All Creatures Great and Small star speaks on shooting series at ‘cruel time’

All Creatures Great and Small star speaks on shooting series at ‘cruel time’

All Creatures Great and Small: Season 2's happy ending

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All Creatures Great and Small is a television series based upon novels about a Yorkshire vet written by Alf Wright. Starring Samuel West as Siegfried Farnon and series two being aired on Channel 5 at the moment, the newest series is set to see a whole lot more drama. Rachel Shenton, who plays Helen Alderson, daughter of a local farmer, opened up about the new series and how filming during the pandemic was a “cruel” time.

In a recent interview, Rachel was asked why she thought the show was so well received by the audience.

She explained: “Aside from the scripts being brilliantly crafted and full to the brin of humility and love.

“All Creatures aired at a time when the world felt particularly cruel, so it was a lovely reminder of what humanity is.

“The show is about community and nature, and I don’t think that’s ever felt more relevant,” she explained.

On being asked about how it felt to play alongside Nicholas Ralph, who plays James Herriot, she described him as “absolutely brilliant.”

“There’s such an easiness to him, we both auditioned together in 2019 and go on very well from the start,” she added to Viewties Magazine.

She also revealed the two characters slowly take the steps towards one another, with little expectations about their future.

Nicholas Ralph, who plays the Scottish vet James Herriot also recently spoke about the characters on-screen relationship and a stunt that left him concerned for Rachel.

Fans of the Channel 5 show have been eagerly waiting for the couple to kiss, and although Nicholas didn’t give anything away, the actor spoke about filming a particular scene which made the situation look likely.

After reading the scene about him and Rachel, Nicholas branded the daring stunt as “perfect” for the show.

He said: “I remember I read the scene and thought, ‘This is perfect’.”

The scene saw both Nicholas and Rachel sit on the top of a barn, which the actor said he was worried about not holding their weight.

He explained to The Mirror: “However, when I first saw the barn had a slate roof, I wondered if it was going to hold us, but thankfully it was fine when we were actually up there.

“We had to be harnessed on to the top, but the top was flat and wide, so once we were up there, it was absolutely fine,” he revealed.

Despite season two only just beginning, showrunner Ben Vanstone has revealed to Radio Times when he thinks the show will come to an end.

“I think when we started the show, we had in mind arcs for these characters that took them across a number of series.

“Initially, it was kind of four series, but everything in this show plays out slower than you think it would.

“I think in other shows, you sort of risk the need to have more stories and more action and more things happening, but with our show, it’s the antithesis of that. We kind of give everything time,” he explained.

The current series is the most recent on-screen adaptation of novels by veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot.

Following the success of the books, the BBC made it into a television series that aired from 1978 until 1990.

All Creatures Great and Small continues Thursday at 9pm on Channel 5. 
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