All Creatures Great and Small was a surprise smash hit on the small screens of 2020. Adrian Lobb booked an appointment with star Nicholas Ralph, who plays young vet James Herriot, to talk about its success and the Christmas special.
The Big Issue: Why was All Creatures Great and Small such a hit this year?
Nicholas Ralph: That source material is just so good. The books have not been out of print in 50 years and those stories are so charming, so funny and really touching. The characters are based on real people, they are so three-dimensional
– people can see themselves in them, or in the relationships.
And it has that community vibe, it’s all about helping your neighbour. With the pandemic and people being stuck inside, we were longing to be part of the community.
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It felt like the right show at the right time.