Foyle's War (2002–2015)

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As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war.


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Series cast summary:
 Christopher Foyle (28 episodes, 2002-2015)
 Samantha Stewart / ... (28 episodes, 2002-2015)
 Paul Milner / ... (21 episodes, 2002-2010)


It is 1940 and Britain stands almost alone against the might of Nazi Germany across the continent. The terrors of nightly bombing raids are only matched by the fear and hysteria of the population at the prospect of the seemingly inevitable German invasion. It is in this environment that Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, of the Hastings Police on the south coast of England, works. Denied a transfer to the war effort, Foyle is nonetheless forced to confront the darkest acts of humanity on a daily basis. With his official driver, Sam, and his subordinate, Paul Milner, Foyle investigates murders, looting and theft, crimes of opportunism, crimes of war, crimes of passion and crimes of greed, because crime isn't stopped because of warfare. Written by Scott

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While the world is at war, one man fights his own battle on the home front.


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Looking for a replacement for its successful "Inspector Morse" series, ITV solicited ideas and picked "Foyle's War" out of 300 submissions. See more »


In the first episode, Foyle's War: The German Woman it is explained that Sergeant Milner joined the police after being been invalided out of the army because he lost part of his leg while fighting. He has a false leg and for the first few episodes he walks with a noticeable limp. However in later episodes his limp has miraculously disappeared and he is able to sprint when he needs to chase suspects. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [to Foyle and Milner] What you both need is a jolly good murder!
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Much more than a detective drama...
13 August 2004 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Foyle's War follows the life of a detective and his team based in Hastings in the south of England during the Second World War.

Although he is obviously called on to investigate crimes, the programme deals with so much more - there is a real feel for what it must have been like to be in Britain when it stood alone against Hitler, when the outcome was not just uncertain, but may well have meant invasion and persecution. The period is therefore much more than a "backdrop". For instance, Foyle's son is in the RAF, and his sergeant was seriously wounded in Norway.

The scripts are intelligent, the plots engrossing and, with casts drawn from the cream of British actors, the performances are impeccable.

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