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Episode 5

The Crimson Field Episode 5 of 6

Colonel Ballard, an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander of a Sikh regiment, threatens trouble for Grace. It seems he 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 has 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 has decided the volunteers should put on some entertainment, but as the pressure mounts, so do Flora's nerves. Meanwhile, Joan is still waiting for news from her fiance and Jaco calls her to an illicit meeting, sparking a series of events which will draw Joan into danger. How far will love push her to go, and at what risk to her profession and even her life?

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Sun 4 May 2014 21:00


Role Contributor
Sister Joan LiveseySuranne Jones
Kitty TrevelyanOona Chaplin
Matron Grace CarterHermione Norris
Lt Colonel Roland BrettKevin Doyle
Jaco TillensDaniel Betts
Mathilde TillensAbigail Eames
Major Jocelyn BallardPeter Sullivan
Corporal Peter FoleyJack Gordon
Private Benny GormanJason Maza
Rosalie BerwickMarianne Oldham
Flora MarshallAlice St Clair
Captain Miles Hesketh-ThorneAlex Wyndham
Captain Thomas GillanRichard Rankin
QMS Reggie SoperJeremy Swift
Anton ErhlichStephan Luca
ProducerAnn Tricklebank
DirectorThaddeus O'Sullivan
WriterSarah Phelps

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World War One

New perspectives on the war that changed everything.

Video interview: Creator

Sara Phelps

Sarah Phelps discusses the inspiration for The Crimson Field.

Video interview: Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin discusses Kitty Trevelyan’s role in the hospital.

Video: Set Tour

The Crimson Field

Production Designer Cristina Casali narrates a tour of the set.

Video interview: Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin describes the difficulties for Roland of running a hospital.