All Creatures Great and Small renewed for two more series

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All Creatures Great and Small C5 has renewed the Yorkshire-based drama All Creatures Great and Small for a third and fourth series of 6 x 60 each, plus Christmas specials. 

From Playground Entertainment, the show is based on James Herriot’s best-selling books depicting the life a vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s. It has been a ratings hit for C5 with an average of 4.1m viewers across the latest series run. 

Series Three will film in Yorkshire this spring, with key returning cast including Nicholas, Samuel West, Anna Madeley and Callum Woodhouse is Siegfried’s slowly maturing brother Tristan. Rachel Shenton returns as local farmer Helen Alderson. 

Also returning for series three is lead writer and executive producer Ben Vanstone, who is joined by returning writer Chloë Mi Lin Ewart, who will write episodes two and four. Karim Khan has joined the writing team for episode five, and Jamie Crichton will write the script for episode six. 

Brian Percival remains lead director and executive producer, and Richard Burrell returns as producer.

On the double series order, Sebastian Cardwell, Channel 5 said: “It is clear that our viewers adore James Herriot’s adventures in Darrowby and so do we at Channel 5. I am looking forward to us all being reunited with the Skeldale House family when series three arrives on our screens this year.” 

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