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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Horovitch ...
Thomas Kramer
Elizabeth Bell ...
Elsie Kramer
Robert Pickavance ...
Eric Stephens
Neil Conrich ...
Policeman 1
Andrew Powell ...
Official 1
Paul Putner ...
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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When Foyle and Milner are discussing the case notes, Milner is sitting up in bed. When Foyle leaves, Milner is lying down in the bed as he was the first time he and Foyle spoke. See more »


DCS Christopher Foyle: Where are you gonna be based?
Andrew Foyle: I'm not allowed to tell you.
[His father gives him a look]
Andrew Foyle: It's a drome just ouside some god-awful place never heard of up in Russia.
DCS Christopher Foyle: Scotland!
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Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
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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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