The Crimson Field: interview with creator & writer Sarah Phelps


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The Crimson Field is a new compelling & emotional First World War Drama Series currently broadcasting on BBC One. Marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, this gripping 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.

Watch our interview with Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist), creator and writer of The Crimson Field:

Writersroom interview with Sarah Phelps

Sarah talks about the development process of The Crimson Field, the extensive research she had to do and some of the challenges involved. She talks about why it was so important to pen women’s experiences of the First World War, her writing process and mantra – “plot is simple, character is complex”, and some techniques she uses to develop her characters.

The Crimson Field continues on BBC One, on Sunday at 9pm. Catch up on BBC iPlayer.

More on The Crimson Field:

BBC Media Centre: Sarah Phelps Interview

BBC TV Blog: Production Designer, Cristina Casali, on recreating a WW1 army hospital

World War One At The BBC: More television and radio programmes

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