November 18, 2021
Catch up or re-watch the beloved season: Stream Season One
James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved books. Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life.
After the passing of Diana Rigg (Mrs. Pumphrey), actress Patricia Hodge will step into the iconic and beloved role. Hodge is known for her work in series such as Miranda, A Very English Scandal, and appearances in MASTERPIECE shows such as Roadkill, Poirot, and Downton Abbey. Other new faces include Dorothy Atkinson (Mum, Call the Midwife) as Diana Brompton, who captures Siegfried Farnon’s eye, and James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley, Belgravia) as Colonel Merrick, an impressive military man and local farmer.
You haven’t seen the last of the Darrowby clan! Stars Nicholas Ralph (James Herriot), Samuel West (Siegfried Farnon), Rachel Shenton (Helen Alderson), Anna Madeley (Mrs. Hall), Callum Woodhouse (Tristan Farnon), Matthew Lewis (Hugh Hulton) and Derek the dog (Tricki Woo) are all set to return in Season 2. Will destiny bring James and Helen together, or will Hugh play into the love equation? Stay tuned to find out!
More hijinks? More romance? More life-saving veterinarian procedures? We don’t yet know for sure what will happen in Season 2, but at the end of Season 1, the cast shared their hopes for their characters in the upcoming season.
Nicholas Ralph: “I hope [James] takes the courage and encouragement of becoming partner, of everything’s that happened in the last few episodes, and takes it in his stride, as I’m sure he will. …And romantically, I hope he gets to go on a first date with Helen. That would be amazing.”
Samuel West: “I want to see Siegfried excited by things. I think that he’s a man of great enthusiasms, and although his form in the series—and I don’t mind this at all—is often to be disapproving about things, he’s also somebody who wants to be a good vet, wants to dive back into life and love, with all the energy that having a young and successful partner in the business has given him. ”
Rachel Shenton: “I hope she gets to explore what she really wants, and I hope she gets to be her, and not have to consider so many other voices in what she’s doing—I think by nature, she will.”
Callum Woodhouse: “James has made Tristan more work-focused, and Tristan has made James loosen up a bit and be able to have a good laugh. I’d like to see that continue, really, and see them both continue to have fun, but also crack on when they need to.”
Anna Madeley: “I hope her world opens up some more. I think it’s interesting how Mrs. Hall’s managed to establish a new life for herself in this community, and it would be lovely to see that really blossom even further, and see what challenges it would bring.