Happiness is having something to look forward to. That’s especially true on Sunday nights when the temptation is to be sad the weekend is over.
I don’t watch a lot of tv but I’m addicted to All Creatures Great And Small on PBS.
Reviewers call it slow tv. I suppose because there aren’t car chases, explosions and whiplash moments of excitement in every episode.
And I’m good with that.
Instead, it’s realistic stories about likable people in charming prewar England.
This one hour program is based on the stories of James Herriot, the pen name for James Alfred Wight who was a British vet from 1940 until 1992. His writing about the people and animals he served is charming and delightful.
There was a 1978 show also called All Creatures Great And Small. This isn’t a remake or a reboot so much as a fresh telling of the old tales.
The cinematography is beautiful. I like the costumes, the accents, the oddball characters and the animals. The storytelling is top notch. The scenery is gorgeous and makes me want to hop a plane to see the English countryside.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best thing on tv. The show is in its third season but the seasons are a painfully short seven episodes. It’s British made so the new season already aired across the pond and I’m envious of my British friends who have already seen it. Although it is nice having each episode to look forward to.
Do yourself a favor and find a way to watch this show from the beginning. If you’re not addicted after a couple of episodes I’ll be surprised.
Meanwhile, it’s Sunday so don’t be offended if I ignore my phone this evening! My show is on and I’ve been looking forward to it all week.
My mom read all of Herriot’s books back in the 70s. I’ve always meant to.
I have read some but not all. In later years he wrote some children’s books that are beautifully illustrated.
I like that the show doesn’t claim to be true to the books but inspired by them and by the author himself.