‘All Creatures’ returning cast confirmed: Who’s back in Season 2?

We now know which All Creatures Great and Small characters will return in the new season!

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, the period drama series premiered in the UK last year and the show began airing in the US on PBS in January.

second season started filming this spring in Yorkshire, England.

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

Nicholas Ralph will return in Season 2 as James Herriot.

He’ll be joined by Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge) as James’ unconventional mentor Siegfried Farnon, Anna Madeley (Deadwater Fell) as matriarch of Skeldale House Mrs Hall, Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells) as Siegfried’s errant brother Tristan Farnon, and Rachel Shenton (White Gold) as independent local farmer’s daughter Helen Alderson.

Also reprising their roles are Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter) as Hugh Hulton, who arrives back in Darrowby after some reflective time abroad, following the abrupt ending to his and Helen Alderson’s union.

Cleo Sylvestre (Doctors) will be back as Mrs. Chapman, who viewers last saw in the Christmas special, when the Chapman’s dog Suzie gave birth to a large litter of pups.

And Kriss Dosanjh (Doctors) returns as George Pandhi, the Skeldale House Veterinary Practice’s rival for the loyalties and business of the townsfolk and their precious animals.

One cast member who won’t be back, however, is the wonderful Dame Diana Rigg.

The iconic Game of Thrones and The Avengers star sadly passed away last September at the age of 82.

Taking over the role of Tricki Woo’s eccentric owner Mrs. Pumphrey is Patricia Hodge.

The 74-year-old English actress is best known for appearing in MirandaDownton Abbey, and A Very English Scandal.

Masterpiece executive producer Susanne Simpson commented: “All Creatures Great and Small was an enormous hit for Masterpiece and Dame Diana Rigg‘s priceless portrayal of Mrs. Pumphrey contributed to its success. I can’t wait to see Patricia Hodge bring her own charm to the character.”

Season 2 looks set to premiere in the UK on on Channel 5 this autumn, followed by another Christmas special in December.

The new episodes will air in early 2022 on PBS in the US.

It was recently revealed that original All Creatures Great and Small star Peter Davison has joined the cast of ITV’s remake of The Darling Buds of May.

The 70-year-old English actor played Tristan Farnon in the BBC’s classic All Creatures Great and Small series, which ran from 1978 to 1990.

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