Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small remake arrived on September 1st but fans have been left wondering if James Herriot was Scottish.

It’s always a fascinating and contentious moment when a classic film or TV series is remade.

Fans are often sceptical of any changes that are made and it can be tough to win over everyone.

Surprisingly, opening episode of Channel 5’s 2020 remake of All Creatures Great and Small has managed to win favour with many who tuned in on September 1st.

However, there’s one aspect about the new series that fans can’t quite get their head around, Nicholas Ralph’s, leaving many asking if James Herriot was Scottish.


The All Creatures Great and Small remake made its debut on Channel 5 on September 1st, 2020.

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The six-episode series revisits the tale of acclaimed veterinarian James Herriot and his exploits with his friends and colleagues, Siegfried and Tristan Farnon.

In episode 1, James is invited for an interview at Siegreid’s Yorkshire-based vet surgery and must learn the ropes quickly in what is a tough but rewarding line of work.

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Introducing Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot

Taking on the role of the legendary veterinarian, James Herriot, is acting newcomer Nicholas Ralph.

Nicholas Ralph is a Scottish-born actor from Nairn in the Highlands.

Unbelievably, All Creatures Great and Small is his first professional acting role after graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017.

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Was James Herriot Scottish?

Casting a Scot as someone famed for living in Yorkshire may seem like a strange move but it’s actually the right call.

That’s because the real James Herriot, James Alfred Wight – although born in Sunderland in 1916 – lived in Glasgow for the entirety of his childhood and early adult life, moving to England in 1940 at the age of 23 after qualifying as a veterinary surgeon in Glasgow the year before.

While Wight may have been English, thanks to growing up in Glasgow, he did end up having a Scottish accent.

So yes, while James Herriot’s Scottish accent in Channel 5’s All Creatures may seem like a strange change, it’s actually more accurate than the original BBC series.

All Creatures Great and Small continues on Channel 5 on Tuesday evenings until the six-episode series is expected to come to an end on October 6th.

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