First images of new All Creatures Great and Small series released

L to R: Helen Alderson (played by Rachel Shenton) James Herriott (played by Nicholas Ralph)

Images from the new All Creatures Great and Small series have been released.

The adaptation of the James Herriot books will be screened on Channel 5 later this year.

The series was shoot on location in the Yorkshire Dales in the autumn.

Production company Playground, which produced shows including Howards End and Wolf Hall, have been commission for an initial series of six episodes plus a Christmas special.

2020 sees the 50th anniversary of the original publication of the much-loved books.

The books of James Alfred Wight were published under the pen name James Herriot in the 1970s.

Top Left: Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West). Top Right: Tristan Farnon (Callum Woodhouse). Middle: James Herriott (Nicholas Ralph). Bottom: Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley).

Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring compassion, humour and love of life.

Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge, On Chesil Beach) joins as Siegfried Farnon, the eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House who reluctantly hires the recently qualified Herriot into his rural practice.

Mrs Hall, the resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House will be played by Anna Madeley (The Child in Time, Patrick Melrose).

Siegfried’s errant and charismatic younger brother, Tristan, will be played by Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells).

Rachel Shenton (Switched at Birth, White Gold) takes the role of Helen Alderson, an independent local farmer’s daughter who helps her father manage the family farm and care for her younger sister.

Executive producer Colin Callender said: “This is exactly the right ensemble cast to deliver the warmth, wit and charm of All Creatures Great and Small.”

James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph)

A total of sever series of the original All Creatures Great and Small were first aired between 1978 and 1990.

These original shows were mainly filmed in the northern Yorkshire Dales, however the news series was filmed in the south of the park.


  1. I welcome the new adaptation because it can only be good for the area and the Herriot legacy; it’s a long time now since the BBC transmitted their series. However I do wonder how Robert Hardy’s portrayal of Siegfried can ever be bettered.

  2. It will be a very tough act to follow.
    But I cant wait to watch again.
    Malcom Graham Foxearth

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