Thankfully, fans don’t have to wait too long before Channel 5’s hit comfort show, All Creatures Great and Small, returns with a third season. In the meantime, James Herriot star, Nicholas Ralph opened up about a surreal moment he encountered while filming on set.
All Creatures Great and Small starring Nicholas Ralph is the latest on-screen adaptation of a 1978 classic.
Based on a series of novels by veterinary surgeon, Alf Wight, under his pen name James Herriot the stories became a huge success and was first adapted by the BBC from 1978-1990.
As well as the current adaptation also becoming a huge success, the show has released an exclusive behind-the-scenes book, The World of All Creatures Great & Small.
With the pages featuring interviews with the cast, Nicolas shared a special moment he experienced while filming.
The actor detailed: “So you’ve got Rachel there, kneeling down with the calf’s head on her lap, stroking it and making sure it’s calm and all right.
“Meanwhile, I’m going through the procedure of establishing whether the calf’s leg is damaged, with its mother looking over.
“I’m thinking, ‘Here we are, in a barn in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales. Surreal,’” Nicolas explained.
In the series, James Herriot moved to Yorkshire from Glasgow as a newly qualified veterinary graduate looking for work.
Upon arrival, he was reluctantly hired by wealthy and capricious veterinary surgeon Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) who owned Skeldale House and its veterinary practice.
Throughout the series, James met Helen and although she was engaged to wealthy landowner Hugh Hulton (Matthew Lewis) the two hit it off.
In the Christmas special episode, Helen got cold feet, called off the wedding and agreed to pursue things with James.
Viewers watched as James finally got down on one knee and proposed to Helen in the season two finale, so fans can look forward to a potential wedding in the upcoming instalment.
Season two was set in 1938 and highlighted the possibility of an impending war against Germany.
With season three taking place in 1939, which was the outbreak of war the next five seasons could potentially take place during war.
Thankfully, ahead of season three was confirmed, the show will air its Christmas special episode on Channel Five.
All Creatures Great and Small season 3 is expected to air early 2022.