All Creatures Great and Small's James Herriot star addresses 'oversight' with character


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All Creatures Great and Small follows the life of Scottish vet James Herriot during the 1930s as he moves to a small Yorkshire town. Channel 5 viewers were thrilled when James proposed to Helen Alderson (played by Rachel Shenton) in the last series but he assumed she would be happy to move into Skeldale House to start a family. James actor Nicholas has admitted his character may have not thought his living situation through.

In a classic episode of Masterpiece Studio’s Stories with host Jace Lacob, Nicholas opened up about his character’s romance with Helen. 

At the end of season two, Helen was not keen on leaving the family farm after James thought she would want to move into Skeldale House.

The pair eventually decided to try and settle into Skeldale House, but it looked like it would take Helen a long time to adjust. 

Looking forward to the upcoming season of All Creatures Great and Small, which is due to land on screens this winter, Jace told Nicholas: “I do love the thought of James and Helen moving into his tiny bedroom at Skeldale House. 

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The actor said there is naivety to his character who feels as long as he is with Helen, everything will be all right. 

“That doesn’t matter where they are staying or where they are at,” Nicholas added. 

“They naively think, ‘As long as we are together we will be all right.’

“And that is the case, but at the same time they ought to know where they are going to live – it’s quite a useful thing to talk about.” 


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