The Crimson Field TV Series Overview (2014)


The Crimson Field is a British period drama television series that was broadcast beginning on BBC One on 06 April 2014.

The series shows the lives of medics and the patients at a fictional field hospital in France during the First World War.


During the First World War, Kitty Trevelyan tries to put the past troubles behind her as she joins two other girls to volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in northern France.


  • Rupert Graves as Major Edward Crecy.
  • Oona Chaplin as Kitty Trevelyan.
  • Hermione Norris as Grace Carter.
  • Suranne Jones as Sister Joan Livesey.
  • Kevin Doyle as Lt Col Roland Brett.
  • Kerry Fox as Sister Margaret Quayle.
  • Alex Wyndham as Captain Miles Hesketh-Thorne.
  • Jeremy Swift as Quartermaster Sergeant Reggie Soper.
  • Richard Rankin as Captain Thomas Gillan.
  • Marianne Oldham as Rosalie Berwick.
  • Alice St. Clair as Flora Marshall.
  • Jack Gordon as Orderly Corporal Peter Foley.


Originally called The Ark, the series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen as part of the BBC World War I centenary season. Sarah Phelps, the creator of The Crimson Field said: “I am bouncing off the walls with excitement at having such an extraordinary talented cast, bouncing off the walls.”

Filming began in August 2013. The Historic Dockyard Chatham and HMS Gannet featured in the first episode of the series doubling as the Port of Boulogne, France. Dyrham Park appeared in scenes as a French hotel.


The show was cancelled after one series, due to a lacklustre critical and audience response, as well as budgetary considerations towards other BBC series. Phelps revealed she had planned four more series.


  • Alexis Carrel and Henry Drysdale Dakin, developers of the pre-antibiotic antiseptic Carrel-Dakin method depicted in the series.
  • Edith Cavell, the British Red Cross nurse whose execution by German firing squad is mentioned in Episode 6.

The Crimson Field Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Richard Clark … (2 episodes, 2014).
    • David Evans … (2 episodes, 2014).
    • Thaddeus O’Sullivan … (2 episodes, 2014).
  • Producer(s):
    • Sarah Barton … development producer (6 episodes, 2014).
    • Angie Daniell … co-producer (6 episodes, 2014).
    • Sarah Phelps … executive producer (6 episodes, 2014).
    • Anne Pivcevic … executive producer (6 episodes, 2014).
    • Ann Tricklebank … producer (6 episodes, 2014).
  • Writer(s):
    • Sarah Phelps … (6 episodes, 2014).
  • Music:
    • Rob Lane … (6 episodes, 2014).
    • Benjamin Wallfisch … (1 episode, 2014).
  • Cinematography:
    • Tim Fleming … (4 episodes, 2014).
    • Matt Gray … (2 episodes, 2014).
  • Editor(s):
    • David Head … (3 episodes, 2014).
    • Victoria Boydell … (2 episodes, 2014).
    • Peter Oliver … (2 episodes, 2014).
    • Melanie Viner-Cuneo … (2 episodes, 2014).
  • Production: BBC.
  • Distributor: BBC and Endemol.
  • Release Date: 06 April 2014 to 11 May 2014.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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