Foyle's War TV PG
Airing in four installments
Sundays, June 6 through 27, 2004 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)
Aired previously February 2003
"... Cracking stuff in a Frederick Forsyth-meets-Agatha Christie sort of way... "
--Robert Gore-Langton in The Daily Express
Spring and summer 1940: World War II has just begun and England looks all but doomed in the face of an inevitable German invasion. Still, someone has to fight crime on the home front and who better than Christopher Foyle? Michael Kitchen (Reckless, Oliver Twist) stars as the dogged detective chief inspector who faces four difficult cases on Foyle's War.
The quietly enigmatic Foyle would much rather serve his country in the armed forces, but his superiors deem him indispensable for combating the heightening anarchy along England's south coast, where the German army is expected any day. Uncertainty, espionage, bombs and internment are the new facts of life for Foyle and those around him. Yet sometimes they merge with an old one of affluent England -- murder.
Foyle's snappy young driver, Samantha "Sam" Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks, A Dark Adapted Eye), is eager to apply her amateur sleuthing skills to Foyle's complex cases. And his physically and emotionally maimed assistant, Detective Sergeant Paul Milner (Anthony Howell, Wives and Daughters) is suffering the aftereffects of British action against Germans in Norway, where he lost a leg. The woefully small team proves to be more than up to the challenge.
Producer Jill Green says: "Foyle's War is set at the beginning of the Second World War, when people's lives were turned upside down. With that very dramatic background, it focuses on life on the home front -- those who were left at home rather than those away fighting the war.
Writer Anthony Horowitz says: "The war adds another dimension for Foyle -- a personal crusade to fight crime when values and morality are shaken up and all of Europe is engaged in killing. These aren't 'war stories,' yet the turmoil of those years allows us to explore a rich variety of storylines."
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