All Creatures Great and Small Lands Two-Season Renewal


All Creatures Great and Small has been commissioned for third and fourth seasons at Channel 5 and MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Based on James Herriot’s classic collection of stories, the adaptation from Playground (Howards End, Wolf Hall) will return for two new six-episode seasons plus Christmas specials. Channel 5 originally made the commission, with MASTERPIECE on PBS in the U.S. set to co-produce and All3Media International as the global partner.

All Creatures Great and Small will return to shoot on location in Yorkshire in spring for season three. Nicholas Ralph returns 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, while Callum Woodhouse is Siegfried’s slowly maturing brother Tristan. Rachel Shenton returns as local farmer Helen Alderson.

Channel 5’s Sebastian Cardwell, deputy director of programs at ViacomCBS Networks UK,  said: “It is clear that our viewers adore James Herriot’s adventures in Darrowby and so do we at Channel 5. I am looking forward to us all being reunited with the Skeldale House family when series three arrives on our screens this year.”

Colin Callender, executive producer and CEO of Playground, added: “Everyone at Playground wants to thank Masterpiece on PBS, Channel 5 and All3Media International for their support for the series. But most of all, we want to thank the audience who have so fully embraced the new series. It is their vocal and loyal support that has resulted in this ongoing commitment to the series, and we couldn’t be more delighted. It is a joy to produce the show but an even bigger joy to know that there is an audience all over the world hungry to revisit the world of Darrowby in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and to spend more time with the wonderful inhabitants of Skeldale House.”

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Susanne Simpson said: “This is great news to our MASTERPIECE audience, who embraced this charming series and made it one of our most-watched shows. We look forward to what Ben Vanstone and Playground have planned for this wonderful ensemble of characters in seasons three and four.”

Executive Producer Louise Pedersen, CEO of All3Media International, commented: “All Creatures Great and Small has proven to be a perfect tonic for audiences around the world seeking a top-quality production with a warm and positive view of the world. We are pleased to be able to offer these further series to build the brand globally.”