All Creatures Great and Small’s Callum Woodhouse faced ‘difficult job’ playing Tristan

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All Creatures Great and Small returned to Channel 5 with its second season and this is the second time the story has been adapted for TV. The series is based on the books by renowned Yorkshire vet, Alf Wight, better known as James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph). Wight’s son, Jim, opened up about the difficulty Callum Woodhouse faced playing Tristan.

All Creatures Great and Small is one of Channel 5’s most successful shows of all time.

The uplifting series has provided the perfect opportunity for escapism for viewers across the world.

Wight’s stories were adapted for a BBC series of the same name back in the late 70s.

Tristan Farnon was a representation of the real Brian Sinclair, the younger brother of Wight’s boss, Donald.

Jim Wight said young actor Woodhouse had big shoes to fill when he took on the role for the latest adaptation.

Writing in the book titled The World of All Creatures Great and Small, he said: “Callum Woodhouse plays Tristan really well.

“And has a difficult job being compared to Peter Davison in the role for the BBC.

“Like Peter, though, he gets well into the character of Tristan, real name Brian Sinclair, and a man I knew well.

“The wayward and fun-loving younger brother of Seigfried is brought to life on the screen.”

Woodhouse explained how “easy” his job was to play Tristan due to his characteristics.

He told Masterpiece: “It’s easy: Just how upbeat he is, how optimistic, and so joyful he is as a character.

“I’ve never been lucky enough to play a character like that yet in my career.

“And just getting to work every morning and night, getting to the place that I’d have to be in to play Tristan would always put me in the best mood.

“Even if I’d gotten out of bed on the wrong side that morning because he’s constantly so upbeat and happy.”

What helped was his genuine relationship with co-star Nicholas Ralph, who plays James in the series.

Tristan and James have a special bond as they have a mutual understanding of Siegfried’s (Samuel West) ways.

James is also like Seigfried’s second younger brother, whom he takes under his wing.

Tristan and James grow close and enjoy having a laugh together, and it is very much the same off-screen.

Woodhouse said he clicked with Ralph almost immediately and they are close friends behind the scenes.

The 27-year-old actor is also known for playing Leslie Durrell in all four seasons of The Durrells.

He also starred in ITV’s Cold Feet and an episode of BBC One drama Father Brown.

On his Instagram page, he said it had been “a complete honour” to bring Tristan back to life.

Fan appeltofftskan commented: “The best Tristan Farnon I’ve ever seen! Thank you, you were marvelous!”

All.skincare.natural.and.vegan said: “Never liked the original Tristan that much! You’re amazing!”

All Creatures Great and Small is available to watch on My5. Season 2 airs on Acorn TV from November 22.

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