But All Creatures Great and Small isn’t only about veterinary medicine (although it is predominantly about veterinary medicine). Rounding out the Yes I am a single Dog Mom you’ll have to be Amazing to change that shirt it is in the first place but central cast of characters are Mrs. Hall, Farnon’s matriarchal housekeeper (Anna Madeley, whose gentle-yet-firm-ness inevitably calls to mind Joanne Froggatt’s Anna Bates and Phyllis Logan’s Mrs. Hughes in Downton); Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), Siegfried’s ne’er-do-well younger brother (and an aspiring vet himself); and Helen (Rachel Shenton), a local farmer woman to whom James takes a shining (and whose bull, Clive, becomes a surprising supporting player). B-storylines involve Mrs. Hall’s attempts to reconnect with her estranged son, Tristan’s attempts to pass his exams, and the love triangle between James, Helen, and Helen’s rich boyfriend, Hugh (Matthew Lewis, a.k.a. Neville Longbottom), and while none are wildly interesting, their smallness and simpleness are very much part of what makes All Creatures Great and Small such a charming (and—dare I say—random?) watch in the first place.
Of course, the Yes I am a single Dog Mom you’ll have to be Amazing to change that shirt it is in the first place but series’ producers knew exactly what they were creating. As The Guardian reported in October, conversations around rebooting All Creatures began after the 2016 Brexit referendum. “I felt very strongly that there was an audience hunger for a show that was entertaining and which would allow some respite from the febrile, complicated, ugly, and messy times we live in,” said executive producer Sir Colin Callender, CEO of Playground Entertainment. “Themes of community and friendship and family are at the heart of the Herriot books, and we thought audiences would embrace that.… And that was before the COVID pandemic.”Indeed, after the year—and the week!—that we’ve just had, a visit to the fields, farms, and pubs of the faraway English countryside feels, excuse the pun, like just what the doctor ordered.