‘All Creatures Great and Small’ reviews round-up: Season 3 is ‘heartfelt’ and ‘comforting’

The brand new season of All Creatures Great and Small premiered in the UK last night.

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, the hit period drama series follows the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.

Three months on from the end of the last season, it’s now spring 1939 as the hit series returns for its third run.

Watch the trailer:


Some big changes are happening at Skeldale and everyone has to learn how to adjust. Tristan is now a qualified vet while James enters into a new stage of his life with Helen and at the practice.

After being made joint business partner by Siegfried, James pushes to take on more responsibility via the Ministry of Agriculture’s new bovine TB testing scheme, but its unexpected challenges risk pushing him to breaking point.

And as a potential Second World War looms, all of our Skeldale family have to consider their purpose in Darrowby and beyond.

Watch a clip from last night’s episode:


Season 3 is airing in the UK at 9pm on Thursday nights on Channel 5.

We’ve rounded up a spoiler-free selection of reviews to help you decide if you’d like to watch the new season:


“Channel 5’s most comforting show returned, and eschewed the drama of most TV weddings to give us a happy event … where All Creatures Great and Small really excels is in mixing the heartfelt stuff with laughs. Both Callum Woodhouse as Tristan and Samuel West as Siegfried are deft comic actors, and the pair of them trying to squirm out of responsibility for losing the rings was a joy. ” ★★★★ – The Telegraph


“There’s nowt more comforting than a Yorkshire vet’s wedding … If you needed cheering up after recent events, this should have done the trick.” ★★★★★ – Daily Mail


“The brilliant All Creatures Great and Small is a bracing hint of nostalgia [balanced] with a bracing unsentimentality … All Creatures Great and Small shows you the darker side of the world while giving you a comforting hug.”- Lancashire Post


“Nostalgic throwback to a simpler age is just the tonic … The remake has had massive wellington boots to fill in the wake of the original … and it continues to do so beautifully. What better time to have a nostalgic throwback to a simpler age of decency and integrity and a host of lovely animals in the Yorkshire Dales than now?” ★★★★ – The Times


Season 3 will premiere in the US in early 2023.

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