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.
The theft of rationed goods from a government warehouse goes wrong when guards critically shoot one of the perpetrators, 19-year-old Mathew Farley. When his mother reports him missing, investigations lead to a local guesthouse, Brookfield Court, a home patronised by well-off Londoners with the means to move to safer territory. It is at this time that Foyle is accused of making seditious remarks in a bunker during an air raid in London. Detective Chief Inspector Collier arrives from London to investigate, and Foyle is temporarily suspended and placed under house arrest. Investigations soon refocus on the house when Farley’s body is uncovered in the woods nearby, and the house is also searched for contraband. The plot thickens when Frank Vaudrey, a London town councillor, is also found dying at Brookfield Court. Milner is unconvinced by Collier’s conclusion of suicide, and risks his career by giving Foyle details of both cases. Foyle then secretly travels to London, where he soon learns the truth of Vaudrey’s complicity in the deaths of Collier’s mother and sister during a botched air-raid evacuation – clear evidence that Collier is the killer.
- Set: October 1940.
- Guests: Joanna David, Nicholas Farrell, and Jonathan Tafler.
- Andrew is temporarily on medical leave for one week, after forcibly having to ditch his plane into the English Channel due to fog. After an invitation for a drive at his father’s suggestion goes bad, he apologises to Stewart and takes her to see Gone With the Wind. After the movie, while walking back home, they share a kiss and begin a relationship. Meanwhile, Foyle’s tense relationship with his former boss’s successor is also shown, when he arrives unannounced in London, and confronts him over the handling of the case against him. Also, in Foyle’s absence, Stewart is unwillingly compelled to temporarily return to her position at the Mechanised Transport Corps depot.
- In the first year of the war, the British government made dire predictions of the amount of bombing in major cities that would occur and moved large numbers of people out to the countryside. Later, the government reversed these predictions, but certain people who had the means to pay preferred to stay in their temporary lodgings, out of danger. Such hotels and guest houses became known as “funk holes” because their residents’ actions were regarded as cowardice. Further, with daily goods and pet-food in short supply due to wartime rationing, black marketeering of foodstuffs was also an ongoing issue for the authorities.
- 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: 07 December 2003.
- Running time: 99 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.