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Eagle eyes James Herriot viewers discover flaws in the All Creatures Great And Small remake

All Creatures Great And Small’s return to TV screens has captivated millions with its nostalgic rural delights.

But for more eagle-eyed viewers, the Channel 5 version of James Herriot’s Veterinary Adventures in the Yorkshire Dales features some irritating inconsistencies and blunders.

Several have used social media to point out discrepancies, especially when compared to the BBC’s original, which really shouldn’t happen to a vet.

For example, last week’s episode fresh Herriot, played by newcomer Nicholas Ralph, had to put down a racehorse. However, the breed used in filming was a hunter, baffling veteran fans.

Eagle-eyed viewers of All Creatures Great And Small, Channel 5's version of James Herriot's Veterinary Adventures, noted that it has some annoying inconsistencies

Eagle-eyed viewers of All Creatures Great And Small, Channel 5’s version of James Herriot’s Veterinary Adventures, noted that it has some annoying inconsistencies

Fans used social media to point out discrepancies, especially when compared to the BBC original, which shouldn't happen to a vet. In the photo Samuel West playing Siegfried Farnon

Fans used social media to point out discrepancies, especially when compared to the BBC original, which shouldn't happen to a vet. In the photo Samuel West playing Siegfried Farnon

Fans used social media to point out discrepancies, especially when compared to the BBC original, which shouldn’t happen to a vet. In the photo Samuel West playing Siegfried Farnon

The operations building was criticized for being built of stone, not traditional North Yorkshire brick. The blunder came when the remake was filmed further south in the Yorkshire Dales

The operations building was criticized for being built of stone, not traditional North Yorkshire brick. The gaffe came when the remake was filmed further south in the Yorkshire Dales

The operations building was criticized for being built of stone, not traditional North Yorkshire brick. The gaffe came when the remake was filmed further south in the Yorkshire Dales

In the first episode, Herriot left a gate open as he drove his dominant practice owner, Siegfried Farnon, into a farm – a blatant violation of the Countryside Code.

“I expected Siegfried to go ballistic at any moment, but he didn’t seem to care,” said a baffled fan on an online forum.

Several of the show’s five million viewers also noted that the car driven by Siegfried, played by Samuel West, is small compared to the chunky Rover 75 used in the BBC original, which ran from 1978 to 1990.

“How would he fit his dogs and kit in there?” one asked.

Other viewers lament the new show’s lack of barnyard dirt, saying everything looks way too clean, like a pristine tractor parked in the middle of a muddy field, leading to ridicule on the Internet.

Another fan wrote that a vet was “way too clean for someone doing their best in a cow.” In fact, everything looked a bit too clean. ‘

In the first episode, Herriot left a gate open as he drove his dominant practice owner, Siegfried Farnon, into a farm, a blatant violation of the Countryside Code

In the first episode, Herriot left a gate open as he drove his dominant practice owner, Siegfried Farnon, into a farm, a blatant violation of the Countryside Code

In the first episode, Herriot left a gate open as he drove his dominant practice owner, Siegfried Farnon, into a farm – a blatant violation of the Countryside Code

The character of Siegfried's housekeeper, Edna Hall, has also been questioned. She was originally played by Mary Hignett (above), who was 62 when the series started

The character of Siegfried's housekeeper, Edna Hall, has also been questioned. She was originally played by Mary Hignett (above), who was 62 when the series started

The character of Siegfried’s housekeeper, Edna Hall, has also been questioned. She was originally played by Mary Hignett (above), who was 62 when the series started

Channel 5 invited comparisons to the BBC version using the original theme song to end the first episode, but fans were disappointed it was not a fixture

Channel 5 invited comparisons to the BBC version using the original theme song to end the first episode, but fans were disappointed it was not a fixture

Channel 5 invited comparisons to the BBC version using the original theme song to end the first episode, but fans were disappointed it was not a fixture

Several of the show's five million viewers commented that the car driven by Siegfried, played by Samuel West, is small compared to the sturdy Rover 75 used in the BBC original.

Several of the show's five million viewers commented that the car driven by Siegfried, played by Samuel West, is small compared to the sturdy Rover 75 used in the BBC original.

Several of the show’s five million viewers commented that the car driven by Siegfried, played by Samuel West, is small compared to the sturdy Rover 75 used in the BBC original.

The character of Siegfried’s housekeeper, Edna Hall, has also been questioned. Described as tough in Herriot’s books, she was originally played by Mary Hignett, who was 62 when the series began.

But some viewers say she’s now played by Anna Madeley, 44, she’s both too young and ‘looking like a bully’.

The operating building in the new series has drawn criticism for being built of stone, not traditional North Yorkshire brick. The blunder came when the remake was filmed further south in the Dales.

An avid viewer even noted that the surgery phone number had changed from Darrowby 85 in the BBC series to Darrowby 2297 now.

Channel 5 invited comparisons to the BBC version using the original theme song to end the first episode, but fans were disappointed that it was not a fixture.

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