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.
Joan is hauled up on a charge of aiding the enemy and faces a possible lifetime in prison. She is desperate to protect Anton so tries to deflect the questions, even as Purbright arrives to drive them home harder. Meanwhile, the hospital is awash with the news of Joan's treachery and Roland is directly in the firing line, accused of letting the rules slide and bringing the RAMC into disrepute. His position rests on a knife edge as old enemies close in. Kitty's wracked with guilt that she knew about Joan but didn't stop her, and she fears for her own position. She is desperate for someone to trust, but will it be Thomas or Miles that she turns to? Elsewhere, Flora discovers Peter's brother, Jimmy, on one of the wards and happily reunites the siblings, but when it becomes clear that Jimmy is too fragile for war Peter has a difficult decision to make. Rosalie too is feeling conflicted, unsure how to deal with her discovery of Kitty's divorce. Her instinct is to condemn, but the world is changing. Could one patient in particular hold the key to her liberation? Joan's actions send ripples through the hospital. As night falls some rules will be broken and others upheld. As the war machine grinds on, faith, hope and love are put to the test.
Grace finds herself threatened by Colonel Ballard, an aggressively rude and war-scarred commander of a Sikh regiment, while Joan still waits anxiously for news from her fiancé. It seems Colonel Ballard would rather be with his men than at rest within the calm sanctuary of the wards, yet when Grace reveals knowledge of Punjabi and an upbringing in India, the Colonel is temporarily calmed. As Grace tries to discover what’s made him so heated, another soldier, Private Gorman, seems focused on riling him further. Will Grace be able to unlock Ballard’s secret before Gorman provokes him into a very dangerous game?
Because BBC did not renew The Crimson Field for a second season, it follows that PBS just aired the last episode of this amazing drama. Perhaps knowing they were limited to six episodes is the reason PBS and Masterpiece Theatre did so little to promote the series. Its brief existence must also be the reason that so many questions are left unanswered, with plots and subplots incomplete and intriguing characters who never achieve their implied futures. That being stated, I remain pleased that I saw The Crimson Field and experienced the first five rich episodes. It made the disappointing finale worth it. Maybe one day it's worth will be realized by a company willing to employ the writers of The Crimson Field to provide answers for the millions of viewers still wondering what happened to their favorite characters. We can only hope.
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