Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The German Woman 

The German wife of a rich and influential aristocrat exempted from wartime internment is found decapitated in the midst of anti-German feeling.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Kramer
Elizabeth Bell ...
Elsie Kramer
Robert Pickavance ...
Eric Stephens
Neil Conrich ...
Policeman 1
Andrew Powell ...
Official 1
Official 2
Asst. Commissioner Summers
Benedict Sandiford ...
Mark Andrews
Henry Beaumont
Joanna Kanska ...
Greta Beaumont
Sarah Beaumont
Michael Turner
Robert Goodale ...
Bob Keegan


Series premiere. England, May 1940: Set against the backdrop of Hastings, East Sussex, during World War II, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle is thwarted in his attempts to serve his country in the war effort. Instead, his duty is to serve his local community, effectively sitting out the war, by investigating petty crimes and an occasional murder or two. Written by a fan

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War





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27 October 2002 (UK)  »

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The German bomber that appears in this episode resembles a twin engine Dornier Do-17, which would be correct in 1940. See more »


Milner's army rank was corporal, but the caption for his photograph in the newspaper called him Sergeant. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [Sam is treating a wounded civilian] It's all right, it's not broken, it's all to stop the bleeding.
DCS Christopher Foyle: That's a very good job.
Samantha Stewart: They taught us basic first aid in the MTC, my instructor said he'd rather bleed to death, than be bandaged by me.
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Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Excellent Beginning
1 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's 1940 and England is under siege by the Germans. The U.S. is in maintaining its isolationist pose which the Japanese are going to change in a year. The episode begins with an Austrian man, who was a part of the Austrian Philharmonic but had to leave after speaking out against the oppressors, being put in an internment camp along with his wife. He was seen taking a picture of his wife with a borrowed camera and hence labeled a spy. His wife dies at the camp and their nephew tries to intervene and get him out. We are introduced to Detective Foyle's, who has been sent to a village to root out a ring that is taking money to keep young men out of the army. While there, he runs into a frightened community, who are bristling at anything Deutsch. A rich man has a wife who is German and she becomes a suspicious character. After a bomb is dropped on the village, she is murdered. There are numerous layers to investigate here, including the death of a young bar maid. Also, Foyle's son heads off to war. This is the story of a man trying to reclaim his purpose and dignity. It is a subtle and masterful use of acting and wonderful settings to tell a very good story. I look forward to more.

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