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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.

Bailey & Scott.
Bailey & Scott.

SCOTT & Bailey series three begins on ITV at 9pm this Wednesday.

I’ve seen the first four episodes (of eight in total) and all involved have raised the bar once again.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s the best series yet.

It was my pleasure to carry out the cast interviews for ITV’s Production Notes / Press Pack.

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.

Amelia Bullmore as Det Chief Insp Gill Murray

“WONDERFUL. I loved that cast. I loved my beautiful daughter.”

I’ve just asked Amelia Bullmore about playing Caroline Price in Ashes To Ashes.

Caroline was the mother of Alex Drake, played by Keeley Hawes, who has also been the face of Boots No7 cosmetics.

“Still in Boots when I see her looking ravishing above the make-up counter, I think, ‘That’s my girl.’

“Ashes To Ashes was great. And I’d been such a mad fan of Life On Mars.

“It was great to be part of that machine. Very, very good fun.”

I met up with Amelia at ITV Network Centre in London to discuss all things Scott and Bailey.