All Creatures Great and Small’s Callum Woodhouse: 'Playing Tristan makes me happy!'

Callum Woodhouse as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small

Callum Woodhouse on making his debut in All Creatures Great and Small as cheeky vet Tristan

As The Durrells’ Leslie, Callum Woodhouse was surrounded by animals on Corfu. Now, he’s among furry and feathered friends again, this time in Yorkshire, in new period drama All Creatures Great and Small as laidback vet Tristan Farnon, the charming younger brother of grouchy vet Siegfried (Samuel West).

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Here, Callum Woodhouse tells us more about his role as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small…

What’s your take on Tristan (who arrives in the second episode)?

Callum Woodhouse: “It's nice playing Tristan because he's such a carefree, optimistic character and I get home happy and feeling good. When they lost their father, Siegfried took over that role with Tristan. But Tristan is constantly letting Siegfried down and disappointing him. It seems like water off a duck's back with Tristan but it does play on his mind.”

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How do the animals in All Creatures Great and Small compare to the ones on The Durrells?

CW: “I feel well versed with animals! Our producer said at the very start, ‘We want this show to be the benchmark for how you treat animals in television shows.’ They have been great. The ones on The Durrells like the pelicans were much more aggressive. They freak you out more than a cow. But the dogs are my favourite co-stars!”

Peter Davison had some amazing outfits when he played Tristan in the original series. How have you found Tristan’s style?

CW: “On Pinterest, someone had done an entire page on all of Tristan’s tank tops. I wondered if I’d get some decent knitwear too! By my look is based on a photo of our makeup artist’s grandad in the 1930s where he is looking very cool on the beach with this big quiff!

Tristan Siegfried and James in All Creatures Great and Small

Tristan, James and Siegfried have a busy schedule in All Creatures Great and Small (Image credit: Channel 5)

Have you enjoyed working opposite Samuel?

CW: “Oh he is incredible. I've watched him for years and was so excited when I realised that I would be getting to do scenes with him and I was absolutely not disappointed. He's just so funny and a joy to work with.”

And have you bonded with Nicholas Ralph who plays James Herriot?

CW: “Absolutely. Peter Davison and Christopher Timothy [who played James in the original series] now do Great British Car Journeys together on C4. And Nicholas and I want our own version now. We want a bit of that!”

All Creatures Great and Small continues on Tuesday at 9pm on Channel 5

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.