All Creatures Great and Small season 3: James and Helen set to return for new series as prospect of World War II looms over Darrowby

It’s earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for its portrayal of wholesome Yorkshire 1930s life - so no wonder it’s been renewed for two more series. Here’s what we know so far…

By Sophia Moir Published: 18 January 2022 - 10.21am
Channel 5 / PBS Masterpiece All Creatures Great and Small cast pose for picture

All Creatures Great and Small has been credited with giving Yorkshire tourism a boost for this summer, after the second season of the show premiered in the US over the weekend.

The period drama, based on a series of memoirs written by vet Alf Wight under the pen name James Herriot, follows Herriot as he starts out as a vet in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby in 1930s England.

And fans of the show will be delighted to know that two more seasons of the show are on their way. From the plot of season 3 to who’s in the cast, we reveal what we know so far about the new series of All Creatures Great and Small...

Plus, don’t miss our period drama picks this month - from Julian Fellowes’ new TV series The Gilded Age to Hotel Portofino on BritBox. 

When will All Creatures Great and Small season 3 be on TV?

UK broadcaster Channel 5 and the show’s American broadcaster, PBS Masterpiece, have officially renewed the show for two more seasons - which also includes two more Christmas specials!

At this stage, all we know is that filming kicks off in spring 2022 and that it’ll be on air in 2022. So expect season 3 in autumn 2022 followed by the Christmas special later this year.

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What will happen in All Creatures Great and Small season 3?

Few details have been revealed about what’s in store for season 3, but we do know that it will pick up in the spring of 1939 as the prospect of another World War looms large.

Change is afoot for all the residents of Darrowby, especially James and Helen, who are embarking on the next chapter of their lives as the wider world around them heads toward a period of great uncertainty.

Callum Woodhouse (who plays Tristan) said he expects James and Helen's wedding to feature in the new season. Some fans, who hoped to see it in the 2021 Christmas special, may have been disappointed as it didn't feature in the storyline.

Woodhouse told “I was thinking they might have expected [the wedding] as well, to be honest. I quite like the idea that it’s not straight into the wedding. It’d be quite nice for that to be, you know – if we are lucky enough to get a series three, then that’s going to be one of the things that happens.”

Who’s in the cast of All Creatures Great and Small season 3?

All the fan favourite cast members will return to Skeldale House for the show’s highly-anticipated third season. 

* Nicholas Ralph, whose prior acting work before All Creatures was largely on stage, will return to play vet James Herriot.

* Samuel West (The Crown, Howards End) is back as James’ mentor, and owner of Skeldale House, Siegfried Farnon.

* Anna Madeley (Deadwater Fell, Affinity) returns as the matriarch of Skeldale House, Mrs Hall.

* Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells, Cold Feet) is back as Siegfried’s mischievous brother, Tristan.

* Rachel Shenton (Hollyoaks, The Silent Child) returns as local farmer, Helen Alderson.

Where is All Creatures Great and Small filmed?

Filming will once again return to the Yorkshire Dales to recommence production this spring. The village of Grassington is used for the fictional village of Darrowby in the show.

In Grassington, the Devonshire Inn is rebranded as the Drovers Arms and various local bakeries, homes and book shops are renamed for the filming.

Rachel and her family's farm is located in the small village of Airton, which is half an hour's drive from Grassington.

Is there a trailer for All Creatures Great and Small season 3?

There’s not currently a trailer for a new series as it’s not been filmed, but you can catch up on season 2 here: 

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Catch up on All Creatures Great and Small Series 1 and 2 on My5.