The BEST Episodes of All Creatures Great and Small

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2019

Network: BBC One

In the mid-1930s James Herriot, who recently graduated from the veterinary college in Glasgow, finds work in the rustic Yorkshire Dales of Northern England. This heartwarming drama chronicles his encounters with the locals and the animals they depend on. Based on the semi-autobiographical novels of James Alfred Wight, OBE, who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot.

Choose a Bright Morning

#1 - Choose a Bright Morning

Season 5 - Episode 3

James receives a cry for help from the isolated Bramley family who last came to town in 1929.

star 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers:
The New World

#2 - The New World

Season 6 - Episode 7

When Lady Hulton's cat falls ill, Siegfried embarks, with typical zeal, on updating the practice to cater for such refined clients. Lady Hulton, however, catches him out at every turn. James' problems lie with an affable but lazy farmer, Vernon Harker, whose plans to save himself from work even extend to marrying a tower of strength with a grown son to match.

star 8.44
9 votes
Writers:
In Whom We Trust

#3 - In Whom We Trust

Season 6 - Episode 10

An old friend of James and Siegfried, an itinerant raveler called Roddy Travers, arrives in Darrowby. He appears to be stealing instruments from the practice but Siegfried and James are relieved to discover that Roddy's recently acquired lurcher dog, Murphy, is the culprit. However, the situation turns serious when an elderly local farmer accuses Murphy of sheep killing.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Tony Virgo
Writers:
Cheques and Balances

#4 - Cheques and Balances

Season 5 - Episode 9

Siegfried is determined to make the errant farmers pay their bills.

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Tony Virgo
Writers:
Against the Odds

#5 - Against the Odds

Season 5 - Episode 1

James Herriot finds himself skiing through snowy dales to save a litter of dying piglets. Helen is confined to bed having a slipped a disc and Tristan is hoping that Siegfried will give him a job as he has resigned from the Ministry of Agriculture.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers:
Plenty to Grouse About

#6 - Plenty to Grouse About

Season 3 - Episode 1

James is busy with tuberculin testing but is summoned to the Ministry of Agriculture when the test results don't quite add up. Siegfried has to deal with a dog owner who only believes in strict discipline in dealing with his dog. He also has to deal with dying sheep, but the owners may not have the means to save them. Helen gets a job as a secretary, but James isn't quite sure he approves. Siegfried, on the other hand, thinks it's a wonderful idea. Tristan is less than enthused however when he realizes he will have to take over Helen's duties in the partnership. Mrs.Hall tells Siegfried that she has to leave to help her brother, who is now alone to work his farm.

star 8.25
16 votes
Writers: James Herriot (stories), Terence Dudley (adaptation)
Ace, King, Queen, Jack

#7 - Ace, King, Queen, Jack

Season 4 - Episode 7

The week leading up to the Darrowby Show proves to be a difficult one for James. He finds that he has been asked to judge the dog section at the show, an invitation he can't refuse. Since Mrs. Pumphrey will inevitably want to enter Tricky Woo, James expects to be put in a very embarrassing situation.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Roderick Graham
Writers: James Herriot (stories), Terry Hodgkinson (adaption)
Merry Gentlemen

#8 - Merry Gentlemen

Season 2 - Episode 14

Christmas at Skeldale House can be a formidable undertaking, what with sick foals, overfed dogs and a skeleton guarding Siegfried's secret hoard of goodies.

star 8.22
18 votes
Writers: Anthony Steven
Big Steps and Little 'Uns

#9 - Big Steps and Little 'Uns

Season 3 - Episode 14

England is at war and the time has come for James and Siegfried to join their military units. Their last day at the practice is a busy one and James is repeatedly called out when he had hopes to spend a last, quiet evening at home with Helen. Siegfried surprises James with a small gift. Mrs. Hall also has a surprise announcement for everyone and Tristan receives shocking news from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

star 8.20
15 votes
Directors: Terence Dudley
Writers: James Herriot (stories), Terence Dudley (adaptation)
A New Chapter

#10 - A New Chapter

Season 5 - Episode 6

The Herriots prepare to move to Rowangarth and another emergency with Granville Bennett.

star 8.20
10 votes
Directors: Jeremy Summers
Writers:
Cats and Dogs

#11 - Cats and Dogs

Season 2 - Episode 1

The waiting room is packed at the Darrowby practice, but Siegfried seems more focused on catching his hard-drinking brother asleep on the job.

star 8.19
26 votes
Directors: Peter Moffatt
Writers: Brian Finch
Fair Means and Fowl

#12 - Fair Means and Fowl

Season 2 - Episode 3

Nerves are frayed as Tristan's encounter with an "exploding" bullock leads to a lawsuit, and Siegfried's venture in guinea raising runs foul. Meanwhile, James is sent to assist "on of the biggest boozers in the business."

star 8.19
21 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers: Anthony Steven
Barks and Bites

#13 - Barks and Bites

Season 4 - Episode 2

Tristan has been appointed a fertility counselor for the Ministry of Agriculture. He and James are sent to Grimbsby to examine an export consignment Russian vets. The Russian woman vet lives up to Tristan's belief that all Russian women are built like discus-throwers.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Peter Moffatt
Writers: James Herriot (stories), Alfred Shaughnessy (written by)
When Dreams Come True

#14 - When Dreams Come True

Season 5 - Episode 5

Helen is finally up and about - only to face the morning after the chaos of Tristan's party the night before.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Jeremy Summers
Writers:
The Healing Touch

#15 - The Healing Touch

Season 4 - Episode 8

Trying to save the life of a badly injured, much-loved cat, James and Tristan seek the help of Granville Bennett, who runs a small animal hospital. The fruits of Bennett's practice are clearly much richer than the hard graft of the Dales, and James is intrigued to find that Bennett is looking for a partner.

star 8.17
12 votes
Directors: Roderick Graham
Writers: James Herriot (stories), Johnny Byrne (adaptation)
The Prodigal Returns

#16 - The Prodigal Returns

Season 7 - Episode 1

Life at the Yorkshire veterinary practice continues to challenge the partners, whether by neglected animals or tight-fisted farmers. There are domestic challenges for Tristan, however, when James and Helen play a practical joke with a "Welcome Home" card from an old female admirer. Life is never simple when true love or the demon drink rule Tristan's life, and he is soon in trouble with Siegfried. A new housekeeper, Mrs. Alton, has been recruited by Siegfried to keep a watchful eye on Tristan, who, dispatched to tie up the details of her employment, is delighted to discover that Mrs. Alton is a rather attractive young widow. But this is not the Mrs. Alton that Siegfried had in mind.

star 8.15
13 votes
Writers:
Every Dog Has His Day

#17 - Every Dog Has His Day

Season 3 - Episode 3

Mr. Biggins tells James about his cowhand, Ned Finch, who goes drinking every night and is drawn to the bright lights of the big city. All James ever sees is an amiable fellow having a quiet drink in his local pub. Mrs. Hall is all aflutter with the visit of Mr. Barge, the loquacious pharmaceutical representative. Mrs.Pumphrey is worried when her new boxer, Cedric, proves to be overly flatulent. James finds a perfect solution. Mr. Beresford's dog is still misbehaving in the car. Siegfried suggest a new sedative, but it unfortunately doesn't have the desired impact.

star 8.15
20 votes
Directors: Michael Hayes
Writers: James Herriot (stories), Brian Finch (adaptation)
The Jackpot

#18 - The Jackpot

Season 5 - Episode 11

James wears his shorts to a visit and is challenged to a race, while Jock, a once champion sheepdog, and delights in chasing cars from the farm.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Tony Virgo
Writers:
The Beauty of the Beast

#19 - The Beauty of the Beast

Season 2 - Episode 4

As the tractor threatens to do away with a way of life in the Dales, James battles to save a dying shire horse.

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: Peter Moffatt
Writers: Johnny Byrne
The Playing Field

#20 - The Playing Field

Season 5 - Episode 4

A typical Yorkshire farmer is transformed into a cowboy; with Siegfried in London, Tristan is left with the worst patients.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers:
Golden Lads and Girls

#21 - Golden Lads and Girls

Season 1 - Episode 7

James' temper is fraying fast -- what with two car accidents in the space of a week, an inauspicious meeting with Helen's family and his rival still lurking around Helen like a "big glossy spider".

star 8.12
25 votes
Directors: Terence Dudley
Writers: Brian Finch
The Call of the Wild

#22 - The Call of the Wild

Season 6 - Episode 3

Deidre and Calum are busy planning their wedding. Deidre discusses her future with Helen, who hopes the couple will stay in Darrowby. However, Calum gets offered a job in Nova Scotia. Siegfried, believing he has forced Calum into applying for the job, hopes he can now persuade him to reconsider.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Bob Blagden
Writers:
The Name of the Game

#23 - The Name of the Game

Season 2 - Episode 9

James becomes suspicious when the Farnon brothers -- usually keen cricketers -- "volunteer" him in their stead for the annual cricket match between Darrowby and Rainby.

star 8.06
18 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers: Brian Finch
Advice and Consent

#24 - Advice and Consent

Season 1 - Episode 8

The fortunes of the hard-working Dalby family look set to dwindle even further until almost by accident James discovers the cause of their herd's illness. However, James still needs a push start on other fronts, and Siegfried and Tristan decide to remedy matters with their own expert advice.

star 8.04
26 votes
Directors: Peter Moffatt
Writers: Brian Finch
The Last Furlong

#25 - The Last Furlong

Season 1 - Episode 9

The sport of kings beckons James and Siegfried to the Broughton Races -- James in search of a dead cert to raise forty pounds for a Mediterranean honeymoon, and Siegfried in pursuit of a dream job at the track.

star 8.00
28 votes
Writers: Anthony Steven