The Crimson Field – Episode 6

Joan is hauled up on a charge of aiding the enemy and faces a possible lifetime in prison, and her actions send ripples through the hospital.


Desperate to protect Anton, Joan tries to deflect the questions, even as Purbright arrives to drive them home harder. Meanwhile, the hospital is awash with the news of Joan’s treachery and Roland is directly in the firing line, accused of letting the rules slide and bringing the RAMC into disrepute. His position rests on a knife edge as old enemies close in.

Kitty’s wracked with guilt that she knew about Joan but didn’t stop her, and fears for her own position. She’s desperate for someone to trust, but will it be Thomas or Miles that she turns to?

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The Crimson Field – Episode 5

Grace finds herself threatened by Colonel Ballard, an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander of a Sikh regiment, while Joan still waits anxiously for news from her fiancé.

It seems Colonel Ballard would rather be with his men than at rest within the calm sanctuary of the wards, yet when Grace reveals knowledge of Punjabi and an upbringing in India, the Colonel is temporarily calmed. As Grace tries to discover what’s made him so heated, another soldier, Private Gorman, seems focused on riling him further. Will Grace be able to unlock Ballard’s secret before Gorman provokes him into a very dangerous game?

Flora decides the volunteers should put on some entertainment to raise spirits, but as the pressure mounts, so do Flora’s nerves. Meanwhile, Joan is still waiting for news from her fiancé and Jaco calls her to an illicit meeting, sparking a series of events which draws Joan into danger, risking her profession and potentially her life… Continue reading ‘The Crimson Field – Episode 5’ »

The Crimson Field – Episode 4

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As the hospital staff gather at a funeral for some of the patients, Joan is in agony not knowing whether her fiancé is alive or dead. Rosalie has previously seen the ring and she now watches Joan intently. Is the truth about to come to light?
Joan’s spirits are lifted by the arrival of 13 Tommies from her home town of Liverpool – known as ‘The Lucky 13.’ Joan has a fondness for these men whose united spirit has given them a belief that if they all stick together, none of them will die. However, Joan discovers that one of them is much sicker than she thought, and finds herself the victim of blackmail.

Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty, but when she gets a shocking summons to meet with a mysterious figure from home it’s Miles who comes to her aid. Will Kitty Continue reading ‘The Crimson Field – Episode 4’ »

The Crimson Field – Episode 3

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Thomas wrestles with a growing attraction to Kitty, and Joan reveals a dark secret to one of her patients.

While Thomas may not be making much headway with Kitty, he is having more success on the wards with a pioneering wound-irrigation system. Thomas’s test subject is doing well but a fellow surgeon of the old-school, Major Yelland, is dismissive of his techniques and seems determined to bully him. Will Miles be able to placate his increasingly riled friend?

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The Crimson Field – Episode 2

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The volunteer nurses settle into life at the hospital, but Kitty keeps herself at a distance and it’s clear to Grace that something is deeply troubling her.

Despite struggling with some personal problems of her own, Kitty throws herself into her work, helping new patients Major Crecy and Private Byeford. Crecy awakens from the brink of death but still badly wounded to find his troops have been decimated. Traumatised by war Crecy fears he will never be able to return to his old life. Beside Crecy lies Private Shoemaker and his Jamaican father who grapples with the heart-breaking reality that his son who defied the odds by enlisting may soon pay the ultimate price.

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The Crimson Field to be released 19 May 2014


The Crimson Field [DVD]

Product Description

In a British base hospital near the front, a team of doctors, nurses and VADs are working together to heal the bodies and souls of the men in their care. This hospital on the coast of France is a frontier between two worlds: between the trenches and the home front, between the old rules, regulations, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking.

Written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist) and starring Oona Chaplin (The Hour), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Marianne Oldham (WPC 56) this is the story of World War One’s front line medics – their love affairs, professional triumphs, personal tragedies, fears and hopes as they fight for the future.

The Crimson Field – Episode 1

Sunday 6 April | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC ONE

Sarah Phelps’ epic new drama The Crimson Field follows the lives of a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers who work together in a tented field hospital healing the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.

In the first episode, Kitty Trevelyan tries to put the troubles of her past behind her as she joins two other girls, Flora Marshall and Rosalie Berwick, to volunteer at one of the busiest war hospitals in Northern France.

For the hospital workers, it’s a daily battle Continue reading ‘The Crimson Field – Episode 1’ »

New drama for BBC One – The Crimson Field

The Crimson Field

Sarah Phelps’s gripping new drama presents one of the Great War’s untold stories. In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.

The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and home front, but also between the old rules, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking.

In the first episode, Kitty Trevelyan tries to put the troubles of her past behind her as she joins two other girls, Flora Marshall and Rosalie Berwick, to volunteer at one of the busiest war hospitals in Northern France.

For the hospital workers, it’s a daily battle to patch the men up and keep the war machine churning. Staff numbers are low and the volunteers are desperately needed, yet there are some who see these women as more of a threat than a lifeline.

It’s not just the girls who Continue reading ‘New drama for BBC One – The Crimson Field’ »

Writer and creator Sarah Phelps on The Crimson Field

How did The Crimson Field come about?

All of this came about because we were filming Great Expectations which I’d adapted, and Anne Pivcevic (executive producer) and Sarah Barton said ‘we want to talk to you about a book’ – and I said ‘great.’ And the book was The Roses Of No Man’s Land by Lyn MacDonald, which is a history of nursing during the First World War, and this was the starting point for a lot of other research and reading, which became the foundation, the idea of nurses – military nurses and volunteer nurses – in the First World War.

And the untold stories of women who were in France or all over the theatre of conflict as it were, both at home and overseas, and just being able to tell different stories about the War from a woman’s perspective, and what it was actually like to nurse the men – the soldiers in the First World War.

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Suranne Jones plays Sister Joan Livesey

How did you initially become involved with The Crimson Field?

I was doing a play called Beautiful Thing and we were at The Arts Theatre in London, and I’d got this script – I’d been in a play whilst also filming before and I’d promised myself that I was going to have a break.

I read the script and I thought it was beautiful. I knew Sarah Phelps’s work before – I’d auditioned for Great Expectations a long time ago – and I didn’t get the job but I did get this so that’s all right!

When I got to the audition, lovely David Evans was there who’s our first director, and who directed me in Unforgiven. I just kind of went for it in the audition, I thought it was a beautiful script and when I left I said good luck with it and I’d definitely watch it – and then I got the call! It’s my first period drama so that’s exciting too.

Why was the time right now to be involved in a period drama? Continue reading ‘Suranne Jones plays Sister Joan Livesey’ »