Throwing Sam under the bus All Creatures Great and Smalls Tristan star details mishap

All Creatures Great and Small: Samuel West teases future series

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Channel 5’s hit series All Creatures Great and Small is set to return for its third season later in 2022 and will see the team back together. Going into 1939, Seigfried Farnon (played by Samuel West), James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) and the rest of the residents at Skeldale house have to contend with the looming war. Tristan Farnon actor Callum Woodhouse recently opened up about what it is like working with the animals on the series and detailed a mishap between Samuel and their dog actor Derek.

Straight from the books and the BBC adaptation of the show, Mrs Pumphrey and her dog Tricki Woo were implanted into the Channel 5 series.

Tricki Woo is a long-haired Pekingese who lives on caviar, roast beef, trifle and brandy, often causing issues for Siegfried and being a best friend to Tristan.

During the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival, the team touched on their love for Derek, the dog who plays Tricki Woo.

Producer Melissa Gallant was pleased with the reception Derek received and said: “It is really nice to talk about Derek he is such a star.”

Callum went on to praise his “professionalism” and revealed a particular story that may have landed him in trouble with Samuel.

He explained that in the first series, he spent a lot of time with Derek but recently found a new friend in Seigfried: “He is starting to spend a lot of time with Seigfried, and it’s put my nose out of joint a little bit.

“I tended to be Derek in series one like barking down the phone, but Derek, who plays Tricki, is a class act, he is professional.

“There is a story that I always tell, but I am sort of throwing Sam under the bus, but he’s not here.

“There was this scene where the action was, Sam was meant to walk into the kitchen, Derek follows him in, and then Sam walks into the scullery, and Derek follows him, and he’s like, ‘Oh, this dog keeps following me around.’

“So, Sam walked into the kitchen, Derek followed him and then Sam had forgotten what he had to do next, and Derek just looked up at him and then walked into the scullery.

“Sam was like, ‘Oh my god, this dog knows what he is doing better than I do!'” Callum laughed.

The series is heavily centred around a multitude of animals, with Seigfried, James and Tristan all being on hand to help when needed.

During the event, Melissa explained that there was a lot of planning that went on behind the scenes when it came to filming with the animals, making sure they were comfortable.

Speaking on how they prepare the animals, she explained: “Cows are herd animals, so if you are filming with a cow onset, it has got to have a friend around the corner, or they will just moo and call.

“We had to put blackouts around the barn for the pregnant cows to get them used to cameras and people, and we are being respectful of their needs.

“You can’t do anything to an animal that isn’t necessary for it, so even a vet wanting to do something that is nothing wrong with it, so we can’t do it.”

Callum interjected and passionately explained: “The laws had just changed about that before we started.

“Our producer said he wanted the first season of the show to redefine the rules on filming with animals and how we do it, and I certainly believe we have done that.”

For season three, change is afoot for all the residents of Darrowby, pushing their limits to the maximum but not without bringing them together.

The change is especially hard for James and Helen, who are embarking on the next chapter of their lives as the wider world around them heads toward a period of great uncertainty.

All Creatures Great and Small returns later in 2022 on Channel 5.

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