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Sun, Aug. 21 at 12pm - All Creatures Great and Small Marathon

All Creatures Great and Small, Series 2 cast stands on set.
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Front left-to-right, Siegfreid Farnon (Samuel West), James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) & Tristan Farnon (Callum Woodhouse). Back row: Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) & Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley)

All Creatures Great and Small returns for a special one-day marathon featuring episodes from season two! Viewers of every age will enjoy the heartwarming and humorous stories based on James Herriot’s beloved bestselling novels about a young vet and his surrogate family in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales of the 1930s.

Tune in Sun, Aug. 21 at 12pm on the WSIU stations: WSIU 8.1, WUSI 16.1, WSEC 14.1, WQEC 27.1 and WMEC 22.2 or access the WSIU local broadcast livestream online at pbs.org or via the PBS Video app. Watch with WSIU Passport.

About Season Two
Ralph (The Most Reluctant Convert) returns as James Herriot, a young vet from Scotland who moves to Yorkshire to take a job in a local veterinary practice in the farming town of Darrowby. The cast also features Samuel West (Howards End) as James’s charismatic but eccentric boss, Siegfried Farnon; Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells in Corfu) as Siegfried’s womanizing and carefree younger brother, Tristan; Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose) as Mrs. Hall the wise and compassionate housekeeper who becomes a surrogate mother to the three men in her charge; and Rachel Shenton (Academy Award®- winner, The Silent Child) as the independent-minded and alluring farmer Helen Alderson who becomes the focus of James’ attention. Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Happy Valley) also returns as Helen’s former fiancé, Hugh Hulton.

Patricia Hodge (A Very English Scandal) joins the cast as Mrs. Pumphrey, owner of the overly indulged Pekingese Tricki-Woo. The role of the doting dog-owner was played by the late Dame Diana Rigg in season one. It was Dame Diana’s last on-screen role in a career spanning more than sixty years, before her death in September 2020.

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The climax of season one saw Helen call off her impending wedding to wealthy landowner Hugh, having developed a close friendship with James over the course of the first season. After working hard to become accepted by the local farmers and prove himself indispensable, Siegfried made James a senior vet in the Skeldale House veterinary practice. Following years of half-hearted effort, Tristan believed he had finally passed his veterinary exams. Siegfried, however, learned that Tristan failed once again, but didn’t have the heart to tell him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hall was heartbroken when she was unable to reconnect with her estranged son.

As season two opens, James returns from Glasgow where he has been visiting his parents for Easter. While there he is offered a job at a modern local veterinary practice and must decide between staying home in Glasgow with his elderly parents or returning to his new life in Yorkshire.

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