More cast members have been announced for the new All Creatures Great and Small remake.
All Creatures Great and Small chronicles the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.
Herriot’s stories were first published in 1970 and were previously brought to life in the classic BBC series, which aired for 90 episodes between 1978 and 1990.
The new six-part series for Channel 5 and Masterpiece on PBS features a brand new cast, including Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose) and Rachel Shenton (White Gold), alongside newcomer Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot.
It’s now been announced that they’ll be joined by Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, Victoria), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street) and Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire).
Rigg will be playing Mrs. Pumphrey, the delightfully eccentric owner of the overly indulged Pekingese Tricki-Woo.
Lewis will play Hugh Hulton, a wealthy landowner and rival to James for Helen’s affections.
Havers will appear as General Ransom, the fastidious manager of the local racecourse.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first book’s publication, All Creatures Great and Small will air in 2020 on Channel 5 in the UK and on PBS in the US.
The creative team includes Downton Abbey movie director Brian Percival and Downton executive producer Rebecca Eaton.
Eaton previously commented: “We promise that the new series will have all the wit, warmth, and quirky charm of the original – and of course, lots of irresistible animals.”
The original All Creatures Great and Small is available on DVD on Amazon.