This Moving WWI Drama Is Perfect for Fans of ‘Call the Midwife’
It's set in a field hospital on the front lines.
If you sped through the first eight seasons of Call the Midwife and are looking for another period piece about nurses to fill your time until the rumored Midwife season nine arrives, this short series is for you. It's The Crimson Field, a historical drama set in a World War I-era field hospital where nurses tend to the wounded near the front lines. The six-episode historical series premiered in the U.K. on BBC One in 2014 and in the U.S. on PBS in 2015.
The Crimson Field is set in a field hospital in northern France, where three young nurses, Kitty Trevelyan, Flora Marshall, and Rosalie Berwick, volunteer their time and energies to aid in the war effort. PBS describes the show this way, "In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses, and volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches of WWI. The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and home front but also between the old rules, hierarchies, class distinctions, and a new way of thinking."
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The Crimson Field was written by Sarah Phelps, who also worked on EastEnders and several Agatha Christie adaptations. The show stars Oona Chaplin (Taboo, Game of Thrones), Suranne Jones (Vanity Fair, Coronation Street), Hermione Norris (Luther, Cold Feet), Marianne Oldham (Life in Squares, Foyle's War), Alice St. Clair (Before I Sleep), Richard Rankin (Outlander, Burnt), and Alex Wyndham (Little Dorrit).
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