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Anyone else remember sitting down with a cuppa to watch All Creatures Great and Small? The enduring BBC series about a veterinarian practice in Yorkshire was much loved here in Australia.

But now there’s talk about a big budget remake of the charming series. Think Downton Abbey with more animals. The new series would include the same characters from the late 70s.

Hugh Laurie (pictured below) will play the grumpy boss of James Herriot, Siegfried Farnon (originally played by Robert Hardy).

And Dominic West from The Wire is likely to play the leading role of James.

Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker, star of Sex in the City has apparently been chosen to play Helen Herriot, who was mostly played by Lynda Bellingham in the original series 90 episodes.

The new All Creatures will be produced by US company HBO, which has created blockbusters like Game of Thrones and is going to be “sexier and glossier”,  according to the Daily Mail.

From what we remember, delivering breach foals and tending to sick pigs was neither glossy nor sexy, so it will be interesting to see how they manage this!

The original series kicked off in 1930s rural Yorkshire and was based on the books by real-life vet Alf Wight. It ran from 1978 to 1990 and ended with a Christmas special, set in 1953.

What do you think? Can an American production company recreate the charming series we knew and loved? And what are your thoughts on the leading actors? Will you be watching?

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  1. Can we not leave some things alone? My heritage is Yorkshire and my mother would be turning in her grave if she knew this?? Mind would like to hear their version of a Yorkshire accent LOL

  2. Loved this program. Quite like Hugh Laurie as Seigfreid – not so sure about the other two main characters. As long as they get the accents right!

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    • I’m betting that it won’t be set in Yorkshire, but somewhere in the US. and the only part of it that will remain the same will be the introductory episode, it’s title and the characters’names, after that, it’ll be hardly the same, even the story lines will be changed.

  3. Casting sounds ok except for SJP. Last time it was done on the big screen it was a bit of a flop. Give me the tv series any time.

  4. Please NO, not an American remake of Yorkshire life. Can you imagine SJP in wellies tramping around a freezing farm!

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