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
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Richard Burrell
Production company(s)Playground Entertainment
Original networkChannel 5
Original release1 September 2020 (2020-09-01) –

All Creatures Great and Small is a 2020 television series based upon the books about a Yorkshire vet, written by Alf Wight under the pen name of James Herriot. The series, which also consists of a special Christmas episode, has been filmed in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the James Herriot series.[1]


The show revolves around a trio of veterinary surgeons working in the Yorkshire Dales. 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, the housekeeper at Skeldale House.[2]



The series, which was shot in the Yorkshire Dales, is produced by Playground Entertainment for Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, and PBS in the United States.[7] The BBC series which was broadcast between 1978 and 1990, was filmed largely in the northern part of the Dales (Wensleydale and Swaledale), whereas the new series has been filmed further south in the national park (around Nidderdale).[8][9] Grassington in Wharfedale has been used as the setting for the fictional town of Darrowby (Askrigg was used in the BBC series).[10]

A six-episode series and a Christmas special were filmed in 2019 and also in early 2020.[11] All Creatures Great and Small has been renewed for a second series.[12]


No. in
Title [13]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"You've Got to Dream"Brian PercivalBen Vanstone1 September 2020 (2020-09-01)3.3
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 on homebrew 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)TBD
James collects Siegfried's younger brother Tristan from the station and they accidentally crash Siegfried's car. Tristan announces that 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 works out that Tristan is not being honest about his graduation.
33"Andante"Metin HüseyinLisa Holdsworth15 September 2020 (2020-09-15)TBD
44"A Tricki Case"TBATBA22 September 2020 (2020-09-22)TBD


The first episode was watched by 3.3 million viewers and earned an audience share of 20.4%, making All Creatures Great and Small Channel 5's highest rated show since February 2016.[12]

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."[14] Hogan went on to call the show "family-friendly comfort-viewing. A soothing balm in febrile times."[14]


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  5. ^ Jack, Jim (28 August 2020). "All Creatures Great and Small role for Matthew Lewis". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  6. ^ Willis, Joe (10 August 2020). "Dame Diana Rigg and Nigel Havers lined up to star in new All Creatures Great and Small adaptation". Richmondshire Today. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
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  8. ^ Maguire, Brogan (21 January 2020). "This is why you might see film crews around the Harrogate district this week". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  9. ^ Willis, Joe (24 January 2020). "First images of new All Creatures Great and Small series released". Richmondshire Today. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  10. ^ Blow, John (18 October 2019). "First look as Yorkshire Dales market town is transformed for All Creatures Great and Small reboot". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  11. ^ Chapman, Hannah, ed. (31 January 2020). "First shots from new All Creatures Great and Small". Darlington & Stockton Times (05–2020). p. 22. ISSN 2516-5348.
  12. ^ a b White, Peter (2 September 2020). "'All Creatures Great And Small' Becomes Highest-Rated Show For Viacom's UK Net C5 In Nearly Five Years". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  13. ^ "All Creatures Great and Small – Episode guide". Radio Times. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  14. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (1 September 2020). "All Creatures Great and Small, review: James Herriot has returned to soothe us in these chaotic times". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

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