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All Creatures Great & Small - Series 3  [DVD]
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The last of the original three series' of the BBC drama set in the Yorkshire Dales veterinary surgery. Seigfried Farnon (Robert Hardy) is an ageing vet in a busy Dales practice who barely suffers fools at all. James Herriott (Christopher Timothy) is his youthful partner still struggling to adapt to Dales life with his lovely wife, Helen (Carol Drinkwater). Peter Davidson, in his debut role, plays Tristan Farnon, Seigfried's luckless younger brother and scapegoat for anything that goes wrong.The Third season finds the vets concerned about the coming war and how life will change in the Dales. Of course the usual characters are featured such as Mrs. Pumphrey with Tricky, her hypochondriac poodle and Dr. Bennett who never misses a chance to get the 'vit'nery' steaming drunk. Series 3 is the most emotional of the three original seasons with both Seigfried and James eventually called into service and Tristan passing his tests to run the practice on his own merit.
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WW2, and concludes in the final episode with the partners departing their
beloved Darroby to fight for all they hold most dear in the war, following
James Herriot is very happily married to Helen, and a half partner to
Seigfried, with the latters younger Brother Tristan, still struggling to
qualify as a vet. Despite the impending disaster of the war, life must go
on, and here t does with anoter joyful collection of episodes including
"Charity Begins at Home" with Seigfried determined to teac his partners an
example in cost cutting...if only he practised what he preeches! "Hair of
the Dog" where James is unable to resist a visit from Granville Bennet, a
gregarial local vet with a taste for drink! "Matters of Life and Death"
Seigfried and Tristan attend a military function, with dire concequences for
The last episode, "Big Steps and Little 'uns" sees both James and Seigfried
depart for the war, and contains a great scene by the fireside where James
explains to Seigfried why he loves hs life in Darrowby so much, yet has to
leave to defend it.
Although intended as the conclusion to this wonderfuil series, All Creatures
returned some years later, post war, to continue to stories of the life and
times of the partners. It continued to be hugely entertaining, but after
this series 3 was no longer based on the books by James Herriot, and new
writers were brought in. Subsequently, it never quite recaptured the magic
of the early stories. Even though at times, it came close..
There are the usual cute animals, eccentric humans and arguments between the Farnon brothers with James often in the middle. What a powerful actor Robert Hardy was, and his Siegfried Farnon is one of television's truly great characters. This was also the last series to feature Carol Drinkwater as James's wife. When the series returned several years later Lynda Bellingham played the character, and there wasn't quite the same spark between the characters. Of course Drinkwater and Cristopher Timothy actually had a relationship off screen.
There are funny moments in every All Creatures series, but this one features perhaps the best appearance of another great character Granville Bennett who appears once in every series and each time gets James legless. After a while it might get repetitive, but this one is the most hilarious of these storylines.
This series also ended poignantly with James and Siegfried going off to war. Of course at the time no one knew the series would return and it was planned as the last All Creatures series ever.
Highly recommended as an example of British television at its finest.
Robert Hardy is absolutely sensational as the unpredictable Siegfried and the rest of the cast play their parts wonderfully well. I have absolutely no concentration span when it comes to modern television. I find it frustrating, overly hyped and mostly a triumph of style over substance. All Creatures is a different proposition altogether, it's heartwarming, genuinely funny and very very natural. Watch the exchange between Siegfried and James in the car in the title sequence and you'll see what I mean by natural. Some great cameos by the likes of Pat Troughton only go to up the quality.
I was eight when this was first broadcast and I'll be honest it probably bored me to tears at the time but sometimes age is a wonderful thing. If you're frustrated with modern TV get a copy of this, you won't regret it.
The picture quality has improved and the DVD release doesn't look worse then
the reruns on TV anymore (compared to the dubbed german version that also
is 30 years old now).
DVD navigation has been changed again and is better than in series 2.
And finally they stopped to split the series into different volumes.
Now that they released all 7 series and the christmas specials it might
be time to use their experience to release series 1 and 2 again as improved
Our little dog was used in the series so it was lovely to see it again , we had Humphrey 17 yeast he was a little star , he played Diger in all creatures grate and small.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bougt these dvd's as a birthday present for my wife.
Very amusing TV material, funny, well played serie
from "old" England.
Coupled with series 1 and 2 this is absolutely wonderful viewing - again and again if you have the time! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Colin Jones