All Creatures Great and Small (2020 TV series)

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All Creatures Great and Small
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Based onIf Only They Could Talk
by James Herriot
Written byBen Vanstone
Directed byBrian Percival
Starring
ComposerAlexandra Harwood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes7
Production
Executive producers
ProducerRichard Burrell
Production companyPlayground Entertainment
DistributorAll3Media
Release
Original networkChannel 5
Original release1 September 2020 (2020-09-01) –
present

All Creatures Great and Small is a 2020 television series, set in 1937,[1] based upon light novels about a Yorkshire vet written by Alf Wight under the pen name of James Herriot, a field first trodden by television in the 1970s. The series was produced by Playground Entertainment for Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, and PBS in the United States.[2]

The series is a new adaptation of Wight's books, following the previous BBC series of 90 episodes that ran from 1978 to 1990, also called All Creatures Great and Small which is still regularly reshown.[3] It is filmed in the Yorkshire Dales, and received some funding from Screen Yorkshire.[4] 

The first series, which consists of six episodes and a special Christmas episode, was filmed in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the James Herriot series.[5] The series premiered in the UK on Channel 5 on 1 September 2020 and in the US on PBS as part of Masterpiece on 10 January 2021.

All Creatures Great and Small was renewed for a second series, also of six episodes plus a Christmas special.[6][7] The second series premiered on 16 September 2021 on Channel 5.

Premise[edit]

The show revolves around a trio of veterinary surgeons working in the Yorkshire Dales beginning in 1937. Siegfried Farnon (described as an "eccentric") hires James Herriot into his veterinary practice at Skeldale House. Besides Siegfried and James, there is Siegfried's younger brother, Tristan, and Mrs. Hall, their housekeeper.[8]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Nicholas Ralph did a great deal of research about James Herriot ("Alf" Wight) who died in 1995. He also met with the vet's son and daughter, Jim and Rosie. "They spoke a lot about Donald and Brian, the real Siegfried and Tristan. They said to me that I had the hardest job because Alf is a kind of observer to these bigger, larger than life personalities," he recalled. [13] Naturally, the actor required training in vet procedures for accuracy in the show.[14] "Straight off the bat with our on-set vet adviser Andy Barrett, we were up close and personal with horses, sheep, kind of going through the procedures and things that we would be doing. Learning how to approach the animal and everything like that. Using the stethoscope on the cow’s heart, then lungs, then stomach" the actor later recalled.[15]

Although James Herriot/Alf Wight had a "soft, lilting Scottish accent," according to Christopher Timothy who played Herriot in the original TV adaptation,[16] the actor was instructed to keep his speech "neutral" for universality when the BBC series was being filmed. That did not apply to Nicholas Ralph when filming this adaptation; the actor used his genuine Scottish accent.[17]

The New York Times indicated that Donald Sinclair actually had more rough edges than the Siegfried character in the books (and in the TV productions). "Sinclair's real-life behaviour was much more eccentric. (He once discharged a shotgun during a dinner party to let his guests know it was time to leave.)"[18]

Significant changes were made from the source material (both the previous television series and the memoir), such as Siegfried Farnon being a heartbroken widower and a dramatically increased role for Mrs. Hall, who has been reimagined as a young, live-in housekeeper and a "slightly warmer figure" than in the novels. The role of Helen was also greatly expanded.[19]

Filming locations[edit]

The Square, Grassington
The Devonshire Inn in Grassington became the Drovers Arms

The first season of the series was filmed largely in the Yorkshire Dales (often around Nidderdale); the village of Grassington in Upper Wharfedale was used for the fictional village of Darrowby.[20][21][22] The BBC series which was broadcast between 1978 and 1990, was filmed in the northern part of the Dales (Wensleydale and Swaledale) with the village Askrigg used for the fictional Darrowby.

When discussing the new series, actor Rachel Shenton was enthusiastic about the locations. "We ... shot in and around the Dales", she said. "The Dales are miles and miles of beautiful, undulating countryside and it really is breathtaking."[23] Neither the BBC series or the new series were filmed in Thirsk (where the actual vet, Alf Wight, practiced) since it had become too large for the small town feel that the producers wanted. The BBC series had used Askrigg for the fictional Darrowby, while Grassington was selected for filming the new series. "The nice thing was that there weren’t any modern houses in the town centre ... so we didn't have to change anything completely. What we did change were all the shop signs and the usual things like aerials, satellite dishes, alarm boxes and all of those things."[24]

Bolton Hall at Bolton Abbey Estates

In Grassington, the Devonshire Inn was rebranded as the Drovers Arms while the pub interiors were shot at The Green Dragon Inn at Hardraw.[25] The village bakery, Walker's, was used for the Darrowby Cycles property; a private residence was used for the exterior of Skeldale House.[26][24] The Stripey Badger book store became the greengrocer's G F Endleby, the shoe store Helen Midgley was used for Handleys Booksellers and the Rustic Rabbit gift store became Higgins Bakers.[27]

Some of the scenes were filmed at Skipton such as the home of Mrs. Pumphrey, owner of Tricki-Woo, (at Broughton Hall in Broughton, Craven); the character was based on Marjorie Warner, a client of Alf Wight,[28] who lived at Thorpe House near Thirsk.[29] Many of the scenes for the series were filmed in a studio. Parts of the first episode (with the waterfall and pool) were filmed at Janet's Foss near Malham. Other locations included the Barden Bridge at the Bolton Abbey Estate and the Ripon Racecourse. The railway station was filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Oakworth. The church featured in the Christmas special is St Wilfrid's at Burnsall, near Grassington, the crossroads are "on the roads above Pateley Bridge" in Nidderdale and the farm is in Airton.[30][31]

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway train at Oakworth Station

The steam-hauled train in the first series was filmed on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway line; Keighley Station stands in for a Glasgow station in the first episode, and the Oakworth railway station appears in both the first and second episodes.[32]

The trailers for the first series, published by PBS, include some of the scenes that were shot in various locations for the series.[33][34][35]

The six-episodes and the Christmas special were filmed in 2019 and into early 2020.[36] Much of the outdoor work was completed "during winter and autumn, and it was freezing, with long, cold, dark days and rainy days", according to Nicholas Ralph.[37]

In March 2021, filming had started for the second series, in some of the same locations as the first, but also in some new areas.[38]

Working with animals[edit]

For his role as a veterinary surgeon, Nicholas Ralph required training in vet procedures for accuracy in the show. For some scenes however, the production used animal prosthetics: "the back end of the cow, fully functional and everything."[39] One episode depicted the birth of a calf; that was filmed separately and "was then spliced in seamlessly with footage of the main actors." Ralph admits that "for 90 percent of those scenes with the animals, the animals actually weren’t there. It was just cleverly chosen and prosthetics and extremely well-trained, happy animals when we did see them."[40]

Some of Ralph's work involved interaction with live animals, of course, such as a bull in one episode and a horse rearing and kicking in another.[41] "Straight off the bat with our on-set vet adviser Andy Barrett, we were up close and personal with horses, sheep, kind of going through the procedures and things that we would be doing, Ralph said. "Learning how to approach the animal and everything like that. Using the stethoscope on the cow’s heart, then lungs, then stomach..."[42] "I have huge respect for ... Andy Barrett and the animal handlers who worked on the show, Ralph told an interviewer.[43]

Second series[edit]

Pre-production work had begun on the second set of episodes by early 2021. A news item in February included an appeal for historic artefacts, "much-needed props as it prepares to film the next chapters of James Herriot’s life, set in the 1930s. Due to lockdown restrictions, [they] are struggling to find everything from homeware to farming implements made before 1938." One source told a reporter that they were planning to "buy as much as we can because we are looking at filming multiple series of All Creatures Great and Small."[44]

Executive producer Colin Callender said in early 2021 that filming had been postponed due to restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are using this time to commission Ben Vanstone [the writer] and the writing team to work on season two ... we're able to use this lockdown period to work on the development and script development." In February 2021, Vanstone said that most scripts had been written; he expected filming to start in late March (if the restrictions allowed). The writer hinted that the relationship between James and Helen would be developed; "we want to explore why they’re together and why they work with one another." In the relationship between Tristan and Siegfried, the latter will be "desperate to move forward in his relationship with his brother." Siegfried’s relationship with Dorothy would continue, but "there are still plenty of opportunities for him to mess things up," Vanstone commented.[45][46]

In early 2021, Nicholas Ralph told PBS that he expected to see all of the principal actors when filming started, saying "The cast will be back of course ... and I've heard a lot of the crew are coming back as well". Samuel West added that director Brian Percival would also be returning.[47]

Actor Diana Rigg died after filming of the first series had been completed. Callender said that the producers were uncertain as to "what we will do with the character of Mrs. Pumphrey".[citation needed] (The Mrs. Pumphrey character was based on a client of Wight's, Marjorie Warner, who owned a Pekingese, named Bambi.)[48] In April 2021, an announcement stated that Patricia Hodge had been cast in the role.[49] Other new cast members include Dorothy Atkinson as Diana Brompton, a possible love interest for Siegfried,[50] and James Fleet as Colonel Hubert Merrick, a farmer who appeared in the James Herriot book.[51]

Filming was underway by March 2021 for the six episodes and a Christmas special.[52] Scheduled locations included the Bradford area (initially in Little Germany, Bradford, standing in for Glasgow), Kettlewell and Grassington (for the fictional village of Darrowby)[52] as well as the Yorkshire Dales.[53][54][55]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
161 September 2020 (2020-09-01)6 October 2020 (2020-10-06)
S122 December 2020 (2020-12-22)
2TBA16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)TBA

Series 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title [56]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [57]
11"You've Got to Dream"Brian PercivalBen Vanstone1 September 2020 (2020-09-01)5.49[a]
Newly qualified veterinarian James Herriot travels from his home in Glasgow to the Yorkshire village of Darrowby for a job interview at Siegfried Farnon's practice. Siegfried takes James to his first job treating an abscess in a gelding's hoof. James meets Helen Alderson while treating an injured calf and she urges him to stand up to Siegfried, who will respect him. The locals get James drunk and he mixes up a pair of cats while trying to feed them, resulting in Siegfried almost castrating the wrong one. James manages to prove himself after saving the lives of a cow and her calf, leading Siegfried to offer him a permanent job as his assistant.
22"Another Farnon?"Brian PercivalBen Vanstone8 September 2020 (2020-09-08)5.03[b]
James collects Siegfried's younger brother Tristan from the station and they accidentally crash Siegfried's car. Tristan announces he has graduated from Edinburgh veterinary college and joins the practice. James takes him on his rounds where he has trouble dealing with a cow suffering with milk fever. He fares better with Mrs. Pumphrey and her Pekingese dog Tricki Woo, which leads her to invite him to a party, where he meets Helen's partner Hugh Hulton. Mrs. Hall later works out that Tristan has not been honest about his graduation.
33"Andante"Metin HüseyinLisa Holdsworth15 September 2020 (2020-09-15)5.22[c]
Siegfried's application for horse racecourse vet is jeopardised after Hugh—the owner of the surefire race winner and the pride of the village Andante—disputes James' rationale for putting it down. Tristan revels in his new job collecting debts from clients, until he ends up frittering it all away in the pub—and uses his insider knowledge to his advantage in betting on the second favourite to win it back. Mrs. Hall tries to help Helen encourage her younger sister to realise that there is more to life than farming.
44"A Tricki Case"Andy HayFreddy Syborn22 September 2020 (2020-09-22)4.81[d]
Alongside developing his flourishing relationship with Helen, James is enlisted in helping Mrs. Pumphrey's dog Tricki back to a healthy weight. Tristan, however, takes up the responsibility, determined to earn his keep so Siegfried will fund his forthcoming return to studies. In so doing, he is not helped by the dog's sneaky indulging in the expensive foodstuffs given to tide him over while away from home. Mrs. Hall is troubled by the continuous lack of correspondence from her son, while the Farnons pass the buck onto each other in examining a rather ferocious canine.
55"All's Fair"Metin HüseyinDebbie O'Malley29 September 2020 (2020-09-29)4.87[e]
On the day of the Darrowby Fair, James agrees to stand as attending vet, judging the livestock and pet competitions, unaware that it is a taxing and unrewarding assignment. Siegfried, Tristan, and Mrs. Hall all place wagers on when James will resign in exasperation. James experiences pressure from nearly every competitor, and from Helen, anxious for a favourable assessment of her prize bull, in hopes of securing a profitable sale. Siegfried meets an attractive and unattached friend of Mrs. Hall, Dorothy, and despite their mutual attraction, Siegfried still mourns for his recently deceased wife.
66"A Cure for All Ills"Andy HayJulian Jones and Ben Vanstone6 October 2020 (2020-10-06)5.17[f]
James feels guilt over the cow a farmer purchased based on his recommendation, which is now morbidly ill with an abscess, and which he feels powerless to cure. Tristan becomes a zealous advocate for a risky procedure for the cow, which Siegfried, as head of the practice, strictly forbids. Tristan manages an overwhelmed surgery as best he can, whilst Siegfried is taken with flu. At James' surprise birthday party, Maggie, the barmaid, breaks off her tenuous relationship with Tristan, citing his lack of seriousness. Encouraged by Helen, James flees his birthday party to perform surgery on the morbidly ill cow, assisted by Tristan, which Siegfried reluctantly agrees to after initially attempting to stop it. The operation is a success. Later, at the Drover's Arms, Siegfried promotes James to Senior Vet.
  1. ^ An additional 1.20m for the Sunday repeat contributed to a total of 6.69m.
  2. ^ An additional 1.07m for the Sunday repeat contributed to a total of 6.10m.
  3. ^ An additional 0.82m (excluding device viewership) for the Sunday repeat in 7-day viewership[58] contributed to a total of at least 6.03m.
  4. ^ An additional 1.36m for the Sunday repeat contributed to a total of 6.17m.
  5. ^ An additional 0.91m (excluding device viewership) for the Sunday repeat in 7-day viewership[58] contributed to a total of at least 5.78m.
  6. ^ An additional 1.23m for the Sunday repeat contributed to a total of 6.40m.

Christmas special (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title [56]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [59]
77"The Night Before Christmas"Andy HayBen Vanstone22 December 2020 (2020-12-22)4.99[a]
Exhausted by the never-ending wedding talk, Helen escapes from her seasonally-themed wedding party with James, who has been called to the Chapmans' to help their pregnant dog give birth. The two bond over the frailty of one of the puppies before fog traps them on the hilltop overnight and they struggle to contain their affection for each other, giving Helen food for thought as to whether marrying Hugh is what she really wants. Siegfried enjoys the more liquid form of merriment and tries to get lessons in confidence from Tristan to steel himself for a rendezvous with Dorothy. Mrs. Hall lets herself get carried away with unfulfilled excitement over her unreliable son's potential return for Christmas. Tristan tries to help Maggie's shy little brother with an ill donkey and gets an early Christmas present under the mistletoe from his former girlfriend in return. Helen calls off her wedding to Hugh.[60]
  1. ^ An additional 1.33m watched the narrative repeat on Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December), contributing to a total of 6.32m.

Series 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title [61]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [62]
81"Where the Heart Is"Brian PercivalBen Vanstone16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)TBD
A brief return home to Glasgow sees James offered a permanent role at a more sophisticated vetinary practice, and has to choose between his mother's wishes for him to be closer to home and the place in Yorkshire he has come to love. Such evaluation, however, is later sullied after a clash with rural values when he resists the Aldersons' wishes to put down their dog that has been terrorising local sheep. Siegfried struggles to keep concealing how Tristan didn't do as well in his studies as he's led everyone to believe, especially when Tristan accidentally kills his first patient.
92"Semper Progrediens"Brian PercivalBen Vanstone24 September 2021 (2021-09-24)TBD

Reception[edit]

The first episode was watched by 3.3 million viewers overnight and earned an audience share of 20.4%, making All Creatures Great and Small Channel 5's highest rated show since February 2016.[7] By using BARB's consolidated ratings for programmes watched live and on catch-up services (within 28 days), All Creatures Great and Small became their most popular show ever (until 2021) with the premiere episode having grown to 5.4 million viewers (up from 5.01m over a 7-day period) with a further 1.2 million watching the repeat on the Sunday night.[63]

The show has received critical acclaim. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned it a score of 83 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."[64] The Daily Telegraph's Michael Hogan gave the show four out of five stars, and commented "Revisiting the world of All Creatures Great and Small felt like meeting old friends. Any viewers missing the classic triumvirate of Robert Hardy, Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison were surely converted by this well-crafted opener, confidently directed by Downton Abbey alumnus Brian Percival."[65] Hogan went on to call the show "family-friendly comfort-viewing. A soothing balm in febrile times."[65]

As of early March 2021, aggregator Rotten Tomatoes indicated that 96% of reviews had been positive.[66] The show's US premiere elicited it reviews from American outlets. Variety was one of the publications that praised the first series. Its chief TV critic Caroline Framke wrote that All Creatures Great and Small "finds key ways to distinguish itself from depictions past, especially as it makes the most of a handsome budget and embraces a welcome, earnest warmth in its storytelling" and added that the update made "a beloved property worthwhile." [67] NBC News praised the series as "pastoral perfection," saying the show was "never meant to be pandemic escapism... but it’s hard to think of a better moment for something as simple and charming... sometimes all television (and the world) needs is someone with a gentle heart big enough to care for all creatures, great and small;" according to the network's cultural critic, Ani Bundel.[68]

The Los Angeles Times's Mary McNamara was not quite as enthusiastic - for one disputing the apparent consensus of the show being a necessary sanctuary in the pandemic zeitgeist - calling the show "a disappointment", as, in her view, it deviated too much, and jarringly so, from the source material. Nonetheless, the critic concluded "I was clearly happier with what I considered a very flawed adaptation of 'All Creatures Great and Small' than many other television shows of my acquaintance... I found all the joy, solace and gentle but effective drama that had been previously promised."[69] 

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