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.
Stewart and Wainwright are now running a dilapidated local guest house together, where Mandy Dean, an unmarried mother, is one of the residents. Dean, who had been disowned by her mother, struggles to make ends meet and her situation is complicated by the return of her former boyfriend, a boxer named Tommy Duggan who was sent Scotland due to conscientious objection. Foyle investigates a series of nighttime holdups against apparent war profiteers, leading him to the nearby US military base run by Major Wesker. Dean’s lover, Private Gabe Kelly, an African-American, appeals to Wesker to marry Dean, but is later set up as the prime suspect in her murder. Foyle uncovers evidence of Wesker’s deputy, MP Sergeant Calhoun, and his corrupt and collusive activities at the base, and of Wesker’s complicity in murdering Dean after extorting sexual favours from her in return for favourable treatment of her visa case.
- Series Six was broadcast in the United States on PBS stations on Masterpiece Mystery! as Foyle’s War VI on 02, 09 and 16 May 2010, and on Netflix as of April 2014.
- Set: July 1945.
- Guests: Obi Abili, Adam James, Andrew Hawkins, Max Brown, Zoe Telford, Christopher Mellows, Sam Spruell, Neil McCaul, Nicholas Shaw, Trevor White, Victoria Lennox, Nicholas Gleaves, Joseph Long, Nick Dunning, Charlotte Riley, and John Sharian.
- Foyle continues his work at the Hastings Police Station, where he opposes a racial segregation order at the town council, and in his spare time, continues his hobby of fly fishing. Foyle is supported by a new assistant detective, DC Hadley, and Milner (who is now working in Brighton) does not appear in this episode. Stewart and Wainwright continue their work running and organising the guest house, and slowly begin to become closer as they help Dean and her baby.
- The primary theme in the episode is prejudice and segregation imposed by the US Military on its soldiers and in locations visited by soldiers near to its bases (as seen in incidents such as the 1943 Battle of Bamber Bridge in Lancashire and the 1944 Park Street riot in Bristol). Another theme is that of the “conchie”, conscientious objectors, returning to civilian life along with demobbed soldiers. Underlying all of these is the social stigma against unplanned single motherhood and a tension (particularly among US troops of the time) against interracial relationships.
Foyle’s War Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 18 April 2010.
- Running time: 92 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.