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.
Seeking to crack down on organised crime, Milner goes undercover in the building business, which leads Foyle’s team to possible racketeering at the Talbot Shipyard. Assistant Commissioner Rose directs Foyle to investigate communist leader Raymond Carter, who is in Hastings with his fiancée, who is Rose’s daughter, painter Lucinda Sheridan. Carter rebukes Foyle for his inquiry, and Sheridan goes on to explain his commitment to the People’s Convention. The story then follows Royal Engineers Captain Hammond, Jack Archer, and Ernest Jones, who are called to the shipyard, and find a cache of money which they steal. Foyle later learns from a shop steward and union agitator, Derek Woodgate, that only 200 people work at the yard, while the Talbot brothers have been receiving wages for 400. Later, the body of Jones is found, killed by Talbot’s henchmen, and Hammond decides to booby-trap a suitcase, ending up killing himself and the Talbot brothers. The money is then returned to the government.
- 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: June 1941.
- Guests: Peter Capaldi, Peter-Hugo Daly, Charles Pemberton, David Westhead, Dugald Bruce Lockhart, and Joanna Horton.
- In this episode, it is revealed that Sergeant Eric Rivers, who normally mans the front desk, has a daughter named Gwen. Further, Stewart agrees to testify on behalf of Jack Archer, Gwen’s fiancé, later agreeing to be her bridesmaid.
- The Chatham Dockyards provided the location for the shipyard, featuring both HMS Ocelot and HMS Cavalier. The shipyard racket is based on a real case of fraud by Frederick Porter of Liverpool in 1942, whose ship scaling business embezzled over £300,000 from the government. Rose also invokes Defence Regulation 18B as an extra-legal means of getting to Carter. The episode ends with the announcement of Operation Barbarossa.
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.