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The World of All Creatures Great and Small by James Steen - Review

Monday, February 21, 2022


I got this book for Christmas after I asked my mum to buy it for me. I have to admit, I have never seen the original All Creatures Great & Small and probably wouldn't have cared about this remake were it not for the fact that we happened to be on a short break in Grassington when they were filming it! You can see some photos here on my other blog. So I was intrigued by the new series and made sure to watch it when it started in 2020. And I fell totally in love with it! All five main characters are so good and the actors playing them are just brilliant too. I like Samuel West anyway so it's been nice to see him on my screen regularly. Plus knowing where it was filmed it ace - I scrutinise the screen whenever they're outside!

So I was intrigued to read this companion book. It's not very long, and it has a foreword from Jim Wight, son of the real James Herriott, Alf Wight. The new series was done very much with the blessing of Jim and his sister Rosie, which is good. They added bits of information to the writers and actors and loved the end result apparently.

There's extracts from the main actors about their characters and stuff from the animal handlers about how the animals had to "act" and stuff (some of it was special effects!). There's stuff about the costumes and the sets, which I found most interesting. I really thought it was a cute book and if you liked either the original BBC series or this remake then I would recommend it! 

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