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The Crimson Field is a British drama mini-series. The show follows three nurses that volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in Northern France, during World War One. A period piece, The Crimson Field is a well-written drama about a WWI field hospital. The show does not focus on the actual war or fighting, but rather on the nurses, doctors, patients, and volunteers. The characters of the show struggle with the realities of the consequences of war, as well as with relationships in the midst of war. The doctors and volunteer nurses of the field hospital deal with social class issues as well as war medicine.

The Crimson Field features volunteer nurse Kitty. She is running from her past and trying to hide a secret. Another featured character is Captain Thomas Gillan. Gillan is a progressive doctor from a lower social class than many of his fellow military doctors. The Crimson Field brilliantly displays the dramatic and at times difficult decisions that the doctors and volunteer nurses had to make for their military patients.

Though the show only lasted one season, the mini-series is beautifully written and acted by some of British acting's best. Oona Chaplin portrays Kitty. Best known as the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin and for her role as the wife of Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, Chaplin spectacularly portrays Kitty's simmering emotions beneath a tightly controlled surface. Chaplin and British newcomer Richard Rankin, who portrays Captain Thomas Gillan, deftly act the romantic tension between their two characters.

PBS
1 Season, 6 Episodes
June 21, 2015
Drama, History, Military & War
7.9/10
Cast: Alice St. Clair As Flora Marshall Hermione Norris As Matron Grace Carter Oona Chaplin As Kitty Trevalyan Suranne Jones As Joan Livesy
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  • Joan faces a life sentence, after her help for the other side is questioned. Joans arrest sends ripples throughout the hospital and Roland is in the firing line. Kitty is wracked with guilt as she has known about Joan all along and hasn't tried to stop her. Flora reunites Peter with his brother.

  • Who threatens Grace? Also, Joan anxiously awaits news from her fiance, but becomes involved in a dangerous situation.

  • Thomas attempts to deal with his growing attraction to Kitty whilst Joan reveals a dark secret to one of her patients. Thomas finds himself having more success on the wards with a pioneering wound-irrigation system. A terrified patient is facing a court martial. Rosalie sees the engagement ring Joan that wears around her neck.

  • Grace realises that something is up with Kitty as she keeps her distance. A Major wakes up from the verge of death, still badly wounded he also has to find out that his troops have been decimated. The hospital prepares itself for a convoy of new patients. Joan sets high expectations of the volunteers but Margaret doesn't believe they will cope.

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