FILMING for All Creatures Great and Small has been taking place in Grassington this week - much to the delight of fans of the feel-good television series.

Channel 5 announced in January that a third and fourth series of the hit television programme, based on the best selling books of James Herriot, about the life of a Dales vet, would be made.

As with the first two series, the last of which attracted an average 4.1 million viewers per episode, there will be six episodes and a Christmas special included in each of the new series.

Much of the programme is filmed in Grassington, Arncliffe, Yockenthwaite and at Broughton Hall, Skipton.

Grassington is transformed into 1930s Darrowby for the series, with The Devonshire used as The Drovers Arms; The Stripey Badger book shop, GF Endleby's greengrocers, and The Rustic Rabbit gift shop, Higgins Bakery.

Yockenthwaite Farm is used as the family home of Helen Alderson, wife to be of James Herriot; while Broughton Hall is the stately home of Mrs Pumphrey, played by Patricia Hodge, and her pampered Pekingese, Tricky- Woo.

Returning for the third series is Nicholas Ralph as vet James Herriot, and Samuel West as his mentor Siegfried Farnon. Anna Madeley returns as Mrs Hall, the matriarch of Skeldale House, home of the veterinary practice, while Callum Woodhouse is Siegfried’s slowly maturing brother Tristan. Rachel Shenton returns as farmer Helen Alderson.