Foyle’s War is a British detective drama television series set during (and shortly after) the Second World War, created by Midsomer Murders screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after the long-running series Inspector Morse ended in 2000.
It began broadcasting on ITV in October 2002. ITV director of programmes Simon Shaps cancelled Foyle’s War in 2007, but complaints and public demand prompted Peter Fincham (Shaps’ replacement) to revive the programme after good ratings for 2008’s fifth series. The final episode was broadcast on 18 January 2015, after eight series.
With air-raids becoming more common, Graham Davies, a local lorry driver is found murdered inside a bombed out house, a gold locket in his hand. Meanwhile, Foyle’s son Andrew returns from RAF training and is posted to a local radar station as a test pilot for their systems, but his time there is troubled. Against this, Stewart’s father, Reverend Iain Stewart, tries to take her back home from the apparently dangerous influences of life as a woman in uniform. After visiting the Whittington Gallery in London, Foyle wonders whether artworks shipped to Wales by the driver are all that they seem, and is helped when Iain identifies a valuable French statue by chance. Andrew’s queries and arrest bring the two cases to a head as Foyle’s investigations reveal the reason – the sexual assault, pregnancy, and suicide of Lucy Smith – a WAAF – and ensuing cover up (under the guise of Official Secrets Act), and revenge by Harold Smith, her father.
- Set: August 1940.
- Guests: Hugh Lloyd, Anthony Calf, Stephen Moore, Naomi Frederick, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Katy Brittain, Geoffrey Hutchings, Julian Ovenden, Jamie Parker, and Tom Bowles.
- Andrew Foyle is assigned duty flying low altitude missions in a brand-new Supermarine Spitfire, to help calibrate the new British technology of RDF (radar) and finds himself embroiled in the cover-up of a suicide scandal. During the investigation, it is revealed that Andrew became a nominal member of the British Communist Party in 1938, while attending Oxford, in reaction to the events of the Spanish Civil War. Milner now walks without the use of a cane, but still has a noticeable limp. It is revealed that Foyle’s wife died “eight years ago”, making her death sometime around 1932. He also speaks to his son about volunteering for service in the first war, becoming a private, serving in France for three years, being promoted, and that he had killed during combat.
- Eagle Day, or Adlertag in German, refers to 13 August 1940, the first day of Unternehmen Adlerangriff (“Operation Eagle Attack”), when the Germans attacked radar stations in Britain. In this episode, it is represented when a bomb hits the radar station while Foyle was walking outside it. The Supermarine Spitfire used in the episode is the 1943 built Spitfire LF Mk.IXb MH434, owned and operated by The Old Flying Machine Company. The scenes where Andrew Foyle flies under a bridge on his first ‘mission’ were reused from the 1988 TV series Piece of Cake (flown by Ray Hanna in MH434).
- Filmed: June and July 2002.
Foyle’s War Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 17 November 2002.
- Running time: 98 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.