This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who are victims of the Crimean war, she finds herself very unwelcome and faces great opposition for her new way of thinking. However through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly becomes known as 'The Lady with the Lamp', the caring nurse whose shadow soldiers kiss.
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Timothy Dalton and Jeremy Brett replaced actors who dropped out at short notice. See more
[reads aloud the General Orders of the day
"Miss Nightingale is recognised by Her Majesty's Government as the General Superintendent of Nursing of all military hospitals of the Army. The principal medical officer will therefore communicate with her on all matters connected with that establishment, and will give, and receive orders only through that lady." Miss Nightingale, I believe this is also for you. This brooch was created in your honour by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. I've been asked to ...
The background illustrations in the opening credits are wood engravings by Gustave Dore from 'London: A Pilgrimage' (published 1876, although he worked on them from 1870 onwards). See more