Masterpiece, All Creatures Great and Small
Sundays at 9 PM & 10 PM
James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved books.
Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life. Samuel West plays Siegfried Farnon, the wonderfully eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House, who reluctantly hires the recently qualified Herriot into his rural practice.
Mrs Hall, the matriarch of Skeldale House, is played by Anna Madeley. Siegfried’s charismatic younger brother, Tristan, is played by Callum Woodhouse. Rachel Shenton takes the role of Helen Alderson, an independent local farmer’s daughter who helps her father manage the family farm. Dame Diana Rigg plays Mrs. Pumphrey, the delightfully eccentric owner of the overly indulged Pekingese Tricki Woo.
James Herriot interviews for a job with harried Yorkshire veterinarian Siegfried Farnon. His first day is full of surprises.
Fresh from veterinary college, Siegfried’s fun-loving brother, Tristan, arrives to help out. Mrs. Pumphrey throws a swanky party.
James is put to the test with an ailing racehorse. Tristan faces a familiar temptation. Siegfried angles for a prestigious client.
While Tristan gives Tricki-Woo the spa treatment, James deals with Helen’s champion bull. Siegfried makes a decision about Tristan.
James volunteers to be the official vet at the Darrowby Show. His ordeals include an ethical plight involving Helen’s bull.
Defying Siegfried, Tristan coaxes James to try a risky procedure to save a stricken cow. Then James gets a shock from Helen.
Siegfried hosts a Christmas eve party, with an even bigger event to follow the next day. Helen accompanies James on an emergency house call.