All Creatures Great and Small: Helen star opens up on co-star who 'didn't do what told'


Channel Five’s hit series is finally back on screens with the second season of All Creatures Great and Small, and Rachel Shenton has made some interesting revelations. In an interview with Express.co.uk, the Helen Alderson star opened up about which co-star had to be bribed to do their job.

Viewers are three episodes into the second season of All Creatures Great and Small but chaos has already taken hold.

The uplifting Yorkshire series, picked up three months after the events of season one, making it springtime in the Dales.

During the Christmas special, Jame Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph) confessed his feelings for Helen.

This caused some chaos as she was set to marry Hugh Hulton (Matthew Lewis) on Christmas Day, but she had a change of heart and called the wedding off.

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While season two opened with James returning to Yorkshire from visiting his parents, Helen had been lying low from local gossip.

The recent episode saw the two lovebirds’ have some difficulties in their romance after the death of local farmer Bill Dalby.

Episode three titled We Can But Hope saw the return of Mrs Pumphrey (Patricia Hodge) and her spoiled Pekingese dog, Tricky Woo.

The beloved pooch was sent to the Veterinary surgery for babysitting where it caused chaos by scaring the residents of the hen house and constantly annoying manager Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West)

Speaking on the other animals, the actress shared: “We had a few good additions to the household this year. We had a new bull, Monty, he’s 18 months old. Not quite as cuddly but still lovely.”

The series follows James’ heartwarming journey as a young vet at the start of his career working at Skeldale House in Yorkshire with his boss, Siegfried.

As the cast and crew are often on location to film the scenes, they have gained the attention of the local community.

Rachel stated: “Everybody was so accommodating. When they first found out we were shooting the show, it was obviously very well-loved and people loved the books and the BBC adaptation and the location was loved.

This series of All Creatures Great and Small, isn’t the first time the novels have been adapted for the TV screens.

Following the release of the books, a 1975 film was made of the same name, which led to the sequel It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet.

Then the BBC commissioned it for adaptation and the series became nationally successful while it was on the air from 1978-1990.

Rachel continued: “Everyone was so supportive of what we were doing but it always came with a caveat of ‘don’t mess it up,’ and now this series comes with ‘Oh you’ve got big boots to fill.’ It wouldn’t have been possible without those people’s support.”

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



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