All Creatures Great and Small star details genuine fear of backlash

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

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All Creatures Great and Small remains to be one of Channel 5’s greatest success stories. The escapist family drama follows James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph) who is based on the real Yorkshire vet, Alf Wight. Melissa Gallant, the show’s executive producer, said there was a lot of nerves when it came to releasing the latest adaptation.

All Creatures Great and Small returned with James finally proposing to the love of his life, Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton).

Romance was definitely in the air for many of the characters and even boss Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) embraced his more sensitive side.

This is the second time Alf Wight’s stories have been adapted for the small screen, with a BBC series having aired many years ago.

The creators of the series were worried about bringing the story back to life again, as they feared fans would deem it unnecessary.

Melissa Gallant, executive producer, shared her thoughts in a new book titled The World of All Creatures Great and Small.

She said: “I do think that our biggest challenge of all was making a new adaptation of the books following in the footsteps of a very long-running, hugely beloved show that was still fresh in the minds of the nation.

“It was something of a national treasure, a show that came with the happiness and warmth of nostalgia.

“A family favourite that evoked memories of being allowed to stay up in your pyjamas to watch it.

“For a lot of people it was perfect and the idea of a new version really didn’t appeal.

“I think people genuinely feared it wouldn’t be as good and didn’t feel that a new series was necessary.”

Thankfully the new adaptation went down a huge hit and brought Channel 5 some of the highest viewership figures in the network’s history.

However, this does not mean the cast and creators did not feel the pressure as they wanted to do the story justice.

Gallant continued: “We understood. Seeing your favourite book adapted, or your favourite film remade and hating it is a truly disheartening experience.

“We had an awful lot to live up to.” The main cast also felt the pressure to fill the shoes of the actors before them.

Alf Wight’s son Jim said Callum Woodhouse, who plays Tristan Farnon, had a tough job following on from Peter Davison.

The son of Alf also said he could not envision Rachel Shenton as a farmer’s daughter, but he had been proved wrong.

James actor Nicholas Ralph said he felt overwhelmed by the positive response he has received from fans.

The breakout star has made a name for himself as the renowned Yorkshire vet and he received critical acclaim for his portrayal.

Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the Channel 5 adaptation, which will include another Christmas special in December.

Shane Morgan said: “Finished season 2 of @AllCreaturesTV Television has never been more wonderful. Beautifully told. Stellar cast. Bravo Darrowby.”

Evie commented: “So enjoying ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ on @channel5_tv lovely, wholesome, escapism tv, with a wonderful cast (human & animal)! Can’t wait for the Christmas Special.”

Helena Morrissey added: “We just watched the last season 2 episode and really looking forward to the Christmas Special.

“Such a lovely show and so therapeutic given the insane world now. It exposes what we have sadly lost via the power of fear.”

Fans are hoping to see James and Helen tie the knot in the festive special.

However, with the Second World War looming, their plans could be put on hold.

All Creatures Great and Small is available to watch on My5 and will arrive on Acorn TV on November 22.

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