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.
A young man, Daniel Woolf, the son of Sir David Woolf, a high-profile wealthy Jewish businessman, is assaulted in the grounds of a university and Foyle begins to wonder if the attack is racially motivated. Tensions between intelligence agencies are also mounting, in particular with the Foreign Office, whose operatives are running a fictitious organisation, “Defenders of Arab Palestine”, who are bombing transport ships in France in order to reduce Jewish immigration pressure to Palestine. Tensions are also starting to run high in London with a charismatic right-wing leader, Charles Lucas, head of the International Unity Party, agitating anti-immigrant, anti-Slavic, and anti-Semitic sentiments leading to a riot. Foyle also helps to uncover a bomb threat to the proposed Palestine conference in London, a product of the increasing tensions between competing Arab and Jewish interests in the region.
- The first two episodes were broadcast at 8:00 pm on ITV, the final one was transmitted at 9:00 pm.
- “Elise” was broadcast in the United States as Foyle’s War VIII, on PBS’ Masterpiece and on Acorn TV.
- Set: November 1946.
- Guests: Richard Lintern, Alexander Arnold, Alex Jennings, Finbar Lynch, John Heffernan, Matilda Ziegler, and Jonathan Tafler.
- Adam Wainwright continues serving as an MP, while Sam Wainwright continues helping Foyle with his work. She also takes interest in a local boy suffering from whooping cough. Foyle briefly resigns after being set-up while trying to meet members of an Arab delegation, and it is revealed at the end of the episode that Addis is working for Pierce.
- The episode opens with newsreel coverage of the King David Hotel bombing in Jerusalem on 22 July 1946, which acts as a background to later tensions over the Palestine issue in London. References are also made to graffiti depicted symbolising Perish Judah (“PJ”), and a Right Club type of organisation which agitates Londoners in Adam Wainwright’s electoral district. The show also references the early stages of the formation of the NHS.
Foyle’s War Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 11 January 2015.
- Running time: 87 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.