All Creatures Great and Small casts Patricia Hodge as Mrs Pumphrey following the death of Dame Diana Rigg

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The character will continue to be a big part of life in Darrowby.
Miranda star Patricia Hodge has joined the cast of Channel 5's All Creatures Great and Small in the role of Mrs Pumphrey, following the death of Dame Diana Rigg last year.

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Based on the beloved novels by author James Herriot, the television series takes place in the 1930s and follows the inhabitants of a quaint Yorkshire village called Darrowby.

Mrs Pumphrey is one of many locals Herriot encounters as a vet, instantly recognisable by her pet dog Tricki Woo and larger-than-life personality.

Dame Diana Rigg portrayed her in the show's first series but sadly passed away in September 2020 following a battle with lung cancer, with the All Creatures team deciding to recast the role rather than write out the character completely.

Executive producer Sir Colin Callender CBE said: "We were deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Diana Rigg who will always be a treasured member of the All Creatures family.

"Mrs Pumphrey and her overly indulged Pekingese, Tricki Woo, are such iconic and cherished characters in Herriot's world and we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Patricia Hodge who will join the company as Mrs Pumphrey for series…
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