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All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Channel 5 2020

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

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small - S2E7

#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 8.42 from 109 votes.

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#2 - 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 8.26 from 42 votes.

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#3 - 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 8.21 from 133 votes.

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#4 - 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 7.99 from 107 votes.

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#5 - 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 7.95 from 161 votes.

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#6 - 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 144 votes.

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#7 - 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 7.92 from 157 votes.

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#8 - 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 134 votes.

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#9 - 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 7.87 from 202 votes.

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#10 - The Last Man In (Season 2 - Episode 5)

When a familiar face from Helen's past returns to Darrowby, James worries that he has to vie for her attention and steps up to compete against them at Mrs Pumphrey's annual cricket match. The rest of Skeldale House are apprehensive as the game can be brutal. Siegfried tries his best to train James and get a reluctant Tristan to step in, but it's not looking good for their Darrowby Eleven team.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 139 votes.

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#11 - Andante
Season 1 - Episode 3

Tristan sets about collecting debts owed to the surgery and takes a shine to Maggie, the new barmaid at The Drovers. Siegfried hopes to bag the job of Attending Vet at Darrowby Racecourse, by buttering up the head of the race course, General Ransom. When the favourite to win on the race day is diagnosed with a inoperable condition, James has his first painful experience.

The episode was rated from 218 votes.
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#12 - Where the Heart Is
Season 2 - Episode 1

Itโ€™s spring in 1938, and a trip back home to Glasgow presents James Herriot with a dilemma that will mean choosing between the people he loves when he is offered a position at his old mentor's forward-thinking practice.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.
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#13 - A Tricki Case
Season 1 - Episode 4

James is forced to take in Mrs Pumphrey's pampered Pekingese. Tristan prepares to return to university, but needs Siegfried's help to pay for his accommodation, but Siegfried insists he must first prove he is serious about being a vet. James treats the Aldersons' prize bull, and Helen rewards his efforts with some unusual home baking.

The episode was rated from 200 votes.
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#14 - Another Farnon?
Season 1 - Episode 2

Skeldale House descends into chaos with the arrival of Siegfried's wayward brother Tristan. Helen provides James with a reason to stay in the Dales.

The episode was rated from 224 votes.
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#15 - You've Got to Dream
Season 1 - Episode 1

Fresh out of veterinary college in 1937, James Herriot struggles to find work in his Depression-struck home town of Glasgow. Seeking new opportunities, he pursues a position in the remote village of Darrowby working for eccentric local vet Siegfried Farnon, who is less than impressed by his early efforts. However, a difficult calving gives James a chance to prove his worth.

The episode was rated from 251 votes.

Last updated: sep 26, 2022



Brilliant show remakes are not normally as good but I really enjoyed this.


I know some folks are bent out of shape over this adaptation, but honestly, it is still a wholesome breath of fresh air for 45 minutes in a world that could really use that.


Utterly perfect in every possible way.... I can't finish a single episode without crying at least a couple of times.... I love it!


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