All Creatures Great And Small is a period drama that’s a remake of the 1970s show of the same name; here’s what we know about the upcoming season 2.
When can fans of All Creatures Great And Small expect season 2 to arrive? The latest incarnation of All Creatures Great And Small arrived in 2020, but it’s part of a long-running franchise. It began as a series of novels by real-life vet James Alfred Wight, which followed the adventures of a young vet who arrives in a small town in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1930s. The first book If Only They Could Talk was published in 1970, and in 1975 a movie adaptation titled All Creatures Great And Small starring Simon Ward and Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal) arrived.
This was followed the next year by the sequel It Shouldn’t Happen To A Vet. More novels followed as a TV series also titled All Creatures Great And Small arrived in 1978, starring Christopher Timothy and Doctor Who’s Peter Davison. This BBC series proved enormously popular and ran for over a decade. The BBC also produced a prequel miniseries in 2011 titled Young James Herriot, with starred Iain De Caestecker as the title young veterinarian.
The new All Creatures Great And Small cast newcomer Nicholas Ralph as Herriot, with season 1 airing on Channel 5 in the UK and Masterpiece on PBS. The series was produced in part to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first All Creatures Great And Small book’s publication, and the show has been praised as a lowkey, feel-good drama.
All Creatures Great And Small Season 2 Release Date
All Creatures Great And Small’s first season was closely followed by special “The Night Before Christmas” in December 2020. It’s no surprise given the show’s critical and ratings success that it was quickly confirmed a second season was happening, but while the production was delayed over ongoing concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic, it started filming in March 2021. Unfortunately, there’s no current confirmation of when season 2 will start airing, though it’s unlikely to arrive earlier than late 2021.
All Creatures Great And Small’s Season 2 Story
All Creatures Great And Small’s Christmas special ended dramatically, with the long-simmering romance between James and the engaged Helen (Rachel Shenton, White Gold) finally looking set to take off after she called off her wedding. No doubt, there will be some lingering resentment from her ex-fiancee Hugh, however.
It looks like Siegfried’s (Samuel West, Van Helsing) romance with Dorothy is looking up following a Christmas kiss too. It was also confirmed that Patricia Hodge will take over the recurring role of Mrs. Pumphrey, following the passing of Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) in late 2020. While a third season hasn’t been officially confirmed, it appears the showrunners are confident All Creatures Great And Small has the legs to become an ongoing series.
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