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Merry Gentlemen 

James and Siegfried treat a gypsy family's ailing donkey. It's Christmas-time and Siegfried gets to visit the Hewison farm and a chance to taste Mrs. Hewison's Christmas cake, the best in ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Barry

Writers:

James Herriot (books), Anthony Steven (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher Timothy ... James Herriot
Robert Hardy ... Siegfried Farnon
Peter Davison ... Tristan Farnon
Carol Drinkwater ... Helen
Mary Hignett ... Mrs. Hall
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Pumphrey
Donald Nithsdale Donald Nithsdale ... Mr. Gilling
Michael Holt ... Mr. Myatt
Robert Brown ... Mr. Hewison
Cynthia Etherington Cynthia Etherington ... Mrs. Hewison
Frank Birch ... Mr. Mallock
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Tricki Woo ... Dog
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James and Siegfried treat a gypsy family's ailing donkey. It's Christmas-time and Siegfried gets to visit the Hewison farm and a chance to taste Mrs. Hewison's Christmas cake, the best in the district. Only she has a surprise for him this year. Tristan wonders if uncle Herriot has any plans to visit Mrs. Pumphrey, in the hopes of getting another hamper from Fortnum and Mason's. When Tricki Woo falls ill, James decides that the dog needs to spend a few days at Skeldale House. Siegfried mysteriously keeps the front room locked, only to arrange a surprise for a very nosy Tristan. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama

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Crazy Credits

During the end credits there is a scene where Mrs Pumphrey hangs up a Christmas stocking at the foot of a sleeping Tricki Woo's extensive bed. See more »

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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
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Traditional
[carolers singing]
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Enjoy a Dales Christmas
3 December 2012 | by ifyougnufilmsSee all my reviews

This episode of All Creatures Great and Small has become a must-watch for my family during the holiday season because it gives us a chance to re-experience the taste of a Yorkshire Christmas, spiced with clever dialogue, excellent acting, and neatly interwoven subplots. The stories include those of a gypsy family, a beloved donkey, a near-tragedy for Mrs. Pumphrey and Triki Woo, and a mysterious skeleton in a locked room. The episode also involves a close call with tetanus for Tristan (and the donkey), a test of Siegfried's miraculous cake-judging ability, a sample of his success at gruffly dispensing wisdom to family members and clients, and finally his efforts to arrange for all a "real, old-fashioned, Yorkshire Christmas." In this neatly composed episode look for a surprise nativity tableau in a humble stable and stick around through the credits for a glimpse of Triki's visit from "Santa." All in all, it's a particularly well directed segment(thanks,Christopher Barry)of a superior TV series.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1978 (UK) See more »

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