Writer Sarah Phelps has confirmed that BBC One won’t be bringing back her World War Drama The Crimson Field for a second series.
On her Twitter account Phelps said, “gutted doesn’t even touch the sides of how I feel.”
Actress Oona Chaplin, who starred as nurse Kitty Trevelyan, told the Radio Times early in the year that Phelps had the characters’ lives mapped out all the way to 1918 which suggests that several more series could have been made.
The World War One drama, which also starred Hermione Norris and Suranne Jones, had strong consolidated ratings of 7.83 when it began. However these numbers decreased rapidly over the series with only just over 6 million sticking around for episode five. The series finale saw a slight boost in ratings but this decline in audience figures could be one of the reasons that the BBC have decided not to recommission the drama.
The BBC issued a statement on the cancellation stating that, “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 BBC1 drama it will not be returning for a second series.”
The statement did also mention that the network will be airing several other programmes to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of World War One including drama The Passing Bells and War Poems both of which will air in the autumn.