Season 4 of All Creatures Great and Small marked the show's first outing without Tristan Farnon, after he was called up to serve in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in last year's Christmas special.


It was a disappointing development for fans of the show, with many expressing their hope that he'll return sooner rather than later.

But sadly, actor Callum Woodhouse didn't feature in this year's festive episode (Thursday 21st December) – and it was also hinted that we probably won't see him for quite some time, given that Siegfried, who was clearly missing Tristan, has offered new vet student Richard Carmody his brother's old room.

"He shan't be using it for a while," he said.

The newcomer had grown on the patriarch of Skeldale House, but in typical Siegfried fashion he refused to admit anything of the sort.

"Because it's convenient," he added. "You can answer the night calls. But keep your hands off my whisky, especially the good stuff."

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It's unsurprising that Tristan isn't due back anytime soon, given that the Second World War hasn't yet reached the halfway point, but Woodhouse did share a photo on Instagram of his last day of filming, which was captioned, "Over and out for now," which indicates that we've not seen the last of him.

But it looks unlikely that he'll appear in the currently unconfirmed fifth season.

James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph), Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton), Tristan Farnon (Callum Woodhouse), Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West) and Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) in All Creatures Great and Small gathered in front of a house, smiling into camera
All Creatures Great and Small.

Speaking previously about the impact of Tristan's absence on the characters, Nicholas Ralph, who plays James, said: "We miss Tristan a lot.

"And James in particular, he's his best friend. He's his brother in the surrogate family, so he's hugely proud of him for becoming his own man, spreading his wings and getting out from underneath Siegfried's watchful eye."

And naturally, the cast also missed working alongside Woodhouse.

"The character James misses Tris, but also we missed Cal on set and hanging out," Ralph added. "He's a wonderful, wonderful actor."

Rachel Shenton, who stars as Helen, said: "He's still in the WhatsApp group sending pictures of the dogs [laughs]."

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