‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Season 4 Episode 5 recap: ‘Papers’

Brand new All Creatures Great and Small continued tonight!

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

Watch the Season 4 trailer here:

A fourth season of All Creatures Great and Small is airing in the UK at 9pm on Thursday nights on Channel 5, with six brand new episodes airing weekly.

The show returns in the US early next year on PBS Masterpiece.

American viewers can catch up on the first three seasons with this free 7-day trial of the PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon Prime!

Here’s a clip from tonight’s ep:

As we return to the Dales in 1940 with the Second World War underway, the new season welcomes back Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot, Rachel Shenton as Helen Herriot, Samuel West as Siegfried Farnon, Anna Madeley as Mrs Hall, Patricia Hodge as Mrs Pumphrey, and introduces James Anthony-Rose as Richard Carmody.

Here’s a plot recap for the fifth episode of Season 4 – ‘Papers’ – which premiered on Channel 5 on Thursday 2 November 2023:

The War is getting closer, James is about to embark on a new journey.

He desperately wants things in order and Carmody trained up to support Siegfried. James is frustrated at Carmody’s inability to drive and keeps missing opportunities to spend precious time with Helen.

His grand plans are derailed when an injured cat is brought into the practice.

The vets have little hope for the cat, but he might be just what they all need.

Carmody and Pumphrey clash as he can’t see her dogs the way she does.

An unexpected offer might bring the two together and get Carmody ready to step into new responsibilities.

A dinner with Gerald leaves Mrs Hall with a dilemma but watching James and Helen brace for their future gives her a new perspective on her own.

All Creatures Great and Small is available to watch on PBS Masterpiece via Amazon Prime with a free 7-day trial.