All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small Series 2. © Playground. L-R: SIEGFRIED FARNON (SAMUEL WEST), JAMES HERRIOT (NICHOLAS RALPH) & TRISTAN FARNON (CALLUM WOODHOUSE). BACKROW: HELEN ALDERSON (RACHEL SHENTON) & MRS HALL (ANNA MADELEY).

Returns on 16th September at 9pm on Channel 5

Channel 5 has confirmed that All Creatures Great and Small will return for a second series from Thursday 16th September at 9pm. Viewers can expect more heart-warming adventures of young country vet James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) as he joins his unconventional mentor, Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), matriarch of Skeldale House Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley), Siegfried’s errant brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), and independent local farmer’s daughter Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton), alongside a characterful ensemble of farmers, animals and townsfolk living in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. Patricia Hodge (Miranda, A Very English Scandal) joins the cast this series as Mrs Pumphrey, the delightfully eccentric owner of the pampered Pekingese, Tricki Woo.

The second series of All Creatures Great and Small, from BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning production company Playground (Howards End, Wolf Hall) filmed entirely in Yorkshire, with investment, crew and locations support from Screen Yorkshire.

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We were thrilled with the reception to ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ when it returned to the screen last year. The warmth and humour of James Herriott’s characters, set against the backdrop of the glorious Yorkshire Dales, seemed to hit the spot with audiences both in the UK and US. The series is such a great advert for the region. Screen Yorkshire’s investment in the drama reaps returns beyond the jobs created and production spend, to its potential for attracting visitors to Yorkshire for many years to come.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire

Coming up for fans in series 2

As Series Two opens, three months have passed since the end of Series One. A trip back home to Glasgow presents James with a dilemma that will mean choosing between the people he loves. As Helen and James navigate their feelings for one another, Siegfried, Tristan, and Mrs Hall are also forced to consider their places in the world, while James must decide between supporting his family or following his heart.

Filming locations

Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales stands in for Darrowby, the central village in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and viewers will see The Square, The Devonshire Arms (The Drovers) and The Stripey Badger (Endelby’s Grocers) throughout series 2.

‘All Creatures Great and Small’ also filmed at a host of other locations across the region for the second series, including: Broughton Hall – Skipton, Bradford Industrial Museum, The Tetley in Leeds, Ripley Castle, The Green Dragon Inn – Hardraw, The Falcon Inn, Arncliffe, The Ritz Cinema in Thirsk, Newby Hall, Birstwith Hall and Studley Royal Cricket Club in Harrogate, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Keighley Station, Scar House Reservoir and Kettlewell.

A critically acclaimed hit for Channel 5

All Creatures Great and Small: Series 2. JAMES HERRIOT (NICHOLAS RALPH) & HELEN ALDERSON (RACHEL SHENTON). © Playground

Helen and James navigate their feelings in series 2

Herriot’s iconic characters and life affirming stories led to a critically acclaimed debut on Channel 5 in 2020, with the first series consolidating at 4.7M viewers with an 18.65% share, with an additional 1M tuning in for the Sunday repeat, at the time making it the channel’s highest rating launch for a drama commission ever!

Series 2 of All Creatures Great and Small will consist of a further six episodes, plus a Christmas Special. MASTERPIECE on PBS in the US will co-produce and All3Media International is the international partner. The production has also received funding and support from Screen Yorkshire.

The second series was commissioned by Deputy Director of Programmes, ViacomCBS Networks UK, Seb Cardwell; returning Executive Producers are Colin Callender and Melissa Gallant for Playground, Louise Pedersen for All3Media International, Caroline Cooper Charles for Screen Yorkshire, and Rebecca Eaton and Susanne Simpson for MASTERPIECE. MASTERPIECE on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Ben Vanstone (The Last Kingdom) is the lead writer and Executive Producer, Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) has returned as lead director and Executive Producer, James Dean (Liar) is the Producer on the series. Sasha Ransome (Two Doors Down) has directed episodes three and four, whilst Andy Hay (The Last Kingdom) returned as director for episodes five and six, alongside the Christmas Special.

All Creatures Great and Small is a timeless classic that continues to be much loved by generations. Never out of print, the books have become a global cultural phenomenon with devoted fans around the world. With a sharp focus on community and its importance in our lives, Herriot’s world and spirit is a very much needed antidote to the challenges of modernity and reminds us all that belonging to a community makes us part of something greater than ourselves.

Series 2 wrapped filming on location in Yorkshire earlier this Summer.

In the news….

HELLO! MAGAZINE ONLINE  “Channel 5’s hit show All Creatures Great and Small is set to return for season two, and we’ve finally been treated to a first look at the upcoming series”

RADIO TIMES ONLINE “Following a heartwarming Christmas special, All Creatures Great and Small is set to return to our screens later this year”

YORKSHIRE POST ONLINE ”Helen and James get closer as Channel 5 release the first official on-set photographs from the upcoming second series of All Creatures Great and Small.”

MAIL ONLINE  ”Patricia Hodge replaces the late Diana Rigg as Mrs Pumphrey while Rachel Shenton and Nicholas Ralph’s on-screen lovers have tense chat”

DAILY EXPRESS ONLINE  ”All Creatures Great and Small: Mrs Pumphrey’s replacement unveiled as Patricia Hodge”