‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Season 3 Episode 3 recap: ‘Surviving Siegfried’

All Creatures Great and Small is back!

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

Three months on from the end of the last season, it’s now spring 1939 as the hit series returns for its third run.

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Some big changes are happening at Skeldale and everyone has to learn how to adjust. Tristan is now a qualified vet while James enters into a new stage of his life with Helen and at the practice.

After being made joint business partner by Siegfried, James pushes to take on more responsibility via the Ministry of Agriculture’s new bovine TB testing scheme, but its unexpected challenges risk pushing him to breaking point.

And as a potential Second World War looms, all of our Skeldale family have to consider their purpose in Darrowby and beyond.

Watch a clip from this week’s episode here:


Here’s a plot recap for the third episode of Season 3 – ‘Surviving Siegfried’ – which premiered on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday 29th September 2022:

Siegfried receives some difficult news and becomes even more irascible than usual.

The perfect distraction comes along in the form of Major Sebright Saunders, who asks Siegfried to look at a difficult young racehorse called River.

Siegfried is reminded of his love for horses, while also remembering his time serving under Sebright Saunders in the Army Veterinary Corp during the First World War.

Siegfried forms a close bond with River but struggles to get to the bottom of what’s wrong with him. The animal risks being destroyed if he can’t find the answer.

Siegfried’s increasingly erratic behaviour doesn’t go unmissed by the rest of Skeldale House, especially Mrs Hall.

Tristan bears the brunt of it and is tasked with reordering the dispensary from top to bottom. He takes Siegfried’s words on board and even purchases new sedative ‘Soothe-Away’ in the hope of impressing his brother so that he can spread his wings more at the practice.

When things get worse with River, Tristan sees how the war still weighs heavy on Siegfried.

Helen gets a new insight into how hard James works, but feels reluctant to help him by asking her father to take on the unpopular TB testing scheme. In the event of a positive case, farms are shut down and farmers could lose their livelihoods.

When influential Dales farmer Isaac Cranford leans on James to fiddle the paperwork over a dead cow so he can reap the financial benefit, James feels pressured to agree so that he won’t lose support over the TB testing.

Helen and Richard Alderson have to decide whether to put their necks on the line for James’ cause.

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