The Crimson Field (2014– )
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Three young VAD's (Voluntary Aid Detachments) go to Hospital 25A near the front in Boulogne. However, it isn't what the trio expect and lots of troubled events occur along the way.

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Kitty Trevelyan
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Tommy (as Liam Loughrey)
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Flora Marshall
Marianne Oldham ...
Rosalie Berwick
Mark Roper ...
Transport Sgt
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Matron Grace Carter
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Private Elias Molloy
Simon Wilson ...
Padre
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Sister Margaret Quayle
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Capt Miles Hesketh-Thorne
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Capt Thomas Gillan
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QMS Reggie Soper
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Cpl Peter Foley
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L / Cpl Lawrence Prentiss
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Lt Col Roland Brett
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In 1915 volunteer nurses Kitty, Flora and Rosalie arrive at a field hospital in France to work under Matron Grace Carter and her stiff assistant Sister Margaret Quayle. They are unprepared for the rigorous life and dizzy Flora is ordered to wash off her scent so as not to excite the soldiers. Patriotic Rosalie rubs up against the more cynical Kitty, who accuses her of volunteering in order to escape a dull home life though she later apologizes but Kitty's rebellious attitude does not endear her to Matron, who wants to send her home. However her handling of the severely disturbed private Molloy impresses Matron, who allows her to stay. All the while Matron, head surgeon Colonel Brett and his doctors, captains Gillan and Hesketh-Thorne are trying to prevent arrogant, ill-informed superiors from returning psychologically damaged men to the war. Then a fourth nurse arrives, down-to-earth Joan Livesey, who claims she is a qualified sister though Margaret is suspicious. That night all the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 June 2015 (USA)  »

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The nurses are members of Queen Alexandria's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). The small cape they wear is called a tippet. There are two tippets: the completely scarlet ones denote professional military nurses; the gray one with a scarlet band denotes a reserve nurse; that is, a civilian nurse who enlisted for the duration of the war. The small ribbon on the left side of the tippet is the Royal Red Cross, created by Queen Victoria, was the first British Military Order awarded only to women. The badge hanging on the right side of the tippet is the tippet medal for QUAINs and QUAINS(R)s. The ribbons are the same for both groups; professional nurses have an oval medal with a cross on it; reserve nurses have a round medal with the letter R. Both denote that the wearer was a State Registered Nurse and that she was a military nurse. It's the military equivalent of civilian Registered Nurses wearing their nursing school pin on their uniform. At the time of World War I, being a Registered Nurse was a big deal, a symbol that a woman had completed a rigorous training program and met all the qualifications for state registration. See more »

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Un bel di vedremo
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By Giacomo Puccini
[From Madame Butterfly. Shell shocked soldier is soothed by the phonograph]
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Promising premise, promising screen writing and promising acting

I thoroughly enjoyed the premiere episode of The Crimson Field. It is an intriguing and refreshing premise to watch a show focused mainly on how women cope with the realities of a front line field hospital in WWI. It is a period deserving of special attention during this centenary year. It is also a period that has become more familiar to general viewers through Downton Abbey(Season 2) and The Crimson Field almost seems a logical progression from some of the events exposed in that drama.

I especially look forward to seeing the characters of The Crimson Field develop under the deft and expert writing of Sarah Phelps' scripts. There is also a lot of promise shown in not just the acting of the more well known cast members such as Hermione Norris and Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), but also in the performances of relative newcomers such as Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Richard Rankin. I predict sparks will be flying for the entire season.


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