Nicholas Ralph of All Creatures Great and Small talks about putting a dog to sleep on set.


Nicholas Ralph of All Creatures Great and Small on knocking out a dog on set.

Nicolas Ralph and co-star Rachel Shenton of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL discussed the realities of working with real animals on set.

After an emotional finale, Channel Five’s hit farming series All Creatures Great and Small will soon return to screens.

As the third installment of the series approaches, stars Nicholas Ralph and Rachel Shenton opened up about working with animals and shared some of their funniest moments.

All Creatures Great and Small is the most recent adaptation of Alf Wight’s James Herriot series of books about a Yorkshire veterinarian.

The series followed James Herriot (Nicholas Raph) as he moved to Yorkshire to work with Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) at his Skeldale House veterinary practice.

In the most recent season, James fell in love with Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) and proposed to her.

While working with animals may appear to be a dream come true for some, the stars revealed the realities of working with unpredictable creatures.

Nicholas and Rachel shared their most hilarious experience working with the dogs on set in an episode of the Talkshire podcast.

“I was running in Arncliffe around the back of Skeldale house with Ernie, he’s galloping beside me,” the James Herriot star recalled.

“When we get into the driveway, it’s all stone chips, and he just clears my legs out from under me because he’s galloping around like a young, carefree dog.”

“Boom, my legs were gone, the camera was beside the car, so all you saw was me dip down then reappear as I caught my feet at the right time, but that was funny.”

“This year the Alderson’s have gotten a new dog, little Scruff – real name Bobby,” Rachel said of her funniest behind-the-scenes memory from season two.

“She’s stunning, but she’s also very nice, so it’s a bit like Russian roulette in that you never know what you’re going to get.”

“I recall one scene in the kitchen where Jenny (Imogen Clawson) and I were cooking, and you could see the realization on her face that ‘oh it’s real food on the table.’

“She’d get up and try to steal a piece of bacon in every scene,” the actress explained, “then we’d cut, reset, and try to keep her away.” In the end, they just had to roll with it.

As a result, Nicholas.

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