‘All Creatures Great and Small’ future confirmed: Will there be a Season 2?

Channel 5 has made an announcement about the fate of All Creatures Great and Small.

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, the new period drama series from the executive producer of Downton Abbey launched in the UK in September.

All Creatures Great and Small chronicles the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.

It’s airing on PBS in the US, but American fans needn’t worry about the series ending prematurely like Sanditon, Home Fires, and Beecham House.

It’s been officially confirmed this week that All Creatures Great and Small has been renewed for a second season!

The series will be back in late 2021 on Channel 5 in the UK with another six episodes, followed by a Christmas special.

The second season is expected to air in the US in early 2022 on PBS.

The cast of All Creatures Great and Small will return to the Yorkshire Dales in England to begin filming next year.

The show has been a massive hit for Channel 5, consolidating at 4.7 million viewers with an 18.65% share of the UK audience, making it the channel’s highest rating launch for a drama commission ever.

The official press release confirms the return of all the main cast members: “Viewers can expect more heartwarming and humourous adventures of young country vet James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) as he joins his unconventional mentor, Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), matriarch of Skeldale House Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley), Siegfried’s errant brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), and independent local farmer’s daughter Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton), alongside a characterful ensemble of farmers, animals and townsfolk living in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.”

Sebastian Cardwell, Channel 5 Deputy Director of Programmes, commented: “In challenging times, this new adaptation gained a special place in the heart of the British public.

“With values of community spirit, solidarity and heart-felt compassion, these stories are important ones for us to tell, now more than ever. I’m delighted that we will be seeing more of James and his Darrowby family when they return to our screens soon.”

Executive producer Colin Callender added: “All Creatures Great and Small has struck such a chord with audiences worldwide who were hungry for an entertaining, family-friendly show that provided some respite from the complicated and messy times we live in.

“We’re very excited to return home to our family at Skeldale House and to transport viewers back to Darrowby for more veterinary antics in the Yorkshire Dales!”

All Creatures Great and Small will be back on Channel 5 later this month with its first Christmas special!

Season 1 will be released on DVD in February and you can pre-order it now.

James Herriot’s stories were previously dramatised in the classic BBC series, which ran for nearly a hundred episodes between 1978 and 1990.

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