All Creatures Great and Smalls Samuel West exposes big flaw with series

All Creatures Great and Smalls Samuel West exposes big flaw with series

11/25/2021

All Creatures Great and Small: Samuel West teases future series

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All Creatures Great and Small made its highly anticipated return this year with James finally proposing to Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) at the end of the second season.

Romance was definitely in the air for many of the characters and even boss Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) embraced his more sensitive side.

The programme has been a huge hit with Channel 5 viewers, but 55-year-old Samuel has highlighted an issue with the inaugural series. 

In  the book titled The World of All Creatures Great and Small: Welcome to Skeldale House, Samuel explained: “The only thing was that somebody wrote to me, saying, ‘You were all having tea without a tea strainer.’ 

All Creatures Great and Small made its highly anticipated return this year with James finally proposing to Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) at the end of the second season.

Romance was definitely in the air for many of the characters and even boss Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) embraced his more sensitive side.

The programme has been a huge hit with Channel 5 viewers, but 55-year-old Samuel has highlighted an issue with the inaugural series. 

In  the book titled The World of All Creatures Great and Small: Welcome to Skeldale House, Samuel explained: “The only thing was that somebody wrote to me, saying, ‘You were all having tea without a tea strainer.’ 

“I realised – oh yes, in 1937 we were about fifteen years away from having tea bags. 

“I wrote back, [saying] ‘I promise you there will be a tea strainer in series two.’ 

“For me, that’s the big difference between the first and second series.”

The actor quipped: “The tea strainer is in the second, but not the first.”

Samuel also spoke of the challenges faced on set as the cast made the second series during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “There were all sorts of tensions. Our extraordinary showrunner, Gemma – I realised that I had been working with her for 13 weeks.

“When one lunchtime I saw her eating a sandwich, and I said to her ‘Gemma, you know, we’ve been working together for three months and this is the first time I have seen your mouth’.”

Also in the book, director Brian Percival detailed the dreaded moment he was forced to reshoot a scene, thanks to the weather. 

He explained: “We filmed until eleven in the morning and it was all going well and then the heavens opened up.“The rain did not stop for about two hours, so heavy that we couldn’t stand outside,” Brian recalled.

He shared: “Of course, everything that had been shot before the downpour showed dry walls, dry houses, dry landscapes.”

Brian added: “That was in the first week and right at the end of the shoot, we had to go back to that same farm and spend half a day completing the original scene when it was dry again.”

Channel 5 viewers will be pleased to hear the Christmas special will be airing in later December. 

It was filmed back in the summer and fans will be eager to know if James and Helen’s wedding will feature in the festive special. 

The proposal in season two will go down in history as one of the most beautiful moments of the series.

All Creatures Great And Small is available to watch on My5.


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