All Creatures Great and Small set to return for a third and fourth series

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Photo credit: ViacomCBS / Photographer: Todd Antony
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It's good news for fans of the hit show All Creatures Great and Small, as Channel 5 has today announced that the show will return for a third and fourth series.

The show features the escapades of vet James Herriot, played by Nicholas Ralph, as he discovers the Dales. Set in 1937, it's based on a popular and cherished collection of short stories. Channel 5 announced that it has commissioned the programme for two further series, which will consist of of six episodes each plus Christmas Specials respectively.

So, just what may happen in the next two seasons? In a release, Channel 5 says:"Expect more heartwarming tales from Darrowby throughout series three and four. As series three returns, we will rejoin our beloved Skeldale House family in the Spring of 1939 as the prospect of another World War looms large over the Dales. Change is afoot for all our Darrowby residents, especially James and Helen, who are embarking on the next chapter of their lives as the wider world around them heads toward a period of great uncertainty."

Photo credit: Playground Television (UK) Ltd. / Photographer: Ed Miller
Photo credit: Playground Television (UK) Ltd. / Photographer: Ed Miller

In terms of which cast members will be starring, we've also been told: "Returning for the third series is Nicholas Ralph as young vet James Herriot, and Samuel West as his mercurial mentor Siegfried Farnon. Anna Madeley returns as the matriarch of Skeldale House, Mrs Hall, whilst Callum Woodhouse is Siegfried’s slowly maturing brother Tristan. Rachel Shenton returns as local farmer Helen Alderson. A characterful ensemble of farmers, animals and townsfolk living in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s will also return, including Patricia Hodge as the wonderfully sophisticated Mrs Pumphrey, and her adored pampered Pekingese Tricki Woo (portrayed by the loveable Derek)."

All Creatures Great and Small does not yet have an air date, but filming for the new series will begin in Spring.

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