Where to stream: PBS masterpiece
Do you like animals and cozy chalets? Then the recent adaptation of James Alfred Wight’s “All Creatures Great and Small” might be for you. The audience follows the adventures of veterinarian James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph), a young graduate who finds himself taking up a post in the Yorkshire Dales. Work? Working as an assistant to local animal specialist Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), a grumpy employer who has gone through many applicants before James. Along the way, James meets Siegfried’s brother, the spiteful Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), and a possible love interest for Helen (Rachel Shenton).
Despite its notable differences from the original books and the 1978 TV series, this version of “All Creatures Great and Small” has a lot of magical qualities that many “Downton Abbey” fans will instantly fall in love with. For example, a few episodes are helmed by longtime “Downton” director Brian Percival, who does a great job of setting the mood for the show. Plus, there are silly dilemmas, intriguing love triangles and, of course, one of the final performances from the iconic Diana Rigg, who plays a wealthy woman with as much sass as the Dowager (Maggie Smith) herself- same. This show has all the ingredients to be a new favorite for “Downton” fans – plus other cute animals!