All Creatures Great and Small’s Helen could leave Darrowby as star hints at her future

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Helen (played by Rachel Shenton) is preparing to marry her fiancé Hugh (Matthew Lewis) on Christmas Day but the night before, she starts to get cold feet as she escapes the chatter of wedding to help vet James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) when he gets a call out. Fans know James is pining for Helen but does she feel the same and will he profess his love for her?

Helen and Hugh’s relationship hasn’t been the most romantic with the pair growing up together in Darrowby.

It looked like newcomer James could woo her as the pair struck up a friendship when he arrived in the village but as Helen was in a relationship with Hugh, he held his tongue.

When James could no longer take it, he decided it was time to let Helen know how he really felt.

But, before he could, Hugh got down on one knee and proposed with Helen happily accepting.

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However, as the big day approaches James struggles to keep his feelings for Helen hidden while she begins to doubt her feelings for Hugh.

Actress Rachel has teased Helen’s wedding day could prompt her to make a life-changing decision as she reevaluates her future in Darrowby.

Speaking to press including Express.co.uk, Rachel commented: “There’s such a lot going on for Helen.

“I think her emotions are so complex and I think honestly it might be the first time she’s ever really thought about what she wants.

“Hugh and Helen got together when they were super young, they’ve kind of grown up together, and then their lives got really serious really quickly.

“They both lost parents, Hugh inherited the estate, she looked after the farm and her family.

“So they never really had a romantic courtship or any sort of exploration of their relationship, really.

“So you cut to a proposal, and I think it’s overwhelming.”

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When Helen escapes a Christmas party to help James with a call out to help a distressed dog who is struggling to birth her puppies, she begins to think about what she really wants from life – could that be a life with James?

“There’s just such a lot going on,” Rachel shared.

“And I think she’s forced to really think about that for possibly the first time, because she’s a real head-down, crack-on kind of girl.”

Rachel continued that Helen starts to realise she doesn’t have to put her family first, sometimes, she can think about herself.

“I think it’s the assumed trajectory of a relationship especially then and when you’ve been together for such a long time, it’s kind of what everyone’s expecting,” the actress noted.

“And he’s great! They’ve got a lovely relationship, they get on very well, and he’s more than eligible.

“It makes sense to marry Hugh. But yeah, there’s just something, isn’t there?”

Fans will have to wait and see if Helen marries Hugh, if James declares his love for Helen, or if Helen decides to leave Darrowby to start a new life elsewhere.

All Creatures Great and Small airs tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm.

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