Its autumn 1943, and the Americans are arriving in South Devon, England, to prepare
for the Normandy Landings of June ’44. Led by Major General Joe Henry Wiseman, this
is going to be a ‘full on’ learning curve for thousands of young conscripts, as they
confront the harsh realities ahead of them, and therefore needing to understand many
things. So, for example, should any one of them happen to ‘rest up’ in an empty field
which has a few red flags in it; then by the time they’ve wondered if they’ve strayed
into the wrong place, they’ll be dead. Shot by one of their own people, because they
are in the wrong place! And that’s just for starters, as 30000 acres are evacuated
of all who live and work there, before an Exclusion Zone is created, into which access
On the other side of the coin, Major General Wiseman is not expecting to find an
active and passionate enemy within the host Nation, because the real enemy is, of
course, across the English Channel, where the Germans are already well ‘dug in’.
So it will come as quite a shock when he finds himself at violent odds with a young
farm boy, Tom Skinner, whose ongoing expectations from the territory include continued
access, so he can look after the habitat of a colony of Large Blue butterflies; which
species he treats as family; and we meet as cast members.
The Fields of Thyme is a highly visual and emotional ‘ride’, which travels on comedy,
drama, love, hate, misunderstandings, madness; and with just the hint we might consider
revisiting issues of spirituality, and perhaps a recalibration of how important we
are; or are not!