Channel 5’s All Creatures Great And Small lands Christmas Special

Channel 5’s brand new reboot of All Creatures Great and Small will be a highlight on the channel this Christmas, The Version can confirm.

The gentle drama centres around a  trio of veterinary surgeons working in the Yorkshire Dales. The remake of the classic series comes in the 50th anniversary year of the James Herriot novels first being published.The five part series got off to a great start, winning 3.3million viewers for the first episode.

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All Creatures Great and Small stars Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot, along with Samuel West, Callum Woodhouse, Anna Madeley and Rachel Shenton. Diana Rigg, Nigel Havers and Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis will all guest star.

“Revisiting James Herriot’s beloved stories is an immense privilege and we are honored that Alf Wight’s family have entrusted us with his legacy. It is a responsibility we take very seriously,” says Colin Callender, Executive Producer and CEO of Playground. “At a time when the country feels more divided than ever, Herriot’s glorious books remind us how to connect and belong again. The series will embrace the fun and the nostalgia of revisiting the England of the past, while celebrating Herriot’s values that, despite all our current upheaval, still underpin British life today.”

All Creatures Great and Small will also air on Masterpiece in America from January.

Read our interview with Maimie McCoy, here.