All Creatures Great and Small (1975) - the film, not the 1978 TV series

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When I was updating a few trivia entries for https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071118/reference (the cinema film, which predates the Christopher Timothy / Robert Hardy TV series of 1978) I noticed that it is listed as "All Creatures Great and Small (1975) (TV)" - certainly on the Update page.

I want to check whether the "(TV)" suffix in the title should be removed. To the best of my knowledge it was made for showing in cinemas, and was not made in association with or funded by any TV company. But I thought I'd check in case anyone knows differently.
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Martin: The earliest release date shown by IMDb for the 1975 version of All Creatures Great and Small is February 4, 1975, in the USA. I have confirmed that the film was indeed shown on television in the USA on that date; see https://www.nytimes.com/1975/02/04/archives/tv-dialers-quandary-abc-pits-death-be-not-proud-against-... for confirmation.

So unless an earlier release date for the film being shown in a theater can be identified, I think IMDb would normally classify this title as a TV movie. In fact, there's no indication on IMDb that this film was shown in a theater until more than a year after the television broadcast in the USA (the first theatrical release listed is 22 July 1976 in Hungary). IMDb has some flexibility in classifying a title as made for theatrical release or made for TV, but the first medium of release weighs significantly in that decision.
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That's very interesting. I'd have expected the film to have its premiere in cinemas in the UK, and only later be distributed abroad, and not be shown on TV for several years after that. But British Film Institute lists the UK release date as 27 July 1975, so well after 4 February 1975. What is even more surprising is that date of 8 January 1978 for theatrical release in the UK. I'm trying to remember when I saw it. I'd have guessed at 1975 or 6, but in the light of the dates in IMDB, it looks as if I'm mistaken.

I suppose the production company must have realised that James Herriot's books were popular in the USA, and promoted it there and allowed it to go straight to TV, even before it had had a theatrical run in its country of origin. What is odd is that the UK theatrical release is two years after the sequel It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet which was made and first shown in 1976. I'm suspicious of the accuracy of that 8 Jan 1978 UK theatrical date.

I wonder if a film nowadays would have a copyright year (MCMLXXIV = 1974) and a theatrical release date on home territory that were 4 years apart.
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Martin: Some of the Release Date information on IMDb could be inaccurate or incomplete. Wikipedia says that the film was theatrically released in London on 9 May 1975, but the source that they cite for that (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/30873) doesn't mention the film at all. So I don't know what the correct release information for this film was, beyond the U.S. television broadcast which I have confirmed.

If additional information about the film's release date can be confirmed, that should be added to IMDb.