Channel 5 have just released the first look images ahead of the highly awaited fourth series of All Creatures Great and Small, the critically acclaimed adaptation based on best-selling author James Herriot’s cherished and iconic collection of stories.
The new six-part series, each an hour long, plus a Christmas Special, will air on Channel 5 from the autumn with air dates to be confirmed.
Returning to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the fourth series of All Creatures Great and Small continues with timeless tales and heart-warming stories, picking up in springtime of 1940 with change on the horizon for everyone in Skeldale House. James and Helen wonder when the right time might be to start a family, not knowing whether or not James will be called up to serve in the RAF. Tristan’s absence is felt by all, but no one more than Siegfried who attempts to hold the growing household, and himself, together as he braves this new world. Mrs Hall and Helen’s friendship blossoms as they look to the future and new trainee veterinary student Richard Carmody arrives, causing complications in the house.
Series four sees Nicholas Ralph (Prey for the Devil, The Most Reluctant Convert) reprise his role as young country vet James Herriot, now happily married to Helen Herriot, played by Rachel Shenton (White Gold, For Her Sins). Samuel West (Slow Horses, Small Axe) returns as James’ capricious and erratic mentor Siegfried Farnon while Anna Madeley (Time, Patrick Melrose) continues as Mrs Hall, the beloved matriarch of Skeldale House with Will Thorp (Doctor Who, Silent Witness) returning as Gerald Hammond, Mrs. Hall’s handsome suitor. Patricia Hodge (Miranda, A Very English Scandal) also reprises her role as the wonderfully eccentric Mrs Pumphrey, alongside her adored pampered Pekingese Tricki.
With Tristan away serving in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Siegfried and James bring in some extra hands to help around the practice. Neve McIntosh (Shetland) joins the cast as highly efficient bookkeeper Miss Harbottle, alongside James Anthony-Rose (Slow Horses, Pennyworth) as studious but somewhat unworldly undergraduate veterinary student Richard Carmody. A colourful ensemble of farmers, animals and townsfolk living in 1940’s Yorkshire will also star.