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The Crimson Field Episode 1 of 6

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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Sun 6 Apr 2014 21:00

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Role Contributor
Matron Grace CarterHermione Norris
Sister Joan LiveseySuranne Jones
Kitty TrevelyanOona Chaplin
Lt Col Roland BrettKevin Doyle
TommyLiam Loughrey
Flora MarshallAlice St Clair
Rosalie BerwickMarianne Oldham
Transport SergeantMark Roper
Private Elias MolloyMichael Nardone
PadreSimon Wilson
Sister Margaret QuayleKerry Fox
Captain Miles Hesketh-ThorneAlex Wyndham
Captain Thomas GillanRichard Rankin
QMS Reggie SoperJeremy Swift
Corporal Peter FoleyJack Gordon
Lance Corporal Lawrence PrentissKarl Davies
Colonel Charles PurbrightAdam James
Patient HemmingGuy Rhys
Soldier LuckyWilliam Troughton
ProducerAnn Tricklebank
DirectorDavid Evans
WriterSarah Phelps

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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: 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.