The Crimson Field

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The Crimson Field
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Genre Drama
Written by Sarah Phelps
Directed by
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s)
  • Anne Pivcevic
  • Sarah Phelps
Producer(s) Annie Tricklebank
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Drama Production
Distributor Endemol
Original network
Original release 6 April (2014-04-06) – 11 May 2014 (2014-05-11)
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The Crimson Field is a British drama television series that was broadcast beginning on BBC One on 6 April 2014. The series shows the lives of medics and the patients at a fictional field hospital in France during the First World War.[1][2]


Cast of The Crimson Field


Originally called The Ark, filming began in August 2013 and the series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen.[3][4] The series is 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."[3]

The Historic Dockyard Chatham and HMS Gannet featured in the first episode of the series doubling as the Port of Boulogne, France.[5] Dyrham Park appeared in scenes as a French hotel.

The show was cancelled after one series.[6]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
1 "Episode 1" David Evans Sarah Phelps 6 April 2014 (2014-04-06) 7.83
2 "Episode 2" David Evans Sarah Phelps 13 April 2014 (2014-04-13) 6.89
3 "Episode 3" Richard Clark Sarah Phelps 20 April 2014 (2014-04-20) 6.31
4 "Episode 4" Richard Clark Sarah Phelps 27 April 2014 (2014-04-27) 6.25
5 "Episode 5" Thaddeus O'Sullivan Sarah Phelps 4 May 2014 (2014-05-04) 6.01
6 "Episode 6" Thaddeus O'Sullivan Sarah Phelps 11 May 2014 (2014-05-11) 6.33


  1. ^ "BBC reveals 2,500-hour World War I season". BBC News. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Vincent, Alice (7 August 2013). "Hermione Norris, Oona Chaplin and Suranne Jones in cast of field hospital drama, The Ark". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Cast announced for Sarah Phelps’ new First World War drama series, The Crimson Field". BBC. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Casting announced for WWI drama The Ark". BBC. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office The Crimson Field Film Focus". 
  6. ^ Dowell, Ben (10 June 2014). "BBC1 axes First World War drama The Crimson Field". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "BARB Top 30s". 

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