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.
After an air raid, two Luftwaffe airmen, Sabatowski and Schimmel, are captured and handed over to the POW interrogation service’s Major Cornwall. Meanwhile, on Hugh Jackson’s farm, his son Tom (who works as a guard at the POW camp) finds his father shot dead in an apparent suicide. Also on the farm are two Land Girls, Rose Henshall and Joan Dillon, and wood selector Barbara Hicks. Soon, another German airman, Weiser, is found nearby with his pistol missing, and he is taken to the camp’s infirmary by Cornwall. However, irregularities come to light after examining the farmer’s body, and Foyle finds blood while Milner finds a pig carcass in a freshly dug grave, revealing black marketeering at the farm. After Foyle learns Henshall is pregnant with Hugh Jackson’s child, they also find Andrew Neame, the man who supposedly ran away with Jackson’s wife 11 years ago. He denies running away with her, and the truth is revealed – Jackson killed and buried her, and that Weiser is actually a secret agent sent to silence Sabatowski, and he shot Jackson after being discovered.
- Series 3 was broadcast in the United States on PBS on Mystery!, on 11, 18, and 25 September, and 02 October 2005 as Foyle’s War III, and on Netflix as of April 2014.
- Set: April 1941.
- Guests: Nigel Terry, Joe Armstrong, James Wilby, Stella Gonet, Anatole Taubman, Paula Jennings, and Trevor Cooper.
- Foyle is shown to understand German (in addition to French from the last episode) due to his war service. He also explains that he was part of a police football team that played while in Germany in 1936. Stewart is scoffed at by Dillon because of her “cushy” driving job, and decides to help the Land Girls with the potato crop.
- With the air and sea campaigns around the UK, a number of POW camps were set up, as depicted in this episode. The programme also focuses on the voluntary service of the Women’s Land Army, started by the government in June 1939 to increase agricultural production.
Foyle’s War Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 07 November 2004.
- Running time: 92 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.