‘All Creatures Great and Small’ recap: What happened in Season 2 Episode 3?

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 third episode of Season 2, ‘We Can But Hope’, which aired on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday 30th September 2021:

James is called out to visit widow Phyllis Dalby and finds that her young herd of cows are seriously ill which could leave her family with nothing.

James struggles to accept that perhaps there is nothing he can do to save them, and therefore the farm.

A reminder from Phyllis on how fleeting time can be pushes James to take a risk with Helen, but his dilemma causes friction between the pair.

Siegfried can’t abide Tristan not having enough to do and so presents him with a new challenge.

Tristan’s need to impress his older brother makes him feel like he needs to produce results at any cost, but James reminds him that honesty is often the best policy.

Tricki Woo turns up needing a babysitter and Mrs Pumphrey returns.

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