The Crimson Field [DVD]
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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. SPECIAL FEATURES Behind the Scenes & Cast Interviews Picture Gallery Subtitles
"It is well done – lavish, performed with gusto, obviously well researched, and historically fascinating. And a rare story of women among all the men and mud. I certainly wouldn't bet on The Crimson Field being over by Christmas." The Guardian
"Beautifully acted, you'll be hooked." The Sun
"Call the Midwife goes to War." The Times
"With Chaplin at its core, and some very reputable performances skirting hers from the likes of Hermione Norris, The Crimson Field... is a seductive proposition." The Telegraph
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 main characters are six women and five men.
Three women are VADs, i.e.Read more ›
The acting was gripping and made me feel as though I was actually there in the ward of horrifically wounded and damaged men, who in reality had no future. This is a story of real warfare, never seen since that tragic period.
The never ending ambulances carrying the wounded, many to have their limbs amputated in filthy, muddy conditions brings home that all warfare must be stopped.
This dvd was far superior to Anzac's and so much more realistic in acting, story portrayal, and facts presented
After the last episode I finish my review by adding one single and simple word to sum the series up. That word is: Excellent!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i think i go this very near the start. and i thought what a great show. then i found out they did not make a carry on? Read morePublished 4 days ago by frank
Enjoyable series but nothing amazing. Improved near the end but not enough for me to wish for another season.Published 2 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)
A totally unrealistic representation of a WW1field hospital. Rows of empty beds with no continuous flow of some of the thousands of wounded personnel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bryan G.
Enjoyed the series even though they got the colour of the uniform capes wrong should have been crimson! Shows interesting views of life in WW1Published 5 months ago by Deirdre Barr