All Creatures Great and Small: Season two trailer
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Callum Woodhouse has opened up about his time playing Yorkshire vet Tristan Farnon in Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small. He stars in the latest series of the drama, which is based on the life and career of renowned vet James Herriot. Ahead of the new series, Callum has spoken out about what it was like to film the show. However, he confessed some of his furry co-stars were tricky to work with.
All Creatures Great and Small returns to Channel 5 with its second season later this month.
In a recent interview, Callum reflected on his experience starring in the period drama detailing what it was like to act alongside so many animals.
He explained that working with his animal co-stars could sometimes get very messy.
“I was at the business end of a cow this year, and I got weed on, and then I got s*** on,” Callum laughed.
He recalled one moment when he managed to continue on with a scene despite a significant distraction from one creature co-star.
Callum revealed: “The wee occurred right in the middle of the scene, but I managed to carry on, even though I could hear the director laughing over my shoulder.
“They finished the scene, and then just as I stood up, I got poo on my hands. It’s like a baptism of fire,” the actor added.
Callum pointed out that some of the animal handlers seemed to enjoy seeing him get dirty.
“All that the animal handlers want to happen is for you to get covered in the animals’ wee and poo,” he revealed.
However, Callum did note that before filming series one he did revive some training in how to work with animals.
Along with his co-stars Samuel West (who plays Siegfried) and Nicholas Ralph (James Herriot), Callum had a crash course in animal handling.
The actor recalled being taught how to correctly approach each animal as well as how to hold the veterinary instruments.
Callum gave high praise to Andy Barrett, the programme’s on-set vet, for all the help and advice he offered.
“He adds such authenticity to the show,” the actor remarked to Radio Times.
The drama first aired on Channel 5 in September 2020 and is now set to launch its second season.
The series follows newly trained Glaswegian veterinary assistant James Herriot, as he lands a job at a rural Yorkshire veterinary practice, working alongside eccentric boss Siegfried Farnon.
As soon as he arrives, James falls head-over-heels for local woman Helen Alderson (played by Rachel Shenton), who’s already engaged to be married.
The cast of the new season will see a slight change as it was announced in April that Miranda star Patricia Hodge will play Mrs Pumphrey.
This comes following the death of Dame Diana Rigg, who played the role in the first season.
Season two of All Creatures Great And Small will premiere on Channel 5 at 9 pm on Thursday, September 16.
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