“James made friends with the animals at once. Some of the people took a little longer.”
All Creatures Great and Small is a British film, directed by Claude Whatham and starring Simon Ward and Anthony Hopkins as the Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon. It is based on James Herriot’s first two novels, If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet (1972), and was given the same title as the 1972 US compilation volume of these two novels. A sequel, somewhat confusingly titled It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet although it actually covers the two following novels, Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness, was released in 1976.
It is 1937, and newly qualified veterinarian James Herriot travels to Yorkshire to apply
for the post of assistant in Siegfried Farnon’s practice. He soon learns the facts of country life but struggles to overcome the prejudices of the Darrowby locals who are sceptical of the novice vet’s ability. In between “cases,” Herriot courts pretty farmer’s daughter Helen Alderson and finally marries her. [Wikipedia]