All Creatures Great and Small reborn with yet another new cast

About to enter their fourth screen incarnation, James Herriot’s fictionalised stories of his life as a young vet in North Yorkshire are among the most enduring tales from the Dales ever to have been written.

Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy in the BBC's version of All Creatures... Picture: Shutterstock
Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy in the BBC's version of All Creatures... Picture: Shutterstock

Herriot, whose real name was Alf Wight, had his first book published in 1970, around 30 years after he began work at a practice in Thirsk. Within five years it was being turned into a feature film, with Simon Ward cast in his image. John Alderton played him in a sequel the following year.

But it was the long-running BBC adaptation with Christopher Timothy and Robert Hardy as the older vet, Siegfried Farnon, that sealed Herriot’s immortality. All Creatures Great and Small went off the air in 1990 but a remake, with Nicholas Ralph, is due to air on Channel 5 later this year.

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Christopher Timothy in the BBC's version of All Creatures... Picture: Shutterstock

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All Creatures Great and Small, L-R: Robert Hardy, Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison

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James Herriot played by Nicholas Ralph in the Channel 5 version of All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small. Christopher Timothy as James Herriot with Carol Drinkwater as his wife Helen.