BBC axes Crimson Field

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 June 2014
The Crimson Field

The Crimson Field

BBC One has axed 'The Crimson Field' after just one series. Creator Sarah Phelps says she is "gutted" by the decision

'The Crimson Field' has been axed by BBC One after one series.

The World War I drama, which focuses on the efforts of the nurses at a fictional field hospital during the war, will not return for a second series.

Writer Sarah Phelps wrote on Twitter: "Found out today that #TheCrimsonField won't be recommissioned by @BBCOne Gutted doesn't even touch the sides of how I feel."

Meanwhile, reports the show's creator had mapped out another four series worth of storylines, which would have spanned the length of the First World War until its conclusion in 1918.

A BBC spokesperson said: "'The Crimson Field' was our landmark drama series that launched the start of the BBC's World War One coverage. We are very proud of 'The Crimson Field' and are hugely grateful to all those who worked so hard on it.

"However in order to create space for new shows and to keep increasing the variety of BBC One drama it will not be returning for a second series. Coming up this autumn on BBC One further WW1 drama content includes 'The Passing Bells' and 'War Poems'."

The period drama starred Suranne Jones and Oona Chaplin.

Oona previously expressed frustration over the BBC's indecisiveness about the show's future.

She said: "The way these things are financed are so bloody complicated and ridiculous if you ask me. I am sure it must make sense for someone."

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