All Creatures Great and Small: Cast on lack of 'villains'
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Channel Five’s hit farming series All Creatures Great and Small will soon return to screens after an emotional finale. As fans eagerly await the third instalment of the series, stars Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton lifted the lid on working with animals and shared their funniest moments.
All Creatures Great and Small is the most recent adaptation of a series of books about a Yorkshire veterinarian written by Alf Wight under the pen name of James Herriot.
The series followed the life of James Herriot (played by Nicholas Raph) as he relocated to Yorkshire to work with Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) at his veterinary practice at Skeldale House.
The most recent season saw James fall for Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) and eventually propose to her.
While working with animals may sound like a dream for some, the stars revealed the realities of acting alongside the unpredictable creatures.
In an episode of the Talkshire podcast, Nicholas and Rachel highlighted their funniest experience working with the dogs on set.
The James Herriot star recalled: “I was running in Arncliffe round the back of Skeldale house with Ernie, he’s galloping beside me.
“We get into the driveway and it’s all stone chips, he just clears my legs clean out from under me because he’s just galloping around, this young carefree dog.
“Boom my legs were gone, the camera was beside the car, so all you saw was me dip down then reappear as I managed to catch my feet at the right moment but that was funny.”
Rachel also shared her funniest behind-the-scenes memory from season two: “This year the Alderson’s have got a new dog, little Scruff – real name Bobby.
“Whose just beautiful but again she’s so nice but it’s like Russian roulette you don’t know what you’re going to get.
“I remember one scene in the kitchen, Jenny (Imogen Clawson) and I were cooking and you could see the realisation on her face ‘oh it’s real food on the table.’
“In every scene, she’d get up and try and steal a bit of bacon, then we’d cut, reset and try and keep her away,” the actress then revealed, in the end, they just had to roll with it.
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Nicholas then thought back on a scene where his character had to anaesthetize the show’s beloved dog Tricky Woo, who’s had tons of experience on set.
He explained the differences: “Then you get one’s like Tricky who’s like a sterling professional, who comes in and just knocks it out the park every time.
“I had a scene where I had to anaesthetize, so he’s lying there – obviously fake so I had to anaesthetize and slowly his eyes were just dropping.
“The director was like ‘keep rolling,’ and his eyes just dropped, dropped and he went – then the director was like ‘and cut’ and he was back up again.”
Thankfully for fans, they will soon get to see more from All Creatures Great and Small, as season three was recently confirmed.
In a separate interview with Talkshire actor, Samuel West who played Seigfried Farnon revealed filming would begin in Spring.
“So filming for four months from the beginning of March to the beginning of July. So again, the Dales at their best.”
If season three is anything like the previous instalments it could air in September 2022, however, express.co.uk will be updated with release information.
All Creatures Great and Small seasons 1-2 are available to stream on Channel Five.
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