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One of television's favourite detectives, Dci Christopher Foyle, is back – and now he's in the thick of the cold war

One of Britain's favourite television detectives, Dci Christopher Foyle, is poised to return to television this month after a lengthy absence. But instead of sleuthing in the second world war, he will be tackling crime during the cold war.

The eighth series opens in the New Mexico desert with an atomic bomb explosion, witnessed by a British professor and his wife. It then switches to a Russian stealing secrets from his embassy in London. Finally, it shows Foyle – still played with understated precision by Michael Kitchen – stepping off the boat and being asked to apply his detective skills to sniffing out an establishment traitor, with clues involving a homely Thermos flask and stolen radioactive material.

By the end of episode one, called The Eternity Ring, Foyle has agreed, with the trace of a smile, »

- Maggie Brown

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