Second season of new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ is already being planned

Here’s some great news from the makers of the upcoming All Creatures Great and Small remake.

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, the brand new period drama comes from Downton Abbey movie director Brian Percival and Downton executive producer Rebecca Eaton.

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

First published in 1970, Herriot’s stories were previously dramatised in the classic BBC series, which ran for nearly a hundred episodes between 1978 and 1990.

Filming began last autumn in Yorkshire, England, although we’re not sure if the shoot was completed before the UK TV industry shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The All Creatures Great and Small revival series was originally set to premiere later this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the first book’s publication.

Unfortunately, the six-part first season will now debut in early 2021 on Channel 5 in the UK and on PBS in the US.

Very excitingly, however, the show’s producers are already discussing their plans for a second season – before the show has even begun airing!

Executive producer Chris Callender revealed at a press event last week: “We have every intention and hope that this will be a returning series. That was our ambition from the outset.”

Fingers crossed that this won’t be another one-season-wonder like Beecham House or Sanditon then!

The all-new cast includes Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose) and Rachel Shenton (White Gold), alongside newcomer Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot.

Guest stars in the first season will include Dame Diana Rigg (Victoria), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter) and Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire).

Executive producer Colin Callender previously commented: “At a time when the country feels more divided than ever, Herriot’s glorious books remind us how to connect and belong again.

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