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“SAVING lives, to save their own.”

The Crimson Field begins on BBC1 at 9pm next Sunday (April 6).

A six episode drama series about volunteer British nurses at a field hospital in northern France.

Part of the BBC’s First World War season, it features a strong cast including Hermione Norris, Suranne Jones, Kerry Fox, Oona Chaplin and Kevin Doyle.

Starting in 1915 with the arrival of new VADs – Voluntary Aid Detachment – to join professional military nurses like Matron Grace Carter, played by Hermione.

With Oona as Kitty Trevelyan, Alice St Clair as Flora Marshall and Marianne Oldham as Rosalie Berwick.

Kevin Doyle is Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Brett, the man in charge of the hospital.

But even he has to answer to others higher up the Army command ladder.

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“LIFE is strange, isn’t it?”

Downton Abbey series three, episode nine.

Otherwise known as the 2012 Christmas Special, just broadcast by ITV1 tonight – December 25 – in the UK.

If you have yet to watch it, do NOT read any further.

Come back later once you have viewed.

That obviously also goes for our American cousins waiting for series three to begin on PBS on Jan 6.

As well as other Downton fans across the globe who are not yet up to the UK series pace.

There are major spoilers below.

So unless you want to read them, stop now.

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones as Scott & Bailey.

IT was acclaimed as one of the best drama series of last year.

Becoming the highest rated new British TV drama of 2011 with 9.4 million viewers.

And returns next week for a second series, this time of eight episodes.

I’m pleased to report that Scott & Bailey 2012 is on fine form with an extra spring in its step.

Not least thanks to the performances of leading ladies Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.

Plus Amelia Bullmore as their boss Gill Murray.

IT was the highest rated new British TV drama of 2011.

And is due to return to our screens next month (March).

I spent several days last month interviewing the cast of Scott & Bailey series two.

Nine interviews in total for the new series ITV Press Pack.