Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small rebooted series concluded on Tuesday and the six-part series wound up with a classic bit of James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) veterinary magic…
Of course he was going to save the bull!
Viewers were devastated that the series had ended, or “absolutely gutted that this is the last ep”, wrote one fan.
Absolutely gutted that this is the last ep. What a wonderfully written and thoroughly enjoyable series – and some brilliant actors! Here’s hoping for more series’????????????????#AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall#channel5
— Cara (@caraaaa95) October 6, 2020
Another viewer called it “the best series of the year! Hopefully will run as long as the original serial.”
Channel 5, the producers, the cast and the crew were roundly praised on social media.
— Daisy Duguid (@daisy_duguid) October 6, 2020
The production company, Playground Entertainment, tweeted its thanks to viewers. “We hope you’ve enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed making it,” it wrote.
Thank you for all your wonderful tweets, comments and messages about #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall. We hope you've enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.
— Playground (@PlaygroundEnt) October 6, 2020
The episode revolved around James’ high anxiety as a bull belonging to a hard-hit local farming family, the Rudds, a bull that he recommended at market they should buy, was ailing badly.
Was James going to get to the abscess in a highly risky procedure? Of course he was!
Siegfried promoted him to senior vet and viewers felt he should celebrate in another way, by finally asking out the beautiful Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton).
— LouiseW (@Cogs39) October 6, 2020
The trouble was, she revealed her big shiny engagement ring. She was marrying his love rival, Hugh Hulton (Matthew Lewis).
Elsewhere, Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) was delirious, suffering from a bad dose of the flu, but he was well enough to bark at brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), who was busy running the surgery while his brother was out for the count.
'Mrs Hall, I think I'm dying' – Siegfried is totally me whenever I get a cold. #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall
— Sean the Mondasian Cyberman (@WhoPotterVian) October 6, 2020
Tristan should have been studying for the veterinary exams he didn’t take earlier in the series but, of course, Siegfried completely over-reacted.
In the midst of a dark year, what a slice of light and complete joy the new #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall has been. Brilliant in every aspect of production – roll on the Christmas Special!
— Jonathan Clarkson (@thejclarkson) October 6, 2020
Of course, there are always those who swim against the flow. But the dissenters were in the tiny minority.
I’m sorry but this new series of #AllCreaturesGreatandSmall is but a shadow of the original.
— PonteJack (@somersetlevel) October 6, 2020
All Creatures Great and Small fans will have to wait for season two, which doesn’t currently have a scheduled premiere date.
But at least there is the Christmas special to look forward to.