All Creatures Great And Small pulls on viewers’ heartstrings as James makes it home in time to see Helen and their newborn baby on Christmas

All Creatures Great And Small filled viewers with festive cheer as James Harriott made it home to his wife Helen in time for Christmas.

James (Nicholas Ralph) had been away at a RAF base while serving in World War II but an emotional phone call with Helen (Rachel Shenton) persuaded him to come home.

Events on the base threatened to keep the couple apart however and he eventually abandoned his work responsibilites in favour of being with his wife. 

Sadly he ended up missing the birth of their baby but Helen was overjoyed to see him return.

Viewers took to X/Twitter to react to the moment with one writing: ‘A nother heartwarming episode of#ACGAS Christmas special. 

All Creatures Great And Small filled viewers with festive cheer as James Harriott made it home to his wife Helen in time for Christmas 

James (Nicholas Ralph) had been away at a RAF base while serving in World War II but an emotional phone call with Helen (Rachel Shenton) persuaded him to come home

James (Nicholas Ralph) had been away at a RAF base while serving in World War II but an emotional phone call with Helen (Rachel Shenton) persuaded him to come home

‘It was wonderful a lovely storyline. So pleased James got back to Helen & their new baby. Love how this series can make you laugh, smile & cry. Merry Christmas.’

Another wrote: ‘Helen and James have the best Christmas presents of all. Each other and the birth of their new baby. Wonderful to see them together again.’

A third added: ‘WHAT has James done, like i get it but still!’

The North Yorkshire town of Grassington is used as a filming location, standing in for the fictional market town of Darrowby in the show.

Rachel and her family’s farm is located in the small village of Airton, which is a half-hour’s drive from Grassington.

Last year, All Creatures Great And Small was renewed for a third and fourth series.

On the double series order, Sebastian Cardwell, Channel 5 said: ‘It is clear that our viewers adore James Herriot’s adventures in Darrowby and so do we at Channel 5.

‘I am looking forward to us all being reunited with the Skeldale House family when series three arrives on our screens this year.’

Events on the base threatened to keep the couple apart however and he eventually abandoned his work responsibilites in favour of being with his wife

Events on the base threatened to keep the couple apart however and he eventually abandoned his work responsibilites in favour of being with his wife

Sadly he ended up missing the birth of their baby but Helen was overjoyed to see him return

Sadly he ended up missing the birth of their baby but Helen was overjoyed to see him return

Viewers took to X/ Twitter to react to the moment with one writing: 'A nother heartwarming episode of#ACGAS Christmas special'

Viewers took to X/ Twitter to react to the moment with one writing: ‘A nother heartwarming episode of#ACGAS Christmas special’

Executive Producer Louise Pedersen, CEO of All3Media International, commented: ‘All Creatures Great and Small has proven to be a perfect tonic for audiences around the world seeking a top quality production with a warm and positive view of the world.

‘We are pleased to be able to offer these further series to build the brand globally.’

On the announcement of a third and fourth series, Jim Wight and Rosie Page, Alf Wight’s children said: ‘For many years the books of James Herriot have provided a source of comfort to tens of thousands of people worldwide at difficult times in their lives.

‘With this recent adaptation of his books, a new generation has been introduced to the joys of the Herriot stories.

‘We are delighted that there are to be at least two more series of All Creatures Great and Small, and we are especially pleased that the same excellent actors and producers are to be involved.’

Never out of print, the books have become a global cultural phenomenon with devoted fans around the world.

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