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"The Crimson Field" review by Suzanne 7/15/15
Airs Sundays, 10/9c on PBS

If you love hospital shows, you might well enjoy this. It's also a historical soap opera, but a very good one. Set in World War I about British nurses on The Front. The heroines are three new volunteer nurses. They know very little and are thrown right into dealing with a lot of horrible things, as well as having to impress the older, more seasoned nurses and other staff.

It really examines gender issues of the time very well, too. The young women didn't just volunteer to help out the war effort, but they're also either running away from problems at home or just trying to get out into a less-restrictive environment.

Make sure you watch this one if you haven't been following it already. It's as good as anything else on PBS; better than most. Anyone who likes good dramas should enjoy; those that like hospital shows, romances, or historical shows should also love it.

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In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and homefront, but also between the old rules, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking.

Kitty (Oona Chaplin), Rosalie (Marianne Oldham) and Flora (Alice St Clair) arrive as the hospital's first volunteer nurses and struggle to be accepted by the established medical team. The girls are flung head first into a world for which nothing and nobody could have prepared them, but it is also an opportunity to break free of the constraints and limitations of their lives back home.

Sarah Phelps, one of British television's most exciting and original writers, tells this story of World War One's front line medics their hopes, fears, triumphs and tragedies.

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