‘All Creatures Great and Small’ recap: What happened in Season 2 Episode 2?

The second season of All Creatures Great and Small continued in the UK tonight!

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, Channel 5’s popular drama series chronicles the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.

Season 2 will air in early 2022 on PBS in the US.

Watch the trailer:


Nicholas Ralph is back as James Herriot, alongside returning regulars Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge) as Siegfried Farnon, Anna Madeley (Deadwater Fell) Mrs Hall, Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells) as Tristan Farnon, and Rachel Shenton (White Gold) as Helen Alderson.

They’re joined by Miranda star Patricia Hodge as Mrs. Pumphrey, taking over the role from the late Dame Diana Rigg.

New guest stars include James Fleet from The Vicar of Dibley as Colonel Merrick, and Dorothy Atkinson (Housewife 49) as Diana Brompton.

Here’s a plot recap for the second episode of Season 2, ‘Semper Progrediens’, which aired on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday 23rd September 2021:

A letter from home weighs heavily on James.

Though James and Helen are now talking, James still hasn’t expressed his feelings to her and realises that he needs to make a move if he is going to find out whether Helen is ever going to be able to move on.

With Tristan’s encouragement, James asks Helen if she’d like to go to the local spring dance.

But village resident Gerald’s arrival with his injured dog, Rock, puts a spanner in the works. James has to man the surgery alone with Mrs Hall and a long list of patients in the hope that he can finish in time to be able to take Helen out.

Meanwhile, Gerald has a somewhat unexpected impact on Mrs Hall.

Siegfried accidentally misses an appointment at Colonel Merrick’s estate which brings in rival vet George Pandhi.

Tristan worries that Siegfried is in danger of losing his edge and questions whether his older brother is looking forward enough, both personally and professionally.

All Creatures Great and Small is available on DVD on Amazon.