager to see him in something else.

by Anonymousreply 98January 26, 2022 9:13 PM

I had the same thought about the young farmer, R98. I’m not sure if that was made explicit though.

What does strike me as anachronistic are the very mild gay jokes this season: Helen flirtatiously teasing James about Tristan being his date to the ball; Mrs. Hall and Tristan joking about the divorcee with the crush on Siegfried having been left by her husband for the hunky gardener. All of it good natured banter while also making it clear that none of them find homosexuality to be genuinely scandalous or immoral.

by Anonymousreply 99January 26, 2022 10:04 PM

Ugh, the Durrells series was dreadful. Whereas the family in the books had a certain daffy charm, in the tv series they were a bunch of selfish, lazy, self-centered louts. I didn't make it past the third episode.

by Anonymousreply 100January 26, 2022 11:14 PM

I loved the Durrells but I love Greece.

by Anonymousreply 101January 27, 2022 12:17 AM

R101, I loved Schindler's List but I love Poland.

by Anonymousreply 102January 27, 2022 12:34 AM

First off, I do enjoy the show and the actors in it. It's lovely and, as others have said, like a nice mug of warm cocoa on a chilly night. I know the series is based on books, but are they as YA (young adult) as the current series makes them seem? (I remember the earlier version being on TV, but I didn't watch it.) It's so... gentle, which, I get it, that's it's charm. The only tension is if an animal might die. Mind you, I'm not asking for the cops and drug dealers and rapists from "Happy Valley" over the next ridge to show up, but a little drama would be nice. And, c'mon, show, we've all seen a lot of TV before (unless you're a YA) and we know (or can predict) James and Helen will get together. Stop faffing around on rooftops. (And please move those big buttons on her jacket; they're nearly right over her nipples and once you see it you can't unsee it.)

I have to laugh at the presentation of Mrs. Hall. There is NO WAY she can shop for and put three full meals on the table every day, do the laundry for three men in a pretty dirty profession, keep a large house immaculate and greet patients -- all without a hair out of place and nary a smudge on her apron. (Does she live with the Farnons? If not, then she also has her own home to take care of, too.) And this past week she charted the cricket match they were listening to on the radio; cricket matches can go on for hours so when was she keeping house? Surely, there's an unseen maid somewhere or she's Dash Parr from The Incredibles.

I've thought since the first season, Where are The Gays?, R99. I guess they're only going to be referred to tangentially. (That or it's why the show so often finds a way to get Nicholas Ralph's shirt off.) Or maybe Mrs Hall's wastrel son will be the The Gay. And, please, I do NOT want to know about the reams of fan fic that have surely been written about Tristan and James sleeping across the hall from each other or hanging about with hunky farmhands.

by Anonymousreply 103January 27, 2022 9:51 PM

I find it distracting that Siegfried and Tristan are supposed to be brothers but the actors are nearly 30 years apart in age. I mean, how much older is Siegfried supposed to be?

by Anonymousreply 104January 27, 2022 9:58 PM

I want them to show how Mrs Hall cleans the men's clothes after they've come home covered in mud.

by Anonymousreply 105January 27, 2022 11:03 PM

I've said it before but what the series is missing are big story arcs with genuine issues that cover full seasons. Each episode is thoroughly wrapped up as it concludes. Create a problem (or 2), solve a problem (or 2) with each episode.

by Anonymousreply 106January 28, 2022 12:35 AM

[quote] There is NO WAY she can shop for and put three full meals on the table every day, do the laundry for three men in a pretty dirty profession, keep a large house immaculate and greet patients -- all without a hair out of place and nary a smudge on her apron.

THAT I can buy into. They probably have cleaning lady for scrubbing the floors and doing the laundry. What I am really wondering is who did laundry for the Rose family, especially Moyra's.

by Anonymousreply 107January 28, 2022 1:21 AM

There are story arcs. The Glasgow Conundrum. The Constipated Romance. The Disappearing Degree.

by Anonymousreply 108January 29, 2022 9:56 PM

Those story arcs are as shallow as a Cornish pasty.

by Anonymousreply 109January 29, 2022 9:59 PM

I hate this show

by Anonymousreply 110January 29, 2022 10:04 PM

It's sweet tv but... what it leaves out is that animals at that time were not treated in any way like the show presents. Cats were routinely loathed and tortured, very seldom allowed in the house (kitty litter wasn't invented until after WW2). Dogs were either used to help bring income or were killed as puppies as few people had the extra money to support them. The other animals we see were routinely and barbarously butchered. So weird, all these scenes of James saving the life of one little lamb, and that night we see the vets all eating lamb for dinner as though somehow there's no correlation between the cute little animals and the food.

Fantasy tv -- but I still watch it because it's pretty and soothing and you can pretend the world is better than it is.

by Anonymousreply 111January 29, 2022 10:09 PM

R111 You are clueless.

by Anonymousreply 112January 29, 2022 10:21 PM

These animals existed only because people eat them. At the time there were no inhumane factory farms, so there’s no inconsistency in being kind to a lamb and then eating it’s cousin.

by Anonymousreply 113January 29, 2022 10:22 PM

Dogs have long been a part of English households from the royals to the serfs, going back centuries.

As for cats, they became wildly popular as household pets in the late 19th century due to the illustrations of Louis Wain.

by Anonymousreply 114January 29, 2022 11:33 PM


by Anonymousreply 115January 31, 2022 2:16 AM

So good to see a little more grit and passion tonight!

by Anonymousreply 116January 31, 2022 3:06 AM

But when is Aud Hall gonna get a feller?

by Anonymousreply 117January 31, 2022 3:06 AM

Watching now.

by Anonymousreply 118January 31, 2022 3:07 AM

R70, did you sleep through it? The season long arc is the job offer in Glasgow. James wants to be with Helen. Things were a bit problematic after they spent the night together on a vet emergency and then her impending marriage blew up. But after they made it past that, following a stint James spent in a practice in Glasgow, he was offered a job at that practice. Word got to his mother and she just accepted it. He knew nothing about it until he got a letter from the practice thanking him for accepting. James' mother wants him back in Glasgow as his father has died, but he wants to be with Helen who wants to stay in the country. And the practice where he's at is up and down, because of the vicissitudes of Siegfried and Farnan. The Glasgow clinic is advanced with a lot of opportunity.

by Anonymousreply 119January 31, 2022 4:05 AM

I meant Tristan, not Farnan.

Having said that, I thought the failing exams was a bigger deal than it apparently was at that time. You cannot practice medicine or law if you don't pass your exams and graduate. Of course, there is the licensure exam, but that's a a separate issue. I assumed that was a requirement to practice and Siegfried was actually breaking the law by sending him out as a vet. Apparently not, though, which deflates that story arc, at least for me. The prospect of a scandal for practicing without a license, discovered maybe in connection with a malpractice situation, would have brought extra drama to the story arc.

by Anonymousreply 120January 31, 2022 4:13 AM

You said it yourself, r120, it "deflates" the story line.

I realize there are those two arcs you mention but I just find the way they're dealt with in the series disappointingly undramatic and without detail. As far as James' mother.....couldn't we have an occasional scene with her and James' father in Glasgow? And the scenes with James and Helen just have a frustrating sameness week after week. The series hasn't really allowed her to express her herself. There's just no urgency.

But I'll say this, last night was a great episode and there was finally more "grit and passion" as I mentioned at r116. I loved seeing Tristan get some genuinely dramatic moments and Siegfried brought down as a controlling twat. And also the briefest wistful bit of Mrs. Hall as the 7th wheel (could we please give her an arc - what happened to her son? Or a romance?) I love the series, I get that the vibe here will always be soothing gentility. I just want a little more from it.

by Anonymousreply 121January 31, 2022 2:46 PM

Good recap, R119.

by Anonymousreply 122January 31, 2022 2:46 PM

Tried it a few years ago.

Verdict: coma-inducing.

by Anonymousreply 123January 31, 2022 3:07 PM

I saw Diana last week and she looked terrible.

And I'm mostly blind now.

Maggie knew she hadn't really been cremated but how she found our way in that crypt I'll never know.

by Anonymousreply 124January 31, 2022 3:14 PM

They should start a GAY channel with a show called All GAY Creatures Great And Small.

by Anonymousreply 125January 31, 2022 3:36 PM

Re Mrs. Hall's son. bit by bit, through various episodes.

1. First, we see Mrs. Hall receive a package back (returned to sender) which she had sent to her son. She opens it and finds the cookies she had sent him, together with an affectionate letter that she had enclosed. No new address for son is provided.

2. Conversation with Siegfried and Mrs Hall as he asks her about her son (as he never knew the story.) She tells him her son had stolen from her old employer and wanted her to cover for him. She refused and the son went to jail. He has never forgiven her. She left the job and reminded Siegfried that he had taken her on with no references, etc.

3. Mrs. Hall is expecting the son to come to spend Christmas with her and is eagerly waiting for him, rushing to the door when someone knocks, etc. But son never arrives. And afterward, Mrs. Hall remarks that the son is punishing her and has never forgiven her.

4. Audrey's friend asks Mrs. H about the son (the friend apparently know the story and perhaps knew the son) and later, as she (the friend) was leaving, asks Siegfried to be kind to Mrs. H as the son was no good.

by Anonymousreply 126January 31, 2022 4:53 PM

Can someone confirm that James' father has died?

He was alive when Herriot went back to Glasgow temporarily when he filled in for the other vet.

I don't recall any letter or comments that the father had subsequently died.

by Anonymousreply 127January 31, 2022 4:57 PM

Dad's alive.

On another note, once I noticed Helen's squatty-body and outsized derrière, I cannot unnotice it.

by Anonymousreply 128January 31, 2022 5:15 PM

Thought Callum Woodhouse did a great job in this episode. He's a good comic actor but showed he had some dramatic chops there. He's a much better actor than the boring one who plays James. Why doesn't Siegfried hook up with Mrs. Hall? She's a lot better looking than the woman he's dating.

by Anonymousreply 129January 31, 2022 5:22 PM

I was hoping Mrs. H -- fancy baker extraordinaire; does The Great Yorkshire Bake-off know about her? -- would invite the nice mustachioed gent with the limp (and the cute mutt) who clearly has eyes for her, hello, we are not blind, to dinner but, alas.

Like R120 I kept waiting for the licensing hammer to fall on the Farnons -- escandalo! -- but I know nothing about British veterinary licensing in the early 20th century (and perhaps the writers don't either). Siegfried should certainly take Tristan's fancy monogrammed vet bag back for driving the Rover in the rain with the top down.

How much of this show is green screened? I swear the majority of the interior scenes at the Farnon's are, especially the less formal dining area off the kitchen, although the formal dining room looks dropped in, too.

by Anonymousreply 130January 31, 2022 6:50 PM

Siegfried doesn't really seem to show much ardor for any ladies.

by Anonymousreply 131January 31, 2022 8:09 PM

About that bag, it's one thing to practice without a license if one is not required, but that bag declares him MRCVS! That's fraudulent. Whose idea was it to ignore that?

And what are the clients going to think when they find out Tristan isn't actually qualified, since he went around boasting that he was?

by Anonymousreply 132January 31, 2022 9:32 PM

What does that acronym stand for?

by Anonymousreply 133January 31, 2022 9:53 PM

I just don't think I could ever stick my entire arm up some large farm animal's rear orifices.

However James seems to like doing this. More power to him.

by Anonymousreply 134January 31, 2022 10:44 PM

Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, R133. I don't know about in the 1930s, but now you have to be registered with the RCVS to practice. If it was the same then, surely Tristan knew he wasn't a member? Didn't he get some kind of diploma from his veterinary school or other official notification that he was now qualified to practice? I think I would wonder about that if I were he.

by Anonymousreply 135February 1, 2022 1:02 AM

Nicholas Ralph has a gay face

And is attractive

Therefore, he must be like to be fucked in his ass

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by Anonymousreply 136February 1, 2022 1:07 AM

[quote] How much of this show is green screened? I swear the majority of the interior scenes at the Farnon's are, especially the less formal dining area off the kitchen, although the formal dining room looks dropped in, too.

Why would they need to green screen a simple interior set? Here’s a tour of the Skeldale House set that shows how all the rooms are arranged.

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by Anonymousreply 137February 1, 2022 1:09 AM

I don't think Siegfried lying to Tristan about passing his exams was in the original series. I don't see anything about it in the episode descriptions. I wonder if it was in the books.

by Anonymousreply 138February 1, 2022 1:14 AM

[quote] Tried it a few years ago. Verdict: coma-inducing.

I wonder what you watched years ago. This first episode aired 16 months ago.

by Anonymousreply 139February 1, 2022 1:50 AM

The first version of the series. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 140February 1, 2022 6:17 AM

Moron ^

by Anonymousreply 141February 1, 2022 6:26 AM

This is quintessential feel-good TV. I love the scenery of the countryside, the animals are adorable, & I love all the characters (Mrs Hall is my fave). Tricki-Woo should get his own spin-off show!

by Anonymousreply 142February 1, 2022 6:43 AM

Thanks for the on-set tour, R137! I couldn't think of any logical reason the interiors would be green-screened; they just looked a tiny bit blurry behind the (very sharply focused) actors seated at the table. Maybe the the production company got some new lenses? Interesting to learn that the front pillars of Skeldale House have to brought in for exterior scenes. The more you learn!

by Anonymousreply 143February 1, 2022 8:36 PM

[quote]Why doesn't Siegfried hook up with Mrs. Hall? She's a lot better looking than the woman he's dating.

The actress playing the woman Siegfried is dating also played the thoroughly obnoxious and snooty sister-in-law on the series Mum.

Whenever she's on screen, I can't stop being reminded of that character, even though they're not alike.

by Anonymousreply 144February 7, 2022 12:03 AM

I have been putting off watching episode 7 because I figure it will be 18 to 24 months until the next season. It’s a truly sweet show. I watched today and am sad now. However I still hate Tricki Woo. Hate!

by Anonymousreply 145February 7, 2022 12:58 AM

I've never enjoyed Tricki-Woo's shenanigans and would very happily see him run off to another estate where he could fuck pretty little terriers all he likes and never return.

by Anonymousreply 146February 7, 2022 3:40 AM

Love love love Mrs. Hall's returning handsome suitor and really hope he gives her a story line before the season ends.

by Anonymousreply 147February 7, 2022 3:41 AM

I'm always amused at how awkwardly they dress Helen but came to realize tonight it might be very intentional, wanting to stress that she's just the farmer's daughter with no interest in clothes or looking graceful and poised. Her wardrobe is quite charming and honest, actually.

by Anonymousreply 148February 7, 2022 3:43 AM

It never seems realistic that a rich scion of the gentry like Hugh would be interested in a working-class farmer's daughter. The class system was too strong, even in small towns.

by Anonymousreply 149February 7, 2022 4:17 AM

I was so surprised this is sent in 1937, I assumed it was late ‘20s. The women’s clothes are so frumpy, & Helen’s hair, yikes. Next they’ll have her in sausage curls.

by Anonymousreply 150February 7, 2022 5:07 AM

Who cares about the women’s hair and wardrobe. The men are dressed so dapper. Loved the cricket attire.

by Anonymousreply 151February 7, 2022 5:20 AM

After all these years I still have no idea how cricket works.

by Anonymousreply 152February 7, 2022 6:00 AM

Yeah, I didn't get it either. Sometime s a player would run to a base (or somewhere) after hitting the ball and then sometimes, like with Hugh, he didn't.

by Anonymousreply 153February 7, 2022 1:24 PM

And if James didn’t get out (do they use “out?”), the game would be a draw, notwithstanding the score.

by Anonymousreply 154February 7, 2022 5:09 PM

Hardly anyone outside the UK, India, Pakistan and Australia understands the first thing about cricket (a sweeping generalization, of course). I watched about three hours of a match on TV in London once and was hardly any wiser about the game at the end than I was when I started. I could have been hypnotized by several extremely handsome men in their cricket whites, however.

I enjoy Patricia Hodge as Mrs. Pumphrey, but I hope her ridiculous dog gets hit by a screaming cricket ball. Although how Mrs. H would score that is a mystery (aw, the nice clockmaker learned to tolerate cricket for her; he can stay).

by Anonymousreply 155February 7, 2022 6:37 PM

Although I can't bear the peke, I find Patricia Hodge much better at portraying that character than the late Dame Diana.

Ok, flame me now!

by Anonymousreply 156February 8, 2022 1:43 AM

I don’t get all the Tricki hate, I love him, he’s gorgeous!

by Anonymousreply 157February 8, 2022 3:37 AM

What's not to love about Tricki Woo?! He lost a lot of weight and is getting his sexy self on with the neighbor pooch.

by Anonymousreply 158February 8, 2022 4:57 PM

He’s like a giant caterpillar.

by Anonymousreply 159February 8, 2022 5:24 PM

Tricki Woo looks like the type of dog you'd have to keep away from babies on the floor, if you know what I mean.

by Anonymousreply 160February 8, 2022 5:38 PM

^ For that reason they stayed in women's laps.

by Anonymousreply 161February 8, 2022 5:54 PM

Dust balls don't stand a chance when Tricki-Woo is on the floor.

by Anonymousreply 162February 8, 2022 6:23 PM

Not true, R149. She's very pretty, smart, a hard worker, so she would be able to help him run the estate. She has a good reputation in the town and those communities can be tough for a stranger. That was shown by Harriot's initial experiences, expanded even more in the earlier series.

by Anonymousreply 163February 10, 2022 1:45 AM

R156, I can't remember who played her in the first series but she was very good. And Trickie in that series would never have recovered and lost weight. She was addicted to overfeeding him and he suffered often from what they called flop bot.

by Anonymousreply 164February 10, 2022 1:49 AM

It is not at all the sort of series I would have expected Channel 5 to air. But, I guess their CBS ownership is serious about making Channel 5 a bigger player.

by Anonymousreply 165February 10, 2022 1:50 AM

R164 you realize it’s the same character, right? Just different actresses. I don’t think Diana Rigg was over feeding him!

by Anonymousreply 166February 10, 2022 2:13 AM

R163, makes sense, but I'm not sure I follow you on the reference to strangers. Hugh is a part of the community, too.

Pretty sure R164 is talking about the original 1970s series.

by Anonymousreply 167February 10, 2022 3:14 AM

Tricky-Woo is HOT!! (and can do a lot better than that bitch Bella)

Call me, Tricky.🐾

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by Anonymousreply 168February 10, 2022 5:52 AM

I thought the actor who plays Hugh, the spurned rich suitor, looked familiar. It's the actor who played Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter.

by Anonymousreply 169February 10, 2022 10:53 PM

The actors are all horrendously bizarre looking, like they’re made of clay and makeup. The accents are overdone & annoying. The lead actor looks like a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and fat, old Brendan. Frazier

by Anonymousreply 170February 10, 2022 11:15 PM

R170 -- you made me laff! Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 171February 10, 2022 11:17 PM

Maria makes me…laff!

by Anonymousreply 172February 10, 2022 11:55 PM

I think Nicholas Ralph is incredibly handsome. And Callum Woodhouse is adorable. And I also love the clock fixer upper.

I'll give you Sam West though, r170.

by Anonymousreply 173February 11, 2022 1:00 AM

Yes, the makeup on this show looks like it was done by someone who works at a funeral home.

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by Anonymousreply 174February 11, 2022 1:00 AM

Hmmmm, Sexy Samuel West!

WHET Aud's pretty girlfriend who whetted Siegfried's appetite last season? Dorothy, I think. Hope she returns to claim her man.

by Anonymousreply 175February 11, 2022 5:30 AM

That is very odd, r175, that Mrs. H's pretty friend was clearly introduced last season as a possible romantic interest for Siegfried and has disappeared this season. I wonder if the actress became unavailable? Maybe she'll turn up by the finale. She seems to have been replaced by the other, less attractive lady, and it's not really clear to me if we're supposed to see her as a love interest. for Sieg.

by Anonymousreply 176February 11, 2022 2:45 PM

I am such a cynic, I fully expected for the suitor of Mrs. Hall to turn out to be a Nazi trying to recruit other locals. I guess the mustache, and his obsession with clocks (trains arriving on time! Ja, Ja!), tricked me.

by Anonymousreply 177February 11, 2022 2:55 PM

Someone may have linked to this upthread but in case you missed it the Zoom discussion with the cast is on youtube. Nicholas Ralph looks much better here than on the show, which has a lot to do with that hairstyle.

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by Anonymousreply 178February 11, 2022 4:01 PM

Contemporary style does a lot to enhance Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Stenton, who are both good looking but on the show often can look a bit wan and dowdy, respectively.

Speaking of dowdy, they really have to work hard to hide Anna Madeley’s light under a bushel. She has the face of an angel and at 45 looks almost as young as the “kids”.

by Anonymousreply 179February 11, 2022 4:33 PM

I love Anna Madeley but I think I only know her from this. Are there other performances for which she's famous/beloved?

by Anonymousreply 180February 11, 2022 5:07 PM

Nicholas Ralph looks very good and quite authentic for the time period of the show. And his character is supposed to be this sincere goody two shoes.

by Anonymousreply 181February 11, 2022 5:12 PM

Nicholas Ralph's good looks are spoiled by the awful makeup, especially the repulsive raw liver colored lips.

by Anonymousreply 182February 11, 2022 5:13 PM

I want to sodomize Nicholas Ralph for days at a time

by Anonymousreply 183February 11, 2022 5:43 PM

I didn’t like the first version of this show either, even though I like animals and farm settings. I did like the original theme music, it was very light and airy. But I could not sit through one episode of the new or the old version.

by Anonymousreply 184February 11, 2022 5:51 PM

In the original movie made from the series, Anthony Hopkins played Siegfried as a total nutcase.

by Anonymousreply 185February 11, 2022 5:55 PM

Rachel looks positively glowing in that Zoom call!

by Anonymousreply 186February 11, 2022 7:39 PM

I just realized that tonight is the season finale! How can that be?? They're just getting started. This show would really benefit from a few more episodes each season.

by Anonymousreply 187February 13, 2022 11:30 PM

If this show continues for another season, better writers need to be found.

I detected a gradually sink in script quality as this series progressed with too many formulaic British television devices used, cf, Midsomer Murders.

by Anonymousreply 188February 13, 2022 11:39 PM

I love the series but the writing is just so damn gentle! I mean there's virtually no tension except whether James will go back to Scotland and, as everyone already knows.....SPOILER!..........he doesn't or there would be no season 3. The animals never even die ferchrissakes.....

by Anonymousreply 189February 14, 2022 12:28 AM

Well, he shot a horse in the head in the first or second episode, and t'Alderson's old bull got taken off to knacker's.

by Anonymousreply 190February 14, 2022 12:44 AM

Good news tonight..

by Anonymousreply 191February 14, 2022 2:38 AM

Callum doesn't look as chubby as he does on the show at R178.


by Anonymousreply 192February 14, 2022 2:41 AM

" ... looks like Rodney Dangerfield ... "

Still laughing!

by Anonymousreply 193February 14, 2022 2:49 AM

All the actors look slimmer and younger in the zoom interview at r178, they're all gorgeous and sexy there, r192. I even prefer Sam West without the wig, he's got plenty enough hair for a vet.

by Anonymousreply 194February 14, 2022 3:52 AM

LOVED the finale tonight! Wish there had been a little more of that passion and tension throughout the series.

So, is next week a rerun of last year's Christmas special or do we get a new Christmas special? Hoping for the latter.

by Anonymousreply 195February 14, 2022 3:53 AM

Tonight was much better. It had been getting rather boring. In the original TV series, they go all through the war and up to the 1950s. I like the characters, but the storylines are going nowhere.

Tonight it was Chamberlain at Munich which was Sept 1938 - which gave Hitler the Sudetenland (part of Czechoslovakia) in exchange for a promise to stop his conquests.

Just one year later, Sept 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland. After demands to leave based on England's promise to defend Poland against German invasion were ignored by Germany, England declared war on Germany Sept 3, 1939 - considered by many the start of WW2.

Vets were very much needed during the war, both for use in the military but also at home for the farms.

by Anonymousreply 196February 14, 2022 7:32 AM

So it seems this Sunday's Christmas Special will be a new episode and not a re-run of last year's.


by Anonymousreply 197February 15, 2022 4:37 AM

Christmas special.

by Anonymousreply 198February 21, 2022 1:40 AM

Aud glam!!!

Merry Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 199February 21, 2022 2:19 AM

Tricky lives!

by Anonymousreply 200February 21, 2022 2:47 AM

They daren’t kill Tricky on Christmas Day.

by Anonymousreply 201February 21, 2022 3:15 AM

WTF was Mrs. H. thinking in that black beaded dress??

by Anonymousreply 202February 21, 2022 3:23 AM

I can't believe we now have to wait an entire year for another meagre 6 episodes!

by Anonymousreply 203February 21, 2022 3:25 AM

I got a thing for Samuel West. Ever since “Howards End.” He’s been good in everything I’ve seen him do.

I also liked him in a little known indie film called “Reunion “ (1989), in which he portrays an aristocratic young German who becomes friends with a Jewish young man in school. Not a success, but it was released on VHS and laser, but so far not on DVD or Blu-Ray.

by Anonymousreply 204February 21, 2022 3:28 AM

I'm confused about the showing of this Christmas episode. We just had one two months ago, so where does this one fit in with the British series 1 and 2?

by Anonymousreply 205February 21, 2022 4:10 AM

This Christmas special clearly takes place 3 months after the final episode of Season 2, televised last week, Tristan says he's been away at school for 3 months.

What I don't remember is if they showed the Season 1 Christmas special directly after the first season or if they waited until the following Christmas, which would have been our last Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 206February 21, 2022 4:18 AM

[quote]What I don't remember is if they showed the Season 1 Christmas special directly after the first season or if they waited until the following Christmas, which would have been our last Christmas.

And this was my question, not when in the storyline of the show does it take place.

by Anonymousreply 207February 21, 2022 4:20 AM

Can someone please tell me that I wasn’t the only one crying when they gave Tricki the Nembutal shot (even though I knew how it would turn out). Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

by Anonymousreply 208February 21, 2022 6:14 AM

[quote] I also liked him in a little known indie film called “Reunion “ (1989), in which he portrays an aristocratic young German who becomes friends with a Jewish young man in school. Not a success, but it was released on VHS and laser, but so far not on DVD or Blu-Ray.

Yes, R204. One of my favorite films. Powerful and just delivers that killer ending. Based on a short novel by Fred Uhlman based on his friendship with Konradin.

I think I have it - maybe a VHS. LOL! I wonder where it is.

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by Anonymousreply 209February 21, 2022 7:00 AM

Samuel West is so handsome. Tristan & James pale in comparison (figuratively & literally—they’re so pale! Especially James)

by Anonymousreply 210February 21, 2022 7:04 AM

Yes, I'm getting quite a little crush on Siegfried. West is perfect in his characterization, and so attractive with his beard. And especially with his glasses. Wasn't he wearing them while examining the rabbit?

by Anonymousreply 211February 21, 2022 8:48 AM

It was a really good episode and a great way to end the season.

by Anonymousreply 212February 21, 2022 2:59 PM

I'm so glad there enough hot men to go around. You can all keep Siegfried. I'm in for James (I LOVE his pale skin), the clock fixer-upper (that mustache!) and Tristan (I crush on his lisp).

by Anonymousreply 213February 21, 2022 3:01 PM

The tears sure were streaming by the end.

James' sweet phone call to his mom really got me. And James' brilliant generosity in bringing the Christmas dinner to Mrs. Pumphrey's home - I didn't see that coming even though it was the obvious solution to the dilemma.

by Anonymousreply 214February 21, 2022 3:05 PM

I loved the Christmas episode. Their little home is so warm and inviting.

With the Christmas decorations, it was so charming.

Loved the heart-warming ending.

by Anonymousreply 215February 21, 2022 3:16 PM

Anyone think Mrs Pumphreys gonna die next season and leave her house to James and Helen?

Also, Mrs H Looking at the window and seeing planes. We all know what’s next to comes

by Anonymousreply 216February 21, 2022 3:21 PM

[quote] Their little home is so warm and inviting. With the Christmas decorations, it was so charming. Loved the heart-warming ending.

I guess they'll save Heather Locklear blowing up the house as a cliffhanger for a later season.

by Anonymousreply 217February 21, 2022 3:23 PM

In one of those mini-docs the producers mentioned the need to recast Mrs. Pumphreys after Diana Rigg's death because the character played such a prominent role in the original stories, so I don't think Mrs. P is going anywhere soon. I must say, And I think Patricia Hodge is far more convincing in the role than Dame Diana was....she is so much more willing and able to give the character a truer period look and demeanor. I love her constant slash of Jungle Red lipstick!

I don't really get James and Helen living with the Farnons once they're married except to create conflicts in future episodes. Why wouldn't they get their own flat or cottage near the veterinary?

by Anonymousreply 218February 21, 2022 3:32 PM

Because it's based on autobiographical stories, and that's what James and Helen did (in real life, Alf and his wife).

by Anonymousreply 219February 21, 2022 10:18 PM

How was that choice explained in the stories, r219?

by Anonymousreply 220February 21, 2022 10:31 PM

Will Thorp plays Mr. Hammond the clock fixer. They sure dress his looks down on the show, in real life he is FINE.

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by Anonymousreply 221February 21, 2022 10:33 PM

They’re not sticking very close to the book — in Alf Wight's stories, Siegfried is 30, and Mrs Hall is an old woman.

by Anonymousreply 222February 22, 2022 12:09 AM

I don't remember, R220. It wasn't something that needed to be explained away--probably because it was the Depression and young marrieds were considered lucky to have a place to start out life in. I dunno; from our perspective it might seem less than ideal, but they could save up for their own place.

Helen is right, though; he shouldn't just assume and then spring it on her like that. Boy needs to discuss such things.

by Anonymousreply 223February 22, 2022 12:37 AM

Thanks [R209] for the ”Reunion” montage. I actually have it on VHS, but the only DVD versions available are all on PAL. Fascinating film, in that it really describes the arc of a male friendship in a troubling time. Not at all sexual, but quite emotional. There are few men who haven’t had strong friendships in their youth.

Nowadays, such connections are viewed sexually, resulting in male friendships being shown only in terms of sports of some kind. More and more, it seems men are only allowed to have close connections with women. Men aren’t even seen hiking or kayaking, or anything, together anymore; there’s always a woman involved. (Conversely, women are allowed to do, and celebrate, doing all kinds of things together!)

Also, since I’m aware of German history, it seemed pretty obvious where the story was headed, almost from the beginning. For some reason, perhaps reincarnation (!), I’ve been aware of the July 20th plot, since seeing “The Desert Fox” (1952) on the old NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, probably in 1961, when I was 12. It’s the first commercial feature I’m aware of to dramatize the attempt to assassinate Hitler. Curious longterm effect it had on me.

Too bad “Reunion” isn’t available on DVD or Blu-Ray. It’s really very good.

by Anonymousreply 224February 22, 2022 5:16 PM

This was the depression in England. People were pretty poor. Even Siegfried wasn't all that flush, but he was a long-time successful vet who owned his own practice so he was rare. I suspect they also had family money which neither James nor Helen had.

One of the reasons they lived in the same house for a long time was because they shared night duty. Also, vets didn't make that much money. But also because people just couldn't afford their own homes - at least not as nice as Siegfried's. In the TV series, trying to find an affordable home for James and Helen took time and they had a number of failed attempts. James even had a hard time getting a bank mortgage.

This is an interesting time since this Christmas special was Christmas 1938 by the next fall they'd be at war.

by Anonymousreply 225February 22, 2022 5:29 PM

I know the UK Christmas specials are filmed in the summer, but I wish they’d splash out on some CGI (or better CGI). Farmer Jerkwad’s barn had a few piles of sticks badly spray painted white in the yard. Then in the next scene James is sitting in his car carving his Christmas log (not a euphemism) and the dales are green and lush outside the window. In supposed December. I guess they spent all the money on the Farnon interiors and their holiday decor. And I know it’s very time-consuming to film dinner party scenes where a large cast of characters are at table, but I wish we could have seen more of the dinner at Mrs. Pumphrey’s. I’d like to know what she and Helen’s dad talked about. (More Mr. Hammond next season, please. Thanks, R221 — he IS fine!)

by Anonymousreply 226February 23, 2022 3:04 AM

Don't like Patricia Hodge as Mrs. Pumphrey. Diana was much better, she gave her a goofy quality which was more appealing.

by Anonymousreply 227February 23, 2022 4:22 AM

Watched Howards End (the Merchant Ivory version) on Netflix this week before it disappeared as I hadn't seen it in years. My, Samuel West was a slim young thing then. Nice accent work, too. (Too bad he didn't have any scenes with his mother, Prunella Scales.) He'll always be Mr. Bast to me.

by Anonymousreply 228March 18, 2022 7:41 PM

Give me a shirtless Nicholas Ralph scene. The tease of the chest hair is just not enough.

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by Anonymousreply 229March 18, 2022 9:05 PM

I demand a trans character next season!

by Anonymousreply 230March 18, 2022 11:27 PM


Is this another of those new Revisionist History TV shows set in 1920s with Jamaicans in the Yorkshire villages?

by Anonymousreply 231March 19, 2022 12:19 AM

I assume the 231 posters here are the same ones mourning the death of Peter Bowles who would have been unknown if he had not appear in some tepid TV show which only lasted 3 years.

by Anonymousreply 232March 19, 2022 12:24 AM

[quote] “Reunion “ (1989), in which he portrays an aristocratic young German who becomes friends with a Jewish young man in school

Is there any sex?

by Anonymousreply 233March 19, 2022 12:32 AM

Thanks for coming to this thread, r232. Your contribution gave me a lot to think about.

by Anonymousreply 234March 19, 2022 12:35 AM

[quote] Thanks for coming to this thread.

Thanks you for having me in your thread. Will you be offering tea and Yorkshire biscuits afterwards?

by Anonymousreply 235March 19, 2022 12:43 AM

From donalds-worst-nightmare:

[quote] Glad tidings I bring - the new season of Masterpiece's "All Creatures Great And Small" begins on January 8 on PBS.

by Anonymousreply 236December 19, 2022 2:05 AM

That's great! Will there be a Christmas special first this year?

by Anonymousreply 237December 19, 2022 2:39 AM

I once met Margaretta Scott, who played Mrs Pumphrey in the original 1970s programme. Noel Coward said she was the most elegant woman in London. I could believe it. When I met her she was a very old lady with a commanding presence.

by Anonymousreply 238December 19, 2022 3:42 AM

The original series is so good. I practically had it memorized before college. New series isn’t as good in my opinion. Peter Davison was amazing as Tristan. The books are even better, i read them all in high school. Got involved in veterinary research as a result of the obsession created and many vets and vet researchers visit the Herriot museum as a sort of pilgrimage.

by Anonymousreply 239December 19, 2022 4:11 AM

All creatures great, or all creatures small?

by Anonymousreply 240January 16, 2023 2:16 AM

Both R240.

by Anonymousreply 241January 16, 2023 2:24 AM

Love, love this show. For me it’s a palette cleanser after watching too many bloody, grim, gory, should-be-good-but-aren’t shows. It’s sweet and peaceful. Only downside it not enough episodes and too long between seasons.

by Anonymousreply 242January 16, 2023 2:24 AM

I need to get the PBS Passport thing to watch all the seasons.

by Anonymousreply 243January 16, 2023 2:26 AM

Another big fan here. Exactly what R242 said. I really enjoy this show and I'm surprised about it.

by Anonymousreply 244January 16, 2023 2:27 AM

[quote] Both R240.

The choice is binary. You must select one or the other.

by Anonymousreply 245January 16, 2023 2:35 AM

I watched season one and was so bored with it (though the young vet who moved in with the older vet and his brother is a cutie). I started watching season two on Christmas (they did the whole 8 eps back to back on my local station) and couldn't get past episode 2. So boring and slow. I took S3 off my DVR.

by Anonymousreply 246January 16, 2023 3:54 AM

I want to love this series so much as I absolutely adore the entire cast but the writing is so consistently hackneyed and predictable. Nevertheless, I keep watching as it does help to ease my blood pressure and calm me down.

But please, bring in some new writers next season!

by Anonymousreply 247January 19, 2023 4:56 PM

Did they darken Nicholas Ralph's hair this season? It doesn't look as blonde as I remember it. Or is it just on my TV screen?

I adore him in any case.

by Anonymousreply 248January 19, 2023 4:57 PM

This is done almost exactly like "Downton Abbey." There's a bunch of little subplots each episode, then there's a big event where everyone talks to one another in pairs and resolves their problems for the time being. Very formulaic.

by Anonymousreply 249January 19, 2023 5:09 PM

"Create a problem to solve a problem!"

by Anonymousreply 250January 19, 2023 5:11 PM

R248, I noticed that, too. It's not even a good dye job imo. Siegfried's may have been darkened as well. Not sure why they wouldn't want Ralph's hair blonde.

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by Anonymousreply 251January 19, 2023 8:46 PM

Mrs. Hall is beautiful

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by Anonymousreply 252January 19, 2023 9:20 PM

My British friends said Robert Hardy (Siegfried) from the original series was tormented by young ruffians who would flash him the international sign for fisting when they'd see him at the Tesco or on the street, in reference to often being elbow deep in some animal or another on the telly.

by Anonymousreply 253January 19, 2023 9:20 PM

The hair design in general on the series is sometimes rather peculiar.

Samuel West as Siegfried wears a wig. A good one but why does Siegfried need to have a full head of hair?

Nicholas Ralph should be the natural blonde he is. Why has it suddenly been made darker in S3?

Rachel Shenton is gorgeous (have you ever seen her as herself in interviews?) but the way they style her own hair is often very unflattering. But then perhaps they're trying to downplay Rachel's innate glamour, which I get, I suppose. Her clothes are also often very unflattering. She musty have the patience (and confidence) of a saint to put up with it.

Anna Madeley's hair, which I think is her own, is often styled to resemble Olive Oyl. Again, maybe they try too hard to de-glamourize her.

There never seemed to be much attempt to give Diana Rigg a period look, but I'm happy to see that Patricia Hodge, who I much prefer as Mrs. Pumphrey, always looks period-perfect.

Ditto Callum Woodhouse, who always has the perfect period look in his hairstyle. After this and The Durrells. I can't even imagine him playing a contemporary character.

by Anonymousreply 254January 20, 2023 4:58 AM

Is Georgina the cat a creature great or a creature small? I know she's a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 255January 23, 2023 2:39 AM

Not reading the posts, sorry. I loved the original but will try this remake.

by Anonymousreply 256January 23, 2023 5:28 AM

Georgina is a cat of great anger and violence, but her body, of course, is small.

Can anyone tell me why Tricki Woo was at the wedding in episode 1? We saw them pick him up at Mrs. Pumphrey's but there was no explanation ... or did I miss it? Without a reason, it's so bizarre. Only two or three guests on each side, but there's a dog attending, on a pillow.

by Anonymousreply 257January 23, 2023 5:35 AM

R257, James is Tricki Woo’s uncle so I am sure Mrs. Pumphrey assumed he would be expected to attend being they are immediate family.

by Anonymousreply 258January 23, 2023 5:40 AM

There is that, R258. "Uncle Herriot's" nuptials were a time for family to gather, naturally. I hope Mrs. Pumphrey sent a generous gift.

I found it hard to believe that a servant would demand an apology on Tricki's behalf, even if he was "just" a local farmer.

by Anonymousreply 259January 23, 2023 5:46 AM

I don't watch shows with sick animals.

Or movies with dogs.

They die.

by Anonymousreply 260January 23, 2023 5:58 AM

I never saw the original. Was the scenery as breathtaking as the new version?

by Anonymousreply 261January 23, 2023 6:00 AM

R261, the original series is not nearly as beautiful as the new, but I think that's because cameras and lighting are so different now than in 1978 (when the original series premiered).

There's not much video online available - my quick google search - but there is a documentary about the original series you could watch.

I'll say this, in the old series, the vet's got very dirty at times. In the new series they do not.

by Anonymousreply 262January 23, 2023 11:04 AM

R254 - check out Callum Woodhouse in the gay film B&B.

by Anonymousreply 263January 23, 2023 12:01 PM

Need to have more shirtless shots by James.

by Anonymousreply 264January 23, 2023 12:04 PM

Love the show but it was cheap of them not to bring Mrs. Pumphrey (Patricia Hodge) herself back for the wedding, not just Tricki-Woo.

Last night's episode finally got into a little more story-telling, clumsy as it was. Nicholas Ralph's hair is still too dark. And how patient Rachel Shenton must be to wear those heavy knitted sweaters under all of her tweed jackets. Anna Madeley as Mrs. Hall continues to wear a nice variety of wrapper aprons.

by Anonymousreply 265January 23, 2023 2:24 PM

[quote] And how patient Rachel Shenton must be to wear those heavy knitted sweaters under all of her tweed jackets. Anna Madeley as Mrs. Hall continues to wear a nice variety of wrapper aprons.

Are you gay by any chance?

by Anonymousreply 266January 26, 2023 3:02 PM
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