‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Season 3 Episode 4 recap: ‘What A Balls Up!’

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 fourth episode of Season 3 – ‘What A Balls Up!’ – which premiered on Channel 5 at 9pm on Thursday 6th October 2022:

James is finally succeeding with the farmers’ uptake of the Ministry of Agriculture’s TB testing scheme.

However, he’s struggling with the complicated paperwork and keen to keep this from Siegfried after being told that it was to be his responsibility alone.

The MAG summons James and tells him that he has one more chance to get it right, or Skeldale will lose the scheme entirely.

James reveals this to Helen. She helps him to do everything by the book, but suspects that there is more going on with James than he’s willing to say.

Tristan decides that he’s outgrowing running the small animal surgery and buys a car to help with errands at the practice, as well as taking the daughter of Siegfried’s rival, Florence Pandhi, out on a date.

Siegfried feels side-lined and focuses on micromanaging Tricki while he’s on another health visit at Skeldale to feel more in control.

When a shock departure from Darrowby brings James’ feelings about his place in Darrowby to the surface for Helen, Siegfried steps in and realises that he still has the power to bring everyone back together again.

Mrs Hall agrees to go on a date with Gerald without realising his intentions and has to decide whether she’s ready for them to be more than friends.

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