The Crimson Field

Series 1 - Episode 4

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Inspector George Gently’s Lee Ingleby guest-stars as Private Wilfred “Dad” Tyrell, one of what he calls the “Lucky 13”, the remaining members of a so-called “pals’ battalion”. Their comrades died in action and Wilfred is fixated on the superstition that the survivors have beaten the odds and will always beat the odds, just so long as they stay together.

As Sarah Phelps’s First World War drama continues, we see a little bit further beneath the cloaks of mystery worn by the volunteer nurses at the tented hospital. Kitty (Oona Chaplin) comes face to face with an unwelcome visitor from her past, while nice matron Grace Carter (Hermione Norris) hides a big secret, something that could ruin her.

But the baddie remains cake-stealing, thwarted Sister Margaret Quayle (Kerry Fox), a passive-aggressive sneak who collects other people’s secrets.

About this programme

4/6. Joan is in agony not knowing whether her fiance is alive or dead - and to make matters worse, Rosalie has seen her ring, and could reveal her connection to the enemy. Her spirits are lifted by the arrival of 13 soldiers from her home town of Liverpool, who are united in the belief that if they stick together, none of them will die. However, it turns out one of them holds a secret that could threaten their safety. Meanwhile, Thomas seizes his opportunity to pursue Kitty, although he may be too late when she is summoned by a mysterious figure from her past, and the return of an old patient causes ripples between Roland, Grace and Margaret.

Cast and crew


Simon Wilson
Matron Grace Carter
Hermione Norris
Lt Col Roland Brett
Kevin Doyle
Cpl Peter Foley
Jack Gordon
Capt Miles Hesketh-Thorne
Alex Wyndham
Capt Thomas Gillan
Richard Rankin
Sister Joan Livesey
Suranne Jones
Kitty Trevelyan
Oona Chaplin
Rosalie Berwick
Marianne Oldham
Flora Marshall
Alice St Clair
QMS Reggie Soper
Jeremy Swift
Pte Wilfred `Dad' Tyrell
Lee Ingleby
Pte Raymond Deeley
David Walmsley
Pte Charlie Dawlish
Dan Parr
Sister Margaret Quayle
Kerry Fox
Capt Osberton
Geoffrey Kirkness
LCpl Lawrence Prentiss
Karl Davies
Elliot Vincent
Samuel West
Lucky 13s
Sam Benjamin
Lucky 13s
Nicholas Deacon
Lucky 13s
Jay Johnson
Lucky 13s
Chris Pybus


Richard Clark
Ann Tricklebank
Sarah Phelps