All Creatures Great And Small

'All Creatures Great and Small': How a Long-Running TV Series Endeared Itself to the British Public

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The series earned the unflattering nickname, "All Creatures Grunt and Smell"; the Radio Times called it “a cup-of-cocoa” drama; and The Guardian sniffily commented that “… [it] will always be remembered as the show in which lead characters spent at least part of a series with their hand up the back end of a cow.” 

But from 1977 to 1990, for an adoring British audience, All Creatures Great and Small was the highlight of the week's viewing.