Episode 1

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Duration: 1 hour

Drama series presenting one of the untold stories of World War I. Kitty Trevelyan tries to put past troubles behind her as she joins two other girls to volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in northern France. For the hospital workers it is 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 is not just the girls who are causing a stir; one particular patient, a powerfully built and battle-scarred soldier called Molloy is facing certain death but resisting it with all the strength he can muster. Alongside him lies the shell-shocked form of Lance Corporal Prentiss. He may be physically unmarked, but this war has damaged him badly and the staff are at a loss as to how to treat him.

The girls settle into their first day and it's soon clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line. As the day draws to an end secrets are hinted at, rivalries loom large and for the rebellious Kitty this new adventure could turn out to be very dangerous indeed.

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Matron Grace Carter
Hermione Norris
Sister Joan Livesey
Suranne Jones
Kitty Trevelyan
Oona Chaplin
Lt Col Roland Brett
Kevin Doyle
Liam Loughrey
Flora Marshall
Alice St Clair
Rosalie Berwick
Marianne Oldham
Transport Sergeant
Mark Roper
Private Elias Molloy
Michael Nardone
Simon Wilson
Sister Margaret Quayle
Kerry Fox
Captain Miles Hesketh-Thorne
Alex Wyndham
Captain Thomas Gillan
Richard Rankin
QMS Reggie Soper
Jeremy Swift
Corporal Peter Foley
Jack Gordon
Lance Corporal Lawrence Prentiss
Karl Davies
Colonel Charles Purbright
Adam James
Patient Hemming
Guy Rhys
Soldier Lucky
William Troughton
Ann Tricklebank
David Evans
Sarah Phelps


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World War One

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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 interview: Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin describes the difficulties for Roland of running a hospital.

Video: Set Tour

The Crimson Field

Production Designer Cristina Casali narrates a tour of the set.

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