At a time where the period drama is claiming center stage, with the recent overwhelming success of Shondaland’s Bridgerton and PBS’ previous crowning jewel, Downton Abbey, fans of classic novel adaptations will be thrilled to know that PBS is bringing James Herriot’s novel, All Creatures Great and Small, to life and it’s sure to be breathtaking.
Based on Herriot’s own life, All Creatures Big and Small is set in 1937 and follows the life of a famous veterinary doctor who accepts a new job in small town, rural Yorkshire, “treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye,” according to the publisher’s description.
“While the characters are based on real people,” reported Cheatsheet, “the new adaptation has made a few changes, according to PBS. Specifically, the female characters are more fleshed out and Siegfried gets a more complicated backstory,” (Siegfried being the main character’s boss).
According to Bookbub:
Fans clamored through the years to see the charming story come to life on their televisions. A 1970s adaptation was watched by millions, while a 1975 made-for-television movie featured Anthony Hopkins. Modern fans are rejoicing to hear about the production of a new BBC adaptation of the book. Promising all the charm of the original story, the series will premiere in January 2021 on Masterpiece, with six regular episodes plus a Christmas special — and a second season is already in the works.
The first season of PBS’ adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small premiered Sunday, January 10th.