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All Creatures Great & Small - Series 1 - Volume 1 [1978] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Carol Drinkwater, Mary Hignett
  • Directors: Christopher Baker, Peter Moffatt, Terence Dudley
  • Writers: Anthony Steven, Brian Clark, Brian Finch, James Herriot, Johnny Byrne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2003
  • Run Time: 297 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LZ3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first 6 episodes of the first series of the popular drama based on the books by vet James Herriot. James (Christopher Timothy) arrives in rural Darrowby to begin veterinary practice. His employer is the demanding Siegfried Farnon (Robert Hardy), and in addition to mastering the local dialect, James faces a healthy dose of Yorkshire scepticism from his new clients. The episodes included are: 'Horse Sense', 'Dog Days', 'It Takes All Kinds', 'Calf Love', 'Out of Practice' and 'Nothing Like Experience'.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By N. Ohtsubo on 15 Sep 2003
It is one of the most charming television series ever made. It can truely be said to be a timeless classic. The image and audio quality suffers from time to time (it was made in the 70s), but the stories and acting make up for any technical limitations. No additional features. Breaking the series into two boxed sets is a little annoying, but better than what happened to the VHS release.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mark Antony on 15 Oct 2005
Based on the books of James Herriot, this is series one of the classic TV adaption. The series tells the story of newly qualified Scottish vet Herriot (Christopher Timothy) travelling to Yorkshire, to secure a job of assistant vet to Seigfried Farnhan (Robert Hardy) This first series tells how James gets the job, his first tentative steps in the practice, his courtship, and subsequent marriage to local girl Helen Alderton (Carol Drinkwater) and his first meeting with the youthful and philandering Brother of Siegfried, Tristan (Peter Davison)
Also in series one, this disc set being the first of two parts, Sigfrieds exasperation over his Brothers failiure to qualify, his hilarious attempts to organise the practise by employing a secretary, the dragon like Winnifrid Harbottle!
The story of the vets unfolds against the impending world war two, often bringing into play nostalgic elements, like listening to Lamplight the wireless in the sitting room, cosy fireside chats, and mealtime cnversations, making the audience often appreciate the joy of home cooking, and the companionship of good friends and family.
James dedication to his work is at times, in the opinion of his partners, bordering on the obsessive... Also shining through is his innate caring attitude towards the community he has grown to love. But it is the towering performence of Robert Hardy as Siegfried, and his psychological battles with his Brother Tristan, which went a long way to making this series the gem that is is.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2005
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Don't know what the viewing figures were when this came out in the seventies but it seemed at the time that everyone was watching it. Could recall the programme contained shots of beautiful Yorkshire countryside but as an adult I am enjoying it all the more, it is just such fun to watch, plenty of humour, rich characterisations and wonderful acting. Robert Hardy's portrayal of Siegfried is electric - he positively sparkles with energy.
Very suitable for family viewing. The PG rating must be for the operating scenes and for the occasional bit of bad language but there is nothing crude or rude about this series, and no F words! Hoorah. Some of today's producers need to put this on and learn.
Has default subtitles which can be switched off. We have bought up to the end of the second series, beyond that not sure if the series has been committed to DVD yet but even if that is all you can get in the UK, it is worth it. We hope that the third series will appear on DVD soon.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 2003
Excellent. A wonderful series from 1978 to 1990 one of the BBC'S best productions. Recreates life in Yorkshire as a vet before the second world war. The charectors are great and who can forget the irribpressable Mrs Pumphrey and her beloved Tricky woo
with cracker dog and flot bot.
If you ever get the chance to see the James Herriot museum in Thirsk it will bring back lots of hapiness to anyone who enjoyed the programme.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Stanton on 8 May 2007
I've enjoyed reading the James Herriot Books, so to know that there was dvd's based on the story was great!!

You know how some films that are made based on books, you watch and you have not a clue how they came to base it on that particular book as its not true to it? Well these Dvd's are different, because they are very true to the books, i'm happy to see that!

In this first series, James comes to the town of Darrowby as a fresh Vet from COllage. It takes time for him to get used to the unusal ways of the farmers, the cases he has to work on are shown in the film, also the scraps of Trickiewoo! and he even finds something quite special in a miss Alderson. Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy are well suited for the parts of James and Siegfried. Its an enjoyable film, suitable to watch with the family too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ems on 19 July 2008
I absolutely love it!

Being born in the late 80's I am a little short in the tooth to remember the original series. But whilst traveling last year with my boyfriend we came across the books and feeling a bit homesick became addicted to them. The descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside were so vivid, they were the perfect antidote to our traveling blues.

The DVD series were no less rewarding, and unusally reflected very well the imagined scenarios one cunjours up whilst reading the books! Each episode leaves you with a smile on your face and the thought that everything will be O.K.

As several people seem to have already mentioned the stories are timeless whilst also being nostalgic and I think the odd 70's touch here and there only adds to the magic of it all. Having said this a modern re-make would be fabulous, the world could do with being reminded of an old time magic that seems to have been lost along the way...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Primzahl on 2 Feb 2009
My impression is that the picture quality of series 1 and 2 is really bad, but
it gets much better with series 3.
A local (german) TV station is doing a rerun of the first few series and the
picture quality of the 30 years old dubbed version is much better than
that on these DVDs.
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