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All Creatures Great and Small
Saturday 24th November 2007 8:50 pm

I was in Borders in Washington DC of all places and found the British TV series DVD section and was amazed to discover some of the things that were on DVD. One of which is All Creatures Great and Small, based on the vet books by James Herriot. I finally got round to putting it on my rentals list and watched the first two episodes today.

Robert Hardy I don't think I've seen in anything else, so he looks exactly like I remember. Christopher Timothy I was expecting to look younger but I wasn't expecting him to look that much younger. I had forgotten that at the start he's straight out of university because the books cover such a long period of time. Since Peter Davison did Doctor Who not long after this I expected him to look pretty much the same but even he looks quite a bit younger. I looked at the date at the end of the first episode and it was 1977 (assuming I've got my roman numerals right), which is longer ago than I thought. I think this is one of the things they've repeated a lot.

The trouble with Peter Davison is I see him now and think he's Peter Davison (no matter who he's playing). Back when he was playing the Doctor I saw him as Tristan. So seeing him as Tristan and looking different, my brain dribbled out of my ears in defence.

Once I got over those shocks, and my inability to understand the Yorkshire accents in it (I really don't do Northern accents very well) I enjoyed it. It's very slow in comparison to TV now, but I like it. I can just imagine it being made more exciting to fit in and that would just be wrong because it doesn't need it.

I remembered more of the books than I thought I did too. I thought pretty much the only thing I could remember clearly was Tristan cooking sausage and mash for a week. But as things cropped up I found myself remembering them - although not before a diagnosis.

It's really great, though, I definitely need to watch more.


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