Playground´s "All creatures great and small" to have seasons five and six

Each will consist of 6 episodes lasting 60 minutes, along with Christmas specials. They have been commissioned by Channel 5 and co-produced by Masterpiece in association with All3Media International.

26 FEB 2024

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All3Media International confirmed a double commission of series 5 and 6 of its series "All Creatures Great and Small." The title is based on best-selling author James Herriot's collection of stories; the critically acclaimed adaptation from Playground company will return for two series consisting of six episodes (6 x 60") each, plus Christmas Specials. They have been commissioned by the UK's Channel 5 and co-produced by Masterpiece (PBS in the US) in association with All3Media International.

The show has become a staple in the Channel 5 schedule, continuing to be the channel's most popular series. Series 4, which aired in October 2023, saw 4.4 million viewers tune in across the series run, and the series grew its audience share further. The series will continue to bring the stories of James Herriot to life as we return to Darrowby to rejoin our unconventional much loved Skeldale Family and the colorful ensemble of farmers, animals, and townsfolk living in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1940s.

Sir Colin Callender CBE, Executive Producer and CEO of Playground, focused on specific moral guidelines around the plot of the series: "Kindness and decency are increasingly rare qualities these days, so it is a blessing to be able to return to the sanctuary of Skeldale House and James Herriot's beloved characters who represent all that is the best in us. There are no villains in 'All Creatures' - just everyday folk trying to get through the day with dignity with the help of a supportive community, family, and friends. It's a lesson for modern times," explained.

Susanne Simpson, Executive Producer for Masterpiece, expressed great satisfaction with the continuity of the series: "It is such a joy to share the news of two more seasons of 'All Creatures Great and Small.' The Masterpiece audience has come to treasure this heart-warming series. We're also particularly happy to welcome back Callum Woodhouse as Tristan to this incredible ensemble of actors," she noted.

Executive Producer Louise Pedersen, CEO of All3Media International, also manifested joy about the growth of the brand: "The heartwarming, escapist viewing offered by 'All Creatures Great and Small' has charmed audiences around the world, so I am delighted Playground's joyful stories, will return for a fifth and sixth series as we continue to grow this brand globally," she highlighted.