Brand new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series begins filming!

Production has begun on the upcoming revival of All Creatures Great and Small.

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, the brand new series was announced by Channel 5 and Masterpiece on PBS this summer.

First published in 1970, Herriot’s stories chronicle the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.

The upcoming series features a brand new cast and is not a continuation of the classic BBC series, which aired for 90 episodes between 1978 and 1990.

Joining newcomer Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot are Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose) and Rachel Shenton (White Gold).

Filming has now begun in Yorkshire, England.

The six episodes and a Christmas special will be directed by Downton Abbey veteran Brian Percival.

Downton Abbey executive producer Rebecca Eaton is also part of the show’s creative team.

Director Brian Percival commented: “Growing up I, like many others, adored this show. It was very much a part of Sunday evenings at home. So I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to revisit such a much loved story.

“I am so excited to have such a fantastic cast and crew filming in such a beautiful area of the UK. Sam, Anna, Callum, Rachel and Nicholas will have a whole new audience falling in love with James Herriot’s world.”

All Creatures Great and Small is set to air in 2020 on Channel 5 in the UK and on PBS in the US, marking the 50th anniversary of the first book’s publication.

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