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.