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In a British base hospital near the front, a team of doctors, nurses and VADs are working together to heal the bodies and souls of the men in their care. This hospital on the coast of France is a frontier between two worlds: between the trenches and the home front, between the old rules, regulations, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking. Written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist) and starring Oona Chaplin (The Hour), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Marianne Oldham (WPC 56) this is the story of World War One‚s front line medics - their love affairs, professional triumphs, personal tragedies, fears and hopes as they fight for the future.

Starring:
Suranne Jones, Alex Wyndham
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Suranne Jones, Alex Wyndham, Kerry Fox, Jeremy Swift, Kevin Doyle, Oona Chaplin, Hermione Norris
Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Richard Clark, David Evans
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 19 May 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Suranne Jones, Alex Wyndham, Kerry Fox, Jeremy Swift, Kevin Doyle, Oona Chaplin, Hermione Norris
Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Richard Clark, David Evans
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 19 May 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Torben Retboll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2015
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"The Crimson Field" is a British mini-series that was first aired on BBC One in April and May 2014. Now it is available on DVD. The series follows the lives of the staff and patients at a fictional field hospital established by the British army in France during the First World War. "Hospital 25A" is located near the front, near the sea, and not far from a town.

What happens in "The Crimson Field" is fiction, but the story is placed in a historical context - the First World War, 1914-1918 - and the people behind the series have done a lot of work to make us believe that we are watching something that took place one hundred years ago (1915). Historical accuracy is an important part of the project, and I think the producers have been quite successful in this respect.

Created and written by Sarah Phelps, "The Crimson Field" is an historical drama in six episodes with an interesting perspective: the focus is on the female characters, the role that women played during the war.

In most accounts about this war (and any war, for that matter) the focus is on the politicians, the generals, and the soldiers, who are all men. In this drama the focus is on the women who nursed the sick and wounded soldiers. This perspective is reflected in the cast of characters and in the way the story is told. It takes a while to find out who is who and how they relate to each other. Therefore I will offer some information about the cast and a brief survey of the six episodes (but no spoilers).

THE CAST
The main characters are six women and five men.

Three women are VADs, i.e.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By anne f on 29 May 2014
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I could hardly wait for this to be released on DVD as I live in New Zealand and was unable to watch it on TV here.
My granddaughter and I watched the whole series in two evenings and in some parts we were on the edge of our seats !!
. It was nice to be able to explain certain aspects of the horrors of the Great War to my granddaughter. She was fascinated
and and appalled at the same time. I loved the nursing uniforms, they looked so smart, and of course the actors were superb
at making it all come to life. It was a sad part of history, and those brave young men who laid down their lives and fought for their country must never be forgotten. I hope there will be a series 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui on 7 Feb. 2015
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Very enjoyable with a believable gripping storyline
So sorry this was going to be the only series. Setting looks like effort has been put in and realistic Excellent acting
If you like medical drama / ww1 material it's certainly worth a look
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard S Burne on 27 April 2014
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The series is really good and whilst it may not show the true and full horrors of WW1, I feel that the right balance has been struck. Well worth getting this DVD, I certainly will be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By redlog d'under on 9 Sept. 2014
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Starts well, but plots seem to become more desperate as the episodes unfold. So many REAL stories to tell, so little (modern) patience for such tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine on 13 July 2014
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Watched this BBC drama and just had to buy it for a friend who lives overseas.Hope they do another series.
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This was a brilliant series. Well scripted and researched. The casting is superbe and the stories of each episode are epic and fit nicely into the arch of the whole series. It is hard for us to image what life would've been like during the First World War but this gives a greater understanding of the realy dangers and dilemas people faced during this period of history.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By andyg on 28 April 2014
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Great TV Series so far. The plots are nicely coming together with a few surprises and twists along the way. Well produced and acted.

After the last episode I finish my review by adding one single and simple word to sum the series up. That word is: Excellent!
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