All Creatures Great and Small: Cast on lack of 'villains'
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All Creatures Great and Small is one of Channel 5’s biggest hits and fans are already excited for the new season. The escapist TV drama is based on James Herriot’s (played by Nicholas Ralph) books and has since become a huge hit in America. Siegfried Farnon actor Samuel West discussed why the family drama is so popular.
The series was inspired by the memoirs of Yorkshire vet Alf Wight, also known as James Herriot.
Through the small screen, fans are given insight into better days when communities looked out for each other.
The Channel 5 hit is the second series of its kind, as the first small-screen adaptation aired on the BBC back in the late 70s.
Fans across the globe have fallen in love with the familiar characters who have been brought back to life.
Samuel West spoke about why the series has stolen the hearts of so many.
He said: “We shouldn’t forget that the reason the 1970s series happened at all was because of the success of the films.
“And the reason the films happened was because the American public took to the books.
“The books were published in the 60s in Britain and they did OK, but then there was a combined volume of the first two books which sold incredibly well in America.
“So it’s really American interest in the series to start with that got us going.”
The theatre star praised the series for its uplifting nature.
He added in a chat with the Talkshire podcast: “I mean I think people need gentle, decent television about people trying to care for each other and reduce suffering.
“Rather than excellent hard-hitting, what you might call gritty television about terrible things happening to innocent people.
“There’s a lot of that about, when I became a father I had to stop watching a lot of television drama.
“Not that it wasn’t brilliant, but there was so much that seemed to be terrible things happening to kids.
“And I couldn’t take it. So I’m really rather proud and it’s strangely revolutionary to be making a series about people trying to be kind to each other.”
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During the same podcast, the star confirmed some details regarding the upcoming third season.
Filming is due to start in March and the season will be made up of six episodes, with another Christmas special.
Production will take four months to complete, meaning it should wrap in early July.
If the release date mirrors that of previous seasons, it should air in September 2022.
Following the release of the second season, fans shared the same feedback.
They took to social media to call for more episodes, claiming each season was too short.
James Herriot actor Nicholas Ralph addressed the concern, saying it was down to the production company to decide.
He did, however, say the cast would be delighted to do more as they love working on the show.
@Erulissea said on Twitter: “Honestly watching All Creatures Great and Small is a nice change from crime shows and such.#AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall.”
All Creatures Great and Small is available to watch on My5 and AcornTV in the UK and PBS in the US.
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