The series will shoot on location in Yorkshire, England, as 2020 sees the 50th anniversary of the original publication of the much-loved books. All Creatures Great and Small is the latest drama commission announced for Channel 5, the home of factual series The Yorkshire Vet which is set in James Herriot’s original veterinary practice and produced by Leeds Factual Indie Daisybeck Studios. With the commissions of Cold Call and 15 Days and a number of other scripted series in development, the announcement marks the next development in the drama strategy initiated by Channel 5 Director of Programmes Ben Frow last year.
The production, commissioned by Digital Channel Controller Seb Cardwell, will be produced by Richard Burrell (New Tricks, Silent Witness); Executive Producers are Colin Callender, and Melissa Gallant for Playground, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. MASTERPIECE on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Ben Vanstone (The Last Kingdom) is lead writer and Executive Producer and Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) is lead director.
Since their first publication in 1970, the beloved books of James Alfred Wight published under the pen name James Herriot, have held a special place in people’s hearts throughout the world. Chronicling the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet, the books introduced readers to his unconventional mentor and the cast of farmers and townsfolk who lived and worked in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. This new adaptation will preserve the rich spirit, tone and values of Herriot’s iconic characters and stories and will bring to life his sharply observed, entertaining and incredibly funny tales of country life in the North of England for a modern audience, introducing a new generation to his life affirming stories.