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How to watch All Creatures Great and Small online anywhere in the world

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Here's how to watch Channel 5's adaptation of the classic vet drama...

All Creatures Great and Small has returned to our screens with Channel 5 giving the legendary 1970s vet drama a new look. And here's how to watch All Creatures Great and Small online from anywhere.

The series, which started on Tuesday 1st September and is being shown on Tuesdays at 9pm, is based on the best-selling books by real life Yorkshire vet Alf Wright, who wrote under the pen-name James Herriot.

The series also includes a special Christmas episode and has been filmed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Alf Wright's first book being published. And All Creatures Great and Small season 2 (opens in new tab) is on the way!

All Creatures Great and Small Rachel Shenton and Nicholas Ralph and Helen and James

Helen and James takes a shine to each other in All Creatures Great and Small (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Ed Miller)

Actor Nicholas Ralph takes on the role of country vet James, stepping into the shoes of Christopher Timothy, who fans of the original series will remember played the legendary vet the first time around.

Along with Nicholas Ralph playing vet James, former Hollyoaks star Rachel Shenton stars as farmer's daughter Helen Alderson, who is set to have a romantic link with James.

Also in the cast is Mr Selfridge actor Samuel West, playing the role of Siegfried Farnon, who runs the Skeldale House veterinary practice.

Callum Woodhouse, better known as Leslie in the ITV comedy drama The Durrells, also appears from episode two (opens in new tab). He will be playing the role of Siegfried's younger brother, Tristan. "It’s nice playing Tristan because he’s such a carefree, optimistic character and I get home happy and feeling good," Callum tells us.

Meanwhile Anna Madeley, best known for her roles in Deadwater Fell and The Royal, plays the housekeeper Mrs Hall, and the late acting great, Diana Rigg, plays Mrs Pumphrey.

Diana sadly recently passed away at the age of 82, making All Creatures Great and Small one of the last things she filmed.

The storyline follows newly-qualified vet James as he leaves his home in Glasgow to start working for head vet Siegfried in the fictional Yorkshire village of Darrowby.

Don't miss out on the drama - here's how to watch All Creatures Great and Small online even if you're not in the UK.

How to watch All Creatures Great and Small online in the UK for free 

All Creatures Great and Small is a six-part series and started on Channel 5 on Tuesday 1st September at 9pm.

The series is being shown each Tuesday evening as hour long episodes, and from the UK you will be able to catch up on missed episodes via the Channel 5 streaming service, My5.

My5 is available of a huge array of devices including mobile phones, Amazon Fire Sticks, PS4, NowTV and Roku, and of course, online at

There are six episodes of the series, meaning the series finale should air in October.

How to watch All Creatures Great and Small online from abroad 

There is a handy way to watch your favourite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it is called VPN.

This lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favourite TV shows even if you're away from home.

But which VPN will suit your needs best?

Our favourite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favourite TV show on.

From laptops to a Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick and games consoles to a mobile phone, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location.

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the best out there. Not only because it is straightforward and easy to use, but it also has great security and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

This is the number one rated VPN in the world right now and as well as trying it out for free for a month, you can sign up for an annual plan and get 3 months absolutely free.

How to watch All Creatures Great and Small in the US  

Fans of the series will be able to watch the new series in America on PBS, the British television channel from America's Public Broadcasting Service. Sadly the series won't be airing until 2021.

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James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph) (Image credit: Matt Squire)

How to watch All Creatures Great and Small in Ireland 

While there are no plans to show All Creatures Great and Small in Ireland at the moment, we will update you if that changes.

How to watch All Creatures Great and Small in Australia  

As above, no home for All Creatures Great and Small has been announced Down Under, but watch this space.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

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As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.