This is why you might see film crews around the Harrogate district this week

It has been an exciting week for the Harrogate district as film crews have been spotted around Nidderdale.

By Brogan Maguire
Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 3:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4:04 pm

Filming is now underway for an upcoming adaptation of James Herriott’s classic collection of stories, All Creatures Great and Small, which has been commissioned by Channel 5, Playground and Masterpiece on PBS.

And Screen Yorkshire, which is investing in the project, has confirmed that filming is taking place around Nidderdale at the moment - but has said it doesn’t want to reveal specific timings and locations in case of any disruption.

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Samuel West, from Mr Selfridge, will be starring in the upcoming adaptation of 'All Creatures Great and Small'.

Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments at Screen Yorkshire said: “People all over the world know Yorkshire through James Herriott and All Creatures Great And Small and we are thrilled to see the warmth, the down to earth wit and the generosity of spirit that infuse his stories brought back to the screen for a new generation.”

The television version has been written by Ben Vanstone, best known for The Last Kingdom, and will be directed by Brian Percival, of Downton Abbey.

Newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring compassion, humour and love of life.

Samuel West, from Mr. Selfridge and On Chesil Beach, joins as Siegfried Farnon, the eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House.

Mrs Hall, the resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House will be played by Anna Madeley and Siegfried’s younger brother, Tristan, will be played by Callum Woodhouse, who starred in The Durrells.

Rachel Shenton takes the role of Helen Alderson, a local farmer’s daughter who helps her father manage the family farm and care for her younger sister.

Executive Producer, Colin Callender, said: ““This is an exceptional cast made up of a wonderful mix of exciting new and established talent.

“Re-visiting the world of All Creatures Great and Small is like going home and re-discovering old friends whom we haven’t seen in years.”

Colin Callender’s Playground is producing an initial series of six episodes plus a Christmas special of All Creatures Great and Small, which will be shown on Channel 5.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the publication of the much-loved books.