Although this series was originally made in the 1970s, it stands up very well. The quality of the acting is very high in all the episodes and the cast appear to be having a genuinely good time. Robert Hardy is wonderful as the impossible but difficult to dislike Siegfried, Peter Davison is perfect as his mischevous younger brother, Tristan, and Christopher Timothy is excellent as the fresh-faced James Herriot trying to get to grips with life as a newly-qualified vet in the 1930s. The supporting cast, especially Mrs Hall, are all excellent and the series paints a convincing (if a little rose-tinted) picture of 1930s Yorkshire. All the anecdotes from the books are there and are still as hilarious as when I first read them. There are even a few moving moments. Highly recommended to cheer up long winter evenings.