All Creatures Great and Small star on Siegfried’s ‘difficult’ past

All Creatures Great and Small: Shenton shares ‘insight’

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All Creatures Great and Small star Samuel West has opened up on the troubling past his character Siegfried Farnon endured before being portrayed on the Channel 5 drama. The actor who plays the beloved vet on the show also opened up on his own feelings towards playing the intriguing character.

Samuel gave fans of the Channel 5 drama an idea of what made his character Siegfried what he is in the show.

Speaking to the press ahead of season three of the wartime drama, he reflected: “I think the great pleasure of playing a character for three years, particularly one that’s been as well researched and set up by Ben Vanstone, is the things that happen.

“Sometimes it’s like they were behind a very thin curtain, you couldn’t quite see clearly and then you go ‘yes of course I’m like that, of course that makes absolute sense’.

“I think that’s true of a lot of the revelations that we get.”

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Samuel revealed: “We know from the first series that Siegfried had a difficult first war, as many people did.

“We know that he has a special love for horses, and overall, prefers the average horse to the average person.”

“And I think that might seem a little strange to people who don’t know – people are not horses.”

He reflected: “I suppose that means I’m getting more into character too, because quite a lot of things about some of his character arcs, they just seem totally reasonable to me.”

The third season of the drama is set against the backdrop of the looming Second World War in the Yorkshire Dales.

James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph), is fresh from tying the knot to Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) and is asked by Siegfried to step up.

Siegfried appoints him as a business partner which is the perfect news following James’s wedding.

The ambitious veterinary practitioner looks to embrace his new role by trying to push the new bovine TB testing scheme.

However, his progress is stunted as he has to learn some tough and often unfair lessons in the role.

The period drama follows the Skeldale House clinic and the tribulations that follow a nation about to go to war.

Siegfried is forced to take in an understudy, which much to everyone’s surprise goes really well considering his usual tough-love approach to humans.

He is asked to take Andrew (Austin Haynes) under his wing on work experience and teach him all he needs to know about treating animals.

Samuel’s character begins the series stoney-faced and clearly upset due to the death of a friend who he served with during the First World War

However, his new prodigy offers some light at the end of the third instalment of the show.

Fans will be excited to learn his story will continue to be adapted from James Herriot’s novels for a fourth season.

There is also a Christmas special to air in December on Channel 5 too.

All Creatures Great And Small returns in December on Channel 5

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