All Creatures Great and Small

10 Best Episodes of All Creatures Great and Small

The heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. A remake of the 1978 series.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

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#15 - All's Fair (Season 1 - Episode 5)

It's the Darrowby Show and James is pleased as punch that he has been given the honour of Attending Vet. But Siegfried and Tristan know the job is a poisoned chalice and reckon James won't last the day without throwing in the towel.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 218 votes.

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#14 - Edward (Season 3 - Episode 5)


Siegfried and Tristan are left in charge of Skeldale House, when Mrs Hall takes time off to meet up with an important person from her past. Siegfried immediately puts Tristan in charge of housekeeping duties and focuses on running the practice and educating a visiting work experience boy named Andrew Simmonds.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 109 votes.

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#13 - Many Happy Returns (Season 2 - Episode 4)

It's an important day for Tristan in more ways than one, as he celebrates his birthday and Siegfried gives him new responsibilities as a vet. Tristan has to withstand the pressure and succeed in the challenge set by his older brother before returning to Skeldale for his birthday festivities. Meanwhile, Mrs Hall reminds James that he needs to tell Helen some home truths.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 149 votes.

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#12 - Semper Progrediens (Season 2 - Episode 2)


With Tristan's encouragement, James asks Helen if she'd like to go to the local spring dance. But village resident Gerald's arrival with his injured dog, Rock, puts a spanner in the works. Meanwhile, Tristan worries that Siegfried is in danger of losing his edge.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 174 votes.

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#11 - The Night Before Christmas (Season 1 - Episode 7)

James is trying to bury his pain over Helen and has invited his new girlfriend Connie to the annual Skeldale Christmas party. As the house fills with locals, James receives a call from a man who wants help with his dog who is giving birth.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 122 votes.

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#10 - A Cure for All Ills (Season 1 - Episode 6)


James' workload doubles when Siegfried takes ill during a harsh winter. Mrs Hall discovers it is James' birthday, and Tristan tries his best to cheer him up by arranging a double date. Season finale.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 174 votes.

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#9 - We Can But Hope (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The fate of a struggling young widow causes difficulties for James and Helen's burgeoning romance. Meanwhile, Siegfried has another scheme to whip Tristan into shape, and a visit from Tricki Woo causes chaos in Skeldale House.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 160 votes.

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#8 - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Season 3 - Episode 6)


The Skeldale House regulars think about what matters to them most when the radio reports that Britain is standing on the brink of war. As everyone processes the news, James discovers a case of TB at Heston Grange. Richard begs him not to report it or the farm will be shut down and he could lose his livelihood.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 98 votes.

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#7 - Honeymoon's Over (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Everyone is trying to get along as best they can in the face of changes at Skeldale House. Helen has moved into the bedsit upstairs with James. James struggles to get Siegfried to let him take the reins now that he is a junior partner, and the pair clash when he learns how much money Skeldale could make from the Ministry of Agriculture’s lucrative bovine TB testing scheme.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 120 votes.

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#6 - Surviving Siegfried (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Siegfried receives some difficult news and becomes even more irascible than usual. The perfect distraction comes along in the form of Major Sebright Saunders, who asks Siegfried to look at a difficult young racehorse called River.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 114 votes.

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#5 - What a Balls Up! (Season 3 - Episode 4)

James is finally succeeding with the farmers’ uptake of the Ministry of Agriculture’s TB testing scheme, but is struggling with the complicated paperwork - a fact that he is keen to keep from Siegfried. Tristan decides that he is outgrowing running the small animal surgery and buys a car to help with errands at the practice, which also provides him with transport for taking Florence, the daughter of Siegfried’s rival, George Pandhi, out on a date.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 105 votes.

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#4 - Merry Bloody Christmas (Season 3 - Episode 7)


It’s Christmas in Darrowby and everyone is trying to make the most of things while the world is at war. A young guest brings some wonder, mischief and cheer to Skeldale House while everyone waits for important news. When Mrs Pumphrey heralds the arrival of a kitten in need of extra care. Siegfried is asked to pay a visit to an injured River just before a big race.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 74 votes.

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#3 - Second Time Lucky (Season 3 - Episode 1)

It is now spring 1939 and a potential world war looms. Tristan is now a qualified vet, while James enters a new stage of his life with Helen and at the practice. After being made joint business partner by Siegfried, James pushes to take on more responsibility via the Ministry of Agriculture's new bovine TB testing scheme, but its unexpected challenges risk pushing him to breaking point.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 140 votes.

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#2 - Home Truths (Season 2 - Episode 6)


As Chamberlain heads to meet with Hitler in Munich, James prepares to face his parents and give them some difficult news. Meanwhile, James's agenda is derailed by an emergency with the Alderson's pregnant mare, Candy.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 151 votes.

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#1 - The Perfect Christmas (Season 2 - Episode 7)

James and Helen spend their first Christmas together, but must agree on where to spend it. Despite all seeming idyllic, the vets are troubled as Tricki Woo is sick.

The episode was rated 8.34 from 127 votes.

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