There's a new series coming to PBS that will transport you to England's Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. It's All Creatures Great and Small, the new Masterpiece on PBS television adaptation of James Herriot's much-loved books. Herriot, a veterinary surgeon and writer, practiced veterinary medicine in England for nearly 50 years and wrote a series of eight books about his experiences, beginning with If Only They Could Talk in 1970.
The series will premiere on Masterpiece on PBS on Sunday, January 10, 2021, and will air on subsequent Sundays through February 21. You can see the official trailer for the series, which offers up plenty of laughs and beautiful scenery, below.
According to PBS, "Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life. Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge, On Chesil Beach) plays Siegfried Farnon, the wonderfully eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House, who reluctantly hires the recently qualified Herriot into his rural practice."
The series also stars Anna Madeley (The Child in Time, Patrick Melrose), Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells in Corfu), Rachel Shenton (Switched at Birth, White Gold), Diana Rigg (Victoria, Game of Thrones), and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street).
All Creatures Great and Small was published in the United States in 1972 and included the books published in the U.K. as If Only They Could Talk, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, and three chapters from Let Sleeping Vets Lie. The new series, which has already been renewed for a second season, promises to be a new must-see show from Masterpiece on PBS.
For more information on the series and to watch behind-the-scenes featurettes, go to pbs.org.
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Will you tune into All Creatures Great and Small when it premieres this month? Have you read the books upon which the new series is based?