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.
At a Home Guard checkpoint, Foyle and Stewart are surprised by a lorry that rams the barricade and speeds off. When the pursuit culminates, they inadvertently uncover an illicit fuel racket stemming from the local centralised fuel depot. Unable to find a better agent, Foyle allows Stewart, using her driving training, to infiltrate the depot run by manager Michael Bennett. She befriends another female driver, Connie Dewar, and is soon invited to the singles world of dances, servicemen and “neutral” Irish labourers. She is surprised to learn that one of the young men in Dewar’s group is Andrew Foyle. His best friend and Dewar’s beau, is another RAF pilot named Rex Talbot. Soon Stewart notices an irregularity at the depot, when Dewar fails to fully empty the tanker, but before anything can be done, she is found dead. Foyle’s investigations reveal how Talbot’s secret crush on Andrew led to Dewar’s accidental death; that she was pregnant when she died; that the baby’s father was the local nightclub manager – a former racketeer tied up with the thefts and the attempted bombing of the depot; and Pamela Bennett’s complicity with the thefts.
- Set: September 1940.
- Guests: Damian O’Hare, Christina Cole, David Troughton, Sean Baker, and Selina Cadell.
- The relationship and sense of trust between the Foyles is tested when Foyle learns details of Andrew Foyle’s secretive sexual relationship and “engagement” to Dewar’s friend Violet Davies. Foyle again “bends the rules” to the needs of wartime by allowing Talbot, who has confessed to accidentally causing Dewar’s death, to lead the squadron on one last sortie (where he is killed), and then by consoling his son afterwards by praising Talbot as a good man.
- This episode addresses petrol theft and black-marketeering in the new era of wartime rationing, in which petrol was the first item to be restricted. The flying Supermarine Spitfire featured in this episode was Historic Aircraft Collection’s Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597 and the airfield filming took place at Dunsfold.
- Series 2 was broadcast in the United States on PBS on Mystery!, on 18 and 25 July, and 01 and 08 August 2004, as Foyle’s War II, and on Netflix as of April 2014.
Foyle’s War Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 23 November 2003.
- Running time: 99 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.