Filming for All Creatures Great And Small season four has begun.
In first look photographs, Rachel Shenton wrapped up warm in a camouflage print coat between takes on the set of the Channel 5 drama in Yorkshire.
The Hollyoaks actress, who plays Helen Herriot, did not let the weather dampen her spirits on Thursday, as she looked delighted to be back on set.
While Rachel kept cosy in the camo coat, which boasted a bright pink lining, she strolled along in black tights and a pair of furry boots.
Her co-star Anna Madeley – who returns as the matriarch of Skeldale House, Mrs Hall – wore a long black coat, with a bright pink hair net.
It’s back! In first look photographs, Rachel Shenton wrapped up warm in a camouflage print coat between takes on the set of All Creatures Great And Small, in Yorkshire on Thursday
Happy: The Hollyoaks actress, who plays Helen Herriot, did not let the weather dampen her spirits as she looked delighted to be back on set
Cosy: While Rachel kept cosy in the camo coat, which boasted a bright pink lining, she strolled along in black tights and a pair of furry boots
They were joined by actor Keith Hyland and Samuel West, who is back as co-owner of Skeldale House, Siegfried Farnon.
Set during World War II, the show is based on the memoirs of vet Alf Wight – written under the pen name James Herriot.
The period drama follows the life of veterinarian James, who has moved to the Yorkshire village of Darrowby in 1930s England.
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.
In season three, Helen Alderson tied the knot with her on-screen husband James Herriot (played by actor Nicholas Ralph).
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.
Between takes: Her co-star Anna Madeley – who returns as the matriarch of Skeldale House, Mrs Hall – wore a long black coat, with a bright pink hair net
Cute: The actress had a chat with a member of the crew who wore the same jacket at Rachel
Braving the cold: Between scenes, Rachel and Anna wore big warm coats over their period costumes
Filming underway: They were joined by actor Keith Hyland
Back at it: Samuel West is back as co-owner of Skeldale House, Siegfried Farnon
‘I am looking forward to us all being reunited with the Skeldale House family when series three arrives on our screens this year.’
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.
Off-duty: The cast and crew chatted between takes on the set in Yorkshire
Happy days: The actresses looked at ease and delighted to be back filming
Stunning set: Actor Samuel strolled though a field of sheep
‘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.
With a sharp focus on the importance of community, James’ world and spirit is a very much needed antidote to the challenges of our modern times, transporting viewers to a gentle past, populated with wonderfully observed characters.
All Creatures Great And Small will return to Channel 5 in the UK and PBS’ Masterpiece streaming service in the US soon.
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