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All Creatures Great and Small: viewers saying same thing about surprise hit show 

Find out what viewers are saying about the new series set in Yorkshire 

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
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All Creatures Great and Small premiered on Channel 5 on Tuesday night, and viewers were full of praise for the new series, which beat BBC One and ITV in ratings. 

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Based on a series of books based on a Yorkshire vet by James Herriot, fans admitted that it was exactly the sort of television they wanted to watch, and was also a nostalgic trip down memory lane for some who watched the original series which ran from 1978 to 1990. 

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One person wrote: "After a busy day on #OurYorkshireFarm the children are now watching #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall & loving it. Television gotta lotta love for James Herriot. The books & later the TV adaptation inspired me & set me off on a journey to become a shepherdess." 

Another fan added: "New series of #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall. As a huge fan from a child of the original series, I cannot believe how well they've done with this, it's brilliant! Accurate to the books, and has laughter and emotion in equal measure. Well done #Channel5."

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Nicholas Ralph plays James in the popular show 

A third person tweeted: "Absolutely loving  #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall on @channel5_tv tonight just bringing back happy memories of my childhood watching it with my parents. This adaptation has been done so well. Loving it so much." 

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Nicholas Ralph, who plays James in the show, opened up about taking on the part, telling South West Farmer: "Even physically we were quite similar. He talks about having a wiry strength from the long walks around the Yorkshire Dales… And I was very sporty as well, just like Alf was. He’s got a lot of passion and commitment to his field and that was like me. Once I found acting, I was completely enveloped in it – and haven’t looked back.

"He has little intricacies; sometimes he can be a little socially awkward… Little quirks that I could identify with. I had fun with them as well." 

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