‘All Creatures Great and Small’ recap: What happened in Season 2 Episode 4?

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 fourth episode of Season 2, ‘Many Happy Returns’, which aired on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday 7th October 2021:

It’s an important day for Tristan in more ways than one when he celebrates his birthday and Siegfried gives him new responsibilities as a vet for the first time.

Tristan has to withstand the pressure and succeed in the challenge set by his older brother before making it back to Skeldale for birthday festivities.

However, things unravel when Siegfried catches wind of the fact that Tristan might not have been telling him the whole truth about the events of his special day.

Mrs Hall also reminds James that he needs to tell Helen some home truths too.

A miscommunication pushes the issue to the surface unexpectedly, turning Tristan’s happy evening into a turbulent one with big consequences.

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