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Crimson Field, The (BBC-1 2014, Oona Chaplin, Suranne Jones)

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Period medical drama series The Crimson Field was set during world war one. Suffragette nurse Sister Joan Livesly is posted to the frontline and soon finds herself at odds with her superiors over her modern approach. Meanwhile volunteer Kitty Trevelyan very quickly has her eyes opened to the brutal and bloody realities of treating soldiers wounded in the trenches.

Impressive production values and a cracking cast make for an highly watchable series. Channels into our current love for all things period mixing the hospital drama of Call The Midwife and the class issues of Downton Abbey and also tying in nicely with the 100th anniversary of World War One.

production details
UK / BBC-1 / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Sunday 6 April 2014 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Sarah Phelps / Executive Producers: Anne Pivcevic, Sarah Phelps / Producer: Ann Tricklebank

cast
Oona Chaplin as Kitty Trevelyan
Suranne Jones as Sister Joan Livesey
Liam Loughrey as Tommy
Alice St Clair as Flora Marshall
Marianne Oldham as Rosalie Berwick
Hermione Norris as Matron Grace Carter
Michael Nardone as Pte Elias Molloy
Simon Wilson as Padre
Kerry Fox as Sister Margaret Quayle
Alex Wyndham as Capt Miles Hesketh-Thorne
Richard Rankin as Capt Thomas Gillan
Jeremy Swift as QMS Reggie Soper

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