In this 8-part TV series, filmmakers introduce viewers to the world of James Herriot, a man who wrote a series of books on his experiences as a vet in a small English village. This is a re-make of an 80s TV show, and while I haven’t a clue what that’s like, I’m here, ready and able to discuss All Creatures Great and Small, season one!
All Creatures Great and Small (2020), Season One Masterpiece TV Review
Finding work as a vet, which is his training, has been something of a challenge for James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph). He hasn’t much of a prospect until he receives a letter from a vet with a practice in a small English village. Leaving his parents in Scotland, James eagerly travels the distance in the hopes this interview will lead to a job offer. Once there, he discovers Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) is a harsh potential boss who has gone through multiple assistants and seems to expect the impossible of those he works with.
With the encouragement of Siegfried’s kind and warm-hearted housekeeper Mrs. Hall (Anna Madeley), a woman with her own troubles, James just may succeed.
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The number of productions they put out each year may be slim, but Masterpiece also lives up to their name. There’s rarely a production I don’t like and those that I don’t think are worth the hype usually have some good quality. This All Creatures Great and Small (2020), season one production is wonderful and then some. There’s something entirely “perfect” about this production that I cannot place, but know is there by how the stories make you feel.
The cast is quite good and I enjoyed seeing familiar faces from Bletchley Circle, Mr. Selfridge and even little brother Farnon (Callum Woodhouse) from The Durrells. Though a newcomer, Nicholas Ralph is excellent. In a nutshell, everyone is grand. The stories focus mainly on James’ entrance into these lives (and him trying to earn trust) along with the care of his patients. But the writer’s understand the importance of humor, of which there is plenty. We also have a sprinkling of romance here and there. However if you’re looking for Downton Abbey type romance, this isn’t that.
This show has so much whimsy from its opening credits to the characters, and of course, it features lovely country side, too. As viewers, we’re always going to hope we see the characters grow and change and continue to do good, but I have to say, I hope the writer’s understand what a delight this show is. All this to say, I hope come season two, it remains the same.
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Content: there isn’t anything terrible to note unless you don’t like shows that involve animal care. There’s a few scenes of animals having their temperature taken (and the “gory” business of a calve being born); as well as one (off-screen) scene of a horse being shot. (It suffers an incurable condition.) The show is TV-PG/14 depending on the episode.
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