All Creatures Great and Small (2020) s03e05 Episode Script


EDWARD: Dear Mother,
it's been quite some time.
I am training with the Navy
and will be given leave
next month to visit family.
I think it would feel
right for us to meet.
Are you able to come to
Keighley train station?
I can meet you in the waiting room there
on the morning of
Monday the 10th of July.
I hope to hear from you.
You lads.
- Hurry up. Come on, go.
- Sorry.
Go on, it'll suit you.
Is this some kind of joke?
You'll cook and clean
in Mrs Hall's absence.
I hope you were listening
to her this morning.
She left a list of
things to do by the phone.
I thought we were divvying up
the jobs. That is the fair way.
Don't panic. I'm not expecting
you to have this place tiptop
by any means.
Just try to complete the tasks
as satisfactorily as you can.
- Who's that?
- Hello.
- Hello.
And what was so terribly
wrong with the front door?
I do apologise, sir.
I'm Andrew Simmonds.
Siegfried Farnon. Don't ask.
Oh, good God.
What is it?
We promised his headmaster
a day's work experience.
- If it's too much trouble, I'll
No, no, it's quite all right. My
brother Tristan will happily
Make you a cup of tea before you
get cracking with your mentor here.
Just try to complete the tasks
as satisfactorily as you can.
Excuse me, Andrew.
Milk and sugar?
- Yes, please.
- Yes.
Sorry, big brother.
I changed me mind.
That's lovely, thank you.
Changed your mind?
Yes please. Thank you.
Did you miss your train?
Er, no, no. I'm I'm
I'm waiting for someone.
No. No, that's not why I'm here.
Um are the trains late?
I'm sure they're on their way.
Yes, I hope you're right.
Mm, please, yes.
Is that for them?
What's their name?
It's, erm Edward.
Edward. That's right, yeah. He's, er
He's my son.
Er, my My son? But big.
Son? Oh, right.
Yeah, my son.
Thank you.
Thank you.
- There you are, Andrew.
- Thank you. Right, tour. Follow me.
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Patients are brought here
from the waiting area.
This is where healings
of all kinds unfold
under the watchful eye of my good self.
I'll show you the office. HE HUMS
This is where we handle
correspondences, invoices, receipts,
and I come face-to-face with
the very bane of my existence -
stingy clients.
His name's Volonel.
He's beautiful.
You can hold him if you like.
Can I?
Let's get him out.
There we are.
Sh, sh, sh.
Do you know that rats can't sweat?
Y-Yes. Don't they use their tail
to regulate their temperature?
They do,
by expanding and contracting
the blood vessels. Clever things.
Hello, Volonel.
I could get used to living up here.
It's a shame Dad's back
from his brother's tomorrow.
Don't you dare. Don't you dare?
No, d-don't throw those
mushrooms. Stop it! Stop it.
Ow! There'll be none left.
Will you pair stop mucking
about? Where've you been?
- James, stop mucking about.
- Come inside for breakfast,
otherwise it's going to get cold.
- This is brilliant.
- It's nothing really.
It's delicious.
And this is nice.
Could have this on the bed.
- You not eating?
- Oh, I've already had mine.
You can fry them mushrooms
we picked for Dad tomorrow.
Mushrooms I picked, I think you mean.
Oi, I picked at least half of 'em
Are you fibbing again, Helen?
Shouldn't you be
getting ready for school?
Cutting it a bit fine, aren't you?
- I'm not going.
- Why?
I left.
- I've left school.
- What do you mean, you've left?
Well, I'm allowed now, now I'm
14. I want to work on the farm.
Well, you never talked
to me about any of this.
I'm telling you now, aren't I?
- Does Dad know?
- Yeah.
And he doesn't mind?
Right. I've got to sort out the sheep.
See you later.
Do you do all these by yourself?
Dad trusts me with them.
They look great, Jenny.
I wish we'd spoken about school.
It feels like a big decision.
What is it?
It's nothing, Jenny. Don't worry.
Is that foot rot?
Oh, no.
It's all right. We'll get James
to have a look when he gets back.
I don't see how I could've missed it.
It's easy to miss and
you're still learning.
Thank you for the tea.
It was nice to meet you.
You too.
- Cheerio.
Sorry for making you wait this long.
It's quite all right.
I really am sorry, honestly.
Don't be silly. I've
not been here that long.
- Er, did you
- How are you
- You go.
- No, you.
Ma, please.
I were just gonna ask
how your journey were.
Not bad. Yours?
Didn't feel as long as anticipated.
I were dreading it, to be honest.
Not this. The journey.
I'm talking too much.
No, it's all right.
Let's find somewhere to sit, shall we?
I-Is it nice there, Darrow?
Er, D-Darrowby.
Little paradise on Earth.
You're always welcome.
I HAVE invited y
Never mind.
- Haven't had the time.
- Of course, I know.
we're here now, aren't we?
Oh. It's full.
Go to the left luggage.
It's quiet there.
Oh. Up there?
Thank you.
What about here?
It'll do.
What time do you have to leave?
In a while.
Both medicines look identical
but they perform very
different functions.
It's important they're kept separately -
a fact that my brother
conveniently ignores.
Do sit down.
I am concerned about Mrs H's future.
I think I've firmly put her job at risk.
We ll?
It's rather different from what
I was expecting, I must confess.
"Different" meaning ?
Ah, we got there in the end.
Oh, yes, you want some
more. Feel free, please.
Would you like some?
- No, thank you. Brought me packed lunch.
- Ah.
That looks delicious. What is it?
- Egg mayonnaise.
- Oh. My favourite.
- Mine too.
- Your mum must be a very good cook.
I made 'em myself, but she is that.
I'd be lying if I said otherwise.
Did you really make them
yourself? How very impressive.
Thank you, sir. That's
kind of you to say.
So the badge, do you like giraffes?
More than rats?
- Giraffes are me favourite, sir. Rats are a close second.
- Is that so?
Did you know that giraffes spend
most of their lives standing up?
Yes. Even when they're
asleep and giving birth.
Precisely so. Well, good
choice. Good choice, indeed.
What's your favourite, sir?
Oh, clear.
I think it would be
remiss of me to choose.
Sorry to disturb you, Jess.
Over here. Hurry yourself, will you?
It's our Benjamin. We were
working in the field, and
And he were kicked by a cow.
OK, let's get him inside.
- Careful.
Have you got him?
Put it in there. Don't
worry, I'll take care of it.
It may be instructive
for our budding vet here.
I'd quite like to take a
look at Benjamin myself.
- Haven't you got washing up to do?
- That can wait.
Stop your faffin', will you? I'm sorry.
I don't mean to be rude.
He means an awful lot
to me, you see, and I
- I can't see him like this a second longer.
- Of course.
In there.
That's it, that's it.
Thank you.
Come through, Mr Sunningwell,
Door and blind please, Andrew.
It's all right. That's it. There we are.
How do you do it, Mrs H?
You must be ravenous. Here, have these.
I had a sandwich before I left.
A sandwich don't fill you up.
It did me.
I've got no appetite left.
Well there's always
room for something sweet.
That's what you used to say remember?
Look inside.
Go on, open it up.
You shouldn't have
gone to so much trouble.
You used to like 'em.
I still do
Well, you can take 'em with
you for the trip, if you like.
Y-You don't need to eat them now.
Me bag's full to t'brim.
They look just how they used to.
you didn't see all the burnt
bits and the misshapen offcuts.
Dad always liked 'em burnt, didn't he?
Oh, my word. He used
to ask me to burn them.
It broke my heart, it did, every time.
How is your dad?
Don't know.
You don't?
Don't speak to him any more.
Why's that?
Why all the questions?
I can't stand the fool.
You can't speak about
him like that, Edward.
You were close to your dad.
That was before I saw
him for who he really was.
Is he still drinking?
Course he is. He's always drinking.
And how about you?
Not any more.
Your dad is a victim of his
circumstances, like many people are.
That's no excuse for the way
he treated you, though, is it?
I don't hate him, Edward.
You don't?
He were a good man before the war.
And a damaged one after.
Does it damage everyone, war?
Not everyone.
- You were OK.
- Yeah.
Yeah. Suppose I were
You look like there's
something you want to say.
It's nothing, sir.
Well, I were just thinking to myself,
is the injury internal or external?
''Cos I can't see
any marked wound on him.
Indeed. You're bang on.
Almost impossible to identify.
He was injured all
right, kicked by a cow.
I should've kept my eye on him.
Do you know exactly where he was kicked?
Knocked down before I
could see t'poor lad.
Can't you help him?
He may be concussed.
We'll have to go carefully if we
give him any general anaesthetic.
There's a small chance
he may not return.
He's all I've got.
It's just me and him.
It'll be all right, sir.
Mr Farnon here will make
little Benjamin better.
Easy, Nelly.
How is she?
She's not doing so well right
now. But things might change.
Is it bad?
The infection is
spreading across her hoof.
So what happens now?
Well, she has a temperature,
and she's not eating.
So, I've given her an
injection of Prontosil
We'll have to wait and see.
And if it gets worse?
Well, sometimes they can
deteriorate quite quickly.
And in those cases,
we would have to remove
the necrotic part of the hoof
in order to stop the
infection from spreading.
So, if it does spread? Then what?
The best thing would
be to put Nelly down.
You said war damaged Dad.
In some ways, yes.
What if it damages me?
It won't.
It won't even touch you,
Edward, 'cos it won't happen.
This seemed the right thing to do,
us meeting just in case.
There will be another time.
Many more.
How's your training?
Do they treat you well?
They do.
It, er
takes time to make
good friends, though.
It always does.
But, er
no-one really knows
when I started, so
I could pretend to be someone good,
which is nice, I suppose.
You ARE someone good.
Look at me.
Edward Hall
I've always seen the good in you.
Then why did you give me to t'police?
Did you see the good in me then?
I always have.
I did that for your own good.
For my own good?
I know it didn't seem
like it at the time,
- or now even.
- Borstal ruined me.
I know it were hard.
It took away all the good I had left.
All the good you saw in
me then, it's all gone.
No, it in't. You're
stronger than you think.
No, it has.
And you did that to me.
Hey, hey.
What's wrong? Eh?
She's waiting for our
housekeeper to return.
She's like a mother to that one.
Is that right?
Don't worry.
Mother will be back for you in time.
All right?
Would you like something
to drink, Mr Sunningwell?
Aye, that'd be nice.
I promised her I'd
take good care of him.
- Who?
- Me mum.
He's the only living,
breathing thing I've got left
connecting me to her.
I've let her down.
You haven't let her
down, Mr Sunningwell.
You sound so sure.
No, I think she'd be proud of what
you've clone for little Benjamin.
He's in good hands,
and he'll be back by
your side in no time.
How do you take it? Your tea?
Milk. No sugar.
That were her doing.
Won't be a minute.
Thank you, son.
Andrew, look at his hip.
Do you see? It juts out slightly.
It's dislocated.
Don't worry, old chap. We'll
have you chasing cows in no time.
I don't think he'll be in any
hurry to do that, Mr Farnon.
We've just used a very small amount,
just enough to relax his muscles.
All right.
That's it.
That's it, good boy.
You have a little kip.
That's it.
Go on.
That's it.
we have to clip
that back into place.
I'm going to need your assistance.
Ready, sir.
Have you ever played tug-of-war?
Then you'll know what to do.
Take hold of the end of
that towel, nice and tight.
That's it. Nice and firm.
Are you sure about this,
sir? Don't want to harm him.
You'll be fine. I'm with you.
I'm going to count back
from three. You ready?
- Ready.
- Then take the strain.
- One.
That's it.
There we are.
Congratulations, young man.
You've just treated your first patient.
How do you feel?
Ecstatic, sir. Absolutely ecstatic.
Perhaps you'd like to tell
Mr Sunningwell the good news.
- The other one.
- Oh, yes.
Mr Sunningwell, he had a dislocated leg
but we've popped it back into place now.
- He's all well, he's better.
Thank you very much, Mr Farnon,
- for taking such good care of my boy.
- Really no need.
You should be proud of your
lad. You've got a good 'un there.
Keep him close.
Not all of us are so lucky.
Are you happy to see your son?
Oh. Yes, my son.
Thank you.
I couldn't lie for you.
I never wanted you to lie for me.
Well, then, what did you want?
Mr Granville trusted me
with his house, his things.
I bet you wish you never
let me into his house.
No. You were always
welcome, wherever I worked.
You always are.
You've always cared so much
about the people you work for.
- Edward!
- They meant more to you than we ever did.
That's not true.
You were humiliated by me.
Is that how you felt?
It's the truth.
It couldn't be further from the truth.
I love you more than
anything in this world, Edward.
You need to know how
much you mean to me.
From the moment you were born
to this moment right now
that's never ceased one bit.
Potato. Yes, right.
- You do like potato, don't you?
- Yes.
Yes, far more than egg
mayonnaise, that's for certain.
That's a pity. These are splendid.
I don't doubt it.
Would you like to taste some?
No, thank you.
Me mam likes to cook potatoes.
A versatile vegetable, she calls 'em.
Your mum sounds like a wise woman.
Aye, she is.
So, do you have any
brothers or sisters, Andrew?
No, it's just me.
You can't possibly imagine
how fortunate you are.
I'm not sure about that.
It'd be nice to have someone around.
A younger brother to reprimand?
Or an older one to show me t'way.
You don't need that.
You're an intelligent young
man, wise beyond your years.
Oh, good God, not again.
Can't you cook anything else?
I'm happy to relinquish my
duties if you'd like to take over.
- I'll go and see Florence.
- No.
No, I thought not.
Andrew here was absolutely
professional earlier
compassionate, sensitive, caring
You know, that approach to
vetting isn't unique, actually.
I beg to differ.
Well perhaps you're not as
attentive as you always claim.
- What's that?
That'll be me dad.
Oh. Are you off already?
One day, Andrew
you're going to be a credit
to our profession. Mark my words.
Thank you, sir. That's
kind of you to say.
Well goodbye.
Goodbye, Andrew.
OUTSIDE: Now then, lad.
- Have you had a good day?
- Dad, it were brilliant.
- A sheepdog called Benjamin came in
- Aye?
and Mr Farnon asked me
to go and help treat him
Here. How is she?
I'm afraid she's deteriorating rapidly.
Her temperature's increased.
Thanks, James.
What do you think we should do?
Why are you asking me?
'Cos I want to know what you think.
Well, James said that removing
a small part of the hoof
is the best chance we
have of saving Nelly.
I think that's what we should do.
But I don't I don't know.
I-it's hard.
Aye. Always is.
But I think you're right.
I think that's what we should do,
and James'll give her
something to numb the pain.
It'll be here in a minute.
You can't get the next one?
I haven't a choice in it, it's the Navy.
Not a day's gone by where I've
not felt guilty for what I did.
The past can't be changed.
No, you're right. It can't be.
But I've felt far more guilty
that you got in that
position in the first place.
I don't understand.
I wondered where I'd gone
wrong, what I did to you.
I committed the crime. Not you.
I'm your mother. It were
my job look after you.
- It IS my job.
- Stay a moment longer.
- I've got to go.
Edward let me walk with you.
- You don't need to.
- I'd LIKE to.
I panicked that day.
I didn't do it to punish you. I didn't.
I thought it would fix the
mistakes I had made, somehow.
I'm sorry, Edward, I'm so sorry.
I never stopped loving you.
- Bye.
- Bye.
Take good care of yourself, will you?
I I'll make room for the tin.
What did you say? Edward?
I can't hear you. Say
it again. What is it?
- Edward?
"I love you, Ma."
Wh ?
He said, "I love you, Ma."
That's it.
- Easy.
You're all right.
I'm sorry.
What for?
Making you feel like
you weren't good enough.
It's all right. You didn't
make me feel that way.
It's so big, this world.
So much bigger than Darrowby,
though we often forget it.
I know.
And I don't wanna be anywhere else.
You can do anything you want, Jenny.
Be anything. And if
that's being a farmer,
then so be it.
You're not just saying that?
The truth is you've
always been a farmer,
a truly excellent one.
- No, I haven't.
- Yes, you have.
Well, if I've been any good at
anything, it's all been down to you.
It went well.
Thank you, James.
Thank you.
- You all right?
- No, of course I'm not.
- Come here.
Come here.
- Ow!
- Oh, sh.
I hope this isn't how
you treat the animals.
What on Earth were you thinking?
Rustling something up for Mrs H.
Mashed potato, I presume?
Shepherd's pie, actually
Very enterprising.
Come on, that's it.
Thumb over. Thumb down.
There we are.
- I used to be just like him, you know.
- Who?
When I was his age, I used to
look up to you the way he did.
I was just as shy.
Timid but curious.
And eager to learn everything from you.
But I think you always
resented me a little.
I mean, w-why wouldn't you?
You were lumbered with a kid.
- And you had no choice but to take me in.
- Pish.
Is that untrue?
What's untrue is that
I didn't care about you.
All right, I wasn't quite
ready back then, for parenthood.
I didn't need a parent.
I never needed a parent.
I didn't mean you, Tristan.
Before you came -
years before, early in our marriage -
I told Evelyn that I
wasn't ready for children.
What kind of father would
I be? The notion was absurd.
She didn't understand.
She saw something in me I
I didn't see.
Then you came.
And you needed our time.
Then she got ill.
Just when I was ready,
she got ill,
she died,
and, hm.
There we are.
You never told me.
There's not much to tell.
I probably would've
clone things differently.
If I'd had another chance.
A part of me wishes I had.
With you.
MRS HALL: Is it the biscuits
you're after? Come on. Jess, in.
Come on. Hello?
Hello. Come on, then. There you go.
Oh, my. What happened here?
I was, er, trying to make you
a surprise shepherd's pie supper, Mrs H.
The oven fought back.
Oh, Tris.
That's very kind of you.
Now, I've a tincture for that.
No, look, I'll be fine.
You've just got back -
you must be gasping for a brew.
Why don't you go sit in the living room
- and I'll bring one through for you?
- What about your hand?
I'll survive. Go on. Both of you.
- Come on, you.
Come on, Jess.
Here we are.
- Oh, thank you, love.
- Oh!
Mrs Hall's shortbread. Thank you.
So, how's your Florence?
I haven't seen her, been
rushed off my feet all day.
- Jess.
- Well, you've passed the baton back to me now,
so go on, go and see her.
By the way,
the place looks spotless. Well clone.
Indeed it does.
No jibes from you?
No. Credit where credit's clue.
Tristan steadied the ship marvellously.
Good to hear.
I wish the past would invite me
back to rectify a thing or two.
Whatever it is, Mr Farnon,
you're forgiven.
Did he turn up?
How was it?
I don't know how to explain it, really.
It were all too brief,
over before I knew it.
And yet
the very ground beneath
me feels like it's shifted.
I feel
He's finally realised how much you care?
Oh, I don't know.
I hope so.
I don't think any of us know
quite how to express our
gratitude to you, Mrs Hall.
Believe me.
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