WORK is well underway to transform a Dales town taking it back to the 1930s in preparation for filming of the latest All Creatures Great and Small series.

The first season was such a big hit for Channel 5 they commissioned a second season despite the problems of Covid-19 and the lockdown.

The Yorkshire Dales town of Grassington is the home of world famous vet James Herriot in the series. The show is based on the iconic books by author Alf Wight, from Thirsk, who immortalised the life of a country vet in rural Britain through his books.

Production company Playground are currently busy preparing the town and the people for filming during spring. For the cast they'll be seeing the area in a new light, they filmed the first series before the pandemic in the autumn and winter of 2019.

Ralph Hedley, who plays vet James Herriot said he was overwhelmed by the area. "It looks like a painting with sheep scattered around and stone walls, and fabulous landscapes."

Sam West, who plays Siegfried Farnon, added: "It is truly something else in all weathers and all lights, stunning."

Dates for release of the new six part series with a Christmas special have not been released but are due in the autumn.