Looks like we’ll be getting a double dose of the Darrowby gang over the festive period as Channel 5 are set to host the crossover we never knew we needed. All Creatures Great and Small and The Yorkshire Vet are set to meet in a one-off special, which is now our most highly anticipated watch of the festive season.
It’s putting its too most popular shows together for a an hour-long special which will see cast members from both shows meet in a celebration of all things James Herriot and The Yorkshire Vet. The Yorkshire Vet, known for following Peter Wright, Julian Norton and the rest of the gang launched back in 2015 and quickly became a firm favourite with a huge loyal following.
And, All Creatures Great and Small has become the channel’s biggest show with the fourth show finishing earlier this month with a Christmas special anticipated next month also.
But, what can we expect for the All Creatures and Yorkshire Vet Christmas Special?
The Yorkshire Vets’ Peter Wright and Shona Searson will visit the fictional world of Darrowby in behind the scenes filming of the All Creatures Great and Small Christmas special with the likes of Nicholas Ralph, Rachel Shenton, Sam West and Anna Madeley as we discover the people behind our most favourite characters. And, of course they’ll visit the famous Drovers Arms.
Greg Barnett, commissioning editor for factual entertainment and unscripted at Channel 5 and Paramount+, said: “Both these series command huge audiences and we couldn’t resist putting the actors and the actual Herriot trainee and team together to create some heart-warming and entertaining TV.
“In sort of a ‘job swap’ way, viewers will get to see behind the scenes at this year’s Christmas special whilst some of the actors experience Skeldale Practice first-hand and get taken to a couple of James Herriot’s favourite places. It’s a real Christmas treat.”
Paul Stead, managing director of Daisybeck Studios, which creates The Yorkshire Vet, said: “Nearly 200 episodes have been made to date of The Yorkshire Vet, with Series 18 recently announced and we’re really proud to continue the James Herriot legacy through the title, so it seemed natural to bring the two shows together for Christmas.
“We’ve been blessed with the support of James Herriot’s family, and we can’t wait to celebrate both All Creatures Great and Small and The Yorkshire Vet in this special, whilst continuing to remember the man who inspired both.”
Peter Wright, star of The Yorkshire Vet, added: “It’s going to be great introducing Sam West to people who knew Donald Sinclair, the real person who inspired his character Siegfried Farnon.’
Melanie Darlastan, exec producer for GroupM Motion Entertainment, said: “It’s a privilege to have been working with Daisybeck Studios on The Yorkshire Vet right from the very start. This Christmas special promises to be a real treat for all animal lovers and a celebration of two brilliant shows.”
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