Foyle's War: Season 1, Episode 1

The German Woman (27 Oct. 2002)

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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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David Horovitch ...
Thomas Kramer
Elizabeth Bell ...
Elsie Kramer
Robert Pickavance ...
Eric Stephens
Neil Conrich ...
Policeman 1
Andrew Powell ...
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Paul Putner ...
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Benedict Sandiford ...
Mark Andrews
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Henry Beaumont
Joanna Kanska ...
Greta Beaumont
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Sarah Beaumont
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Michael Turner
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Robert Goodale ...
Bob Keegan
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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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The German bomber that appears in this episode resembles a twin engine Dornier Do-17, which would be correct in 1940. See more »

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

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DCS Christopher Foyle: The German woman was protected by influential friends, and it's still possible that it was those friends that wanted her dead. She was as fit as you or me, and yet the family doctor lied about an angina condition on her medical report to prevent her from being interned.
Assistant Commissioner Summers: So you've arrested him, this doctor?
DCS Christopher Foyle: No, because he was only a part of it.
Assistant Commissioner Summers: Are you suggesting there was a conspiracy?
DCS Christopher Foyle: I'm suggesting that Henry Beaumont, her husband, is rich and influential, and would find it very easy to ...
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Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
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Character Development Nicely Judged
12 November 2002 | by (Wiltshire, England) – See all my reviews

This really just gets better all the time. The character development of the main protagonists is gently, but effectively carried out, with Michael Kitchen's performance as the quietly calm Superintendent simply outstanding. His ability to convey the full range of emotions, without ever having to resort to shouting or histrionics could be used a Masterclass. Anthony Howell as Det Sgt Paul Milner gives an equally outstanding performance, particularly as he is reduced to a minor character in the first two evidently introductory episodes. Now that the series seems to be hitting its stride, he has progressed from shell-shocked self pity to a nicely judged desperation when faced by his unsympathetic wife. These two main characters are both likeable and plausible and have the ability to gain our sympathies to the extent that the odd plot weakness (notably the final denouement of week 3) can be overlooked. I want to know what happens to them so I do hope there will be a further series.


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