Even Masterpiece can't resist the allure of a revival. Last summer, the popular PBS program announced that it will be bringing the much-beloved animal-centric All Creatures Great and Small back to television for a six-episode miniseries. Here's what we know so far.
Based on the books of Alf Wight, All Creatures follows veterinary surgeon James Herriot as he treats animals in the English countryside in the 1930s.
Wight's stories have seen several adaptions over the years—including a 1975 film starring Anthony Hopkins—but they were first brought to television in the late 1970s. The original series, which starred Christopher Timothy as Herriot and was broadcast in both the U.K. and the U.S., ran for 90 episodes.
"When it originally aired on public broadcasting, All Creatures Great and Small captured the hearts of millions of television viewers," Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said in a statement in June of 2019.
"We promise that the new series will have all the wit, warmth, and quirky charm of the original -- and of course, lots of irresistible animals."
It will arrive on PBS in January 2021.
Masterpiece is co-producing the new adaptation with the production company Playground.
"Revisiting James Herriot’s beloved stories is an immense privilege and we are honoured that Alf Wight’s family have entrusted us with his legacy. It is a responsibility we take very seriously," executive producer and CEO of Playground Colin Callender said of the project.
"At a time when the country feels more divided than ever, Herriot’s glorious books remind us how to connect and belong again. The series will embrace the fun and the nostalgia of revisiting the England of the past, while celebrating Herriot’s values that, despite all our current upheaval, still underpin British life today."
Here's your first look at the series.
In January 2019, Masterpiece shared the first few photos from set.
Here’s your first look at the brand-new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small starring Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot, along with Samuel West, Callum Woodhouse, Anna Madeley and Rachel Shenton - coming to MASTERPIECE! pic.twitter.com/xzWtNVK5fp— MASTERPIECE | PBS (@masterpiecepbs) January 24, 2020
And up top is the first trailer, which shows Herriot as something of a fish out of water in the English countryside.
Wight, whose books have sold 60 million copies internationally since their publication, passed away in 1995.
But his children, Jim Wight and Rosie Page, are excited to see their father's stories return to the screen. "The books of James Herriot have enchanted millions of readers worldwide for almost half a century," they said in a statement.
"We are delighted that our father’s work will be brought to life once again for a new generation of viewers Great and Small."
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