The remarkable true story of five nurses who find passion, peril, and friendship in WWI
Arriving in Egypt to serve in World War I, a group of idealistic young Australian and New Zealand nurses are full of romantic notions. All too soon, however, they are faced with convoys of the dead and wounded from the doomed Gallipoli campaign. Realizing that war is not quite the splendid adventure they thought it would be, they rise to meet the challenge, finding love, heartbreak, and lasting friendship along the way. . Based on the book by Peter Rees and drawing on the real nurses letters, original journals, and historical records, this acclaimed Australian miniseries follows five unsung heroines through the traumatic war years. A beautifully shot, multilayered drama (The Sunday Telegraph, Australia), it brings these little-known stories vividly to life (The Daily Telegraph, Australia). Georgia Flood, Caroline Craig, Anna McGahan, Antonia Prebble, and Laura Brent head an ensemble cast of more than 1,200 actors and extras in this breathtaking and stirring production.
BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurettes (34 min.), cast interviews (18 min.), photo galleries, and historical context . Episode 1: Adventure Following the outbreak of WWI, the Australian Army Nursing Service is hastily deployed. Four Australian nurses and one New Zealander arrive in Cairo in early 1915. Flirtatious Alice catches the eye of a handsome lieutenant, while her roommate, Elsie, carries a secret. The carnage of the Gallipoli landing in April is worse than anything the nurses could have imagined.
Episode 2: Duty The August Offensive results in some of the campaigns worst casualties. Grace and Olive are sent to the barren Greek island of Lemnos to care for the wounded. Once there, they find no supplies, no hospital, ghastly living conditions, and a commanding officer who doesnt want them there. Elsie fights for her husbands life in a British hospital, and Grace receives devastating news.
Episode 3: Endurance By autumn 1915, widespread illness and low morale are taking their toll. Lieutenant Harry Moffitt, the man Alice loves, has been sent back to the Australian hospital in Cairo with severe typhoid. The chipper, resilient Olive, still on Lemnos, faces her darkest hour. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the ANZAC girls are reunited in Cairo. Elsie must make a difficult choice.
BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurettes (34 min.) and photo galleries
Episode 4: Love In spring 1916, Allied forces are sent into France. Alice, Olive, Hilda, and Grace are temporarily posted to a British hospital in Rouen, where they are treated with scorn by the nursing staff. Olive reconnects with Pat Dooley, a young orderly she met on Lemnos. Grace is promoted and sent to London, and Alice receives shattering news.
Episode 5: Mateship The war in France drags on into the winter of 1916. With no proof of Harrys death, a grief-stricken Alice grasps at hope. Hilda discovers a talent for anesthesia, then learns that Australian nurses are banned from that work. Luckily, shes a Kiwi. Olive defies her parents to follow her heart, and Elsie Cook returns as a Red Cross nurse.
Episode 6: Courage In late summer 1917, after years of bloodshed, the war rages on. Olive has resigned and left for Australia with Pat. Alice and Hilda are in Trois Arbres, very near the front line. Elsie is at the Red Cross hospital in Amiens. All but one of the nurses serve until the very end. Looking back years later, Alice outlines the rest of their lives.
BONUS Cast interviews (18 min.), photo galleries, and historical context . Georgia Flood... Alice Ross-King (6 episodes, 2014)
Antonia Prebble... Hilda Steele (6 episodes, 2014)
Laura Brent... Elsie Cook (6 episodes, 2014)
Anna McGahan... Olive Haynes (6 episodes, 2014)
Caroline Craig... Grace Wilson (6 episodes, 2014)
Todd Lasance... Lt. Sydney 'Syd' Cook (6 episodes, 2014)
Charles Mayer... Major Xavier Leopold (6 episodes, 2014)
Dustin Clare... Lt. Harry Moffitt (6 episodes, 2014)
Honey Debelle... Sister Catherine 'Kit' McNaughton (6 episodes, 2014)
Brandon McClelland... Pat Dooley (5 episodes, 2014)
Bradley Trent Williams... Major Archibald Springer (5 episodes, 2014)
Bonnie Soper... Sister Jessie Verey (3 episodes, 2014)
Rhondda Findleton... Matron Ellen 'Nellie' Gould (3 episodes, 2014)
Sara West... Clarice Daley (3 episodes, 2014)
Leon Ford... Major John Prior (3 episodes, 2014)
Aaron Cartwright... Major Wilcox (3 episodes, 2014)