Foyle's War: Season 1, Episode 4

Eagle Day (17 Nov. 2002)

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Foyle investigates a man found with a knife in his stomach in a bombed out building while son Andrew gets involved in a top secret radar program.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Thomas ...
Katy Brittain ...
Joyce Davies
Fergus Webster ...
Tom Bowles ...
Graham Davies
Jamie Parker ...
Bruce Leighton-Morris
Hugh Lloyd ...
Frank Watson
Martin Keller
Alastair Graeme
Louise Breckon-Richards ...
Jane Holdsworth
Naomi Frederick ...
Anne Roberts
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Harold Smith


August 1940: During the blitz, a man is found in his bombed-out house, stabbed in the chest. The man was a lorry driver who was transporting works of art to Wales for safekeeping. Foyle suspects that the man's job and the art work are somehow related to his death. Foyle's son Andrew, an RAF pilot, stops in en route to his first operational assignment. Disappointed at not being assigned to a squadron, he finds that he is to assist in the development of a new technology - radar. Things get dicey when Andrew is accused of giving information to the enemy. Sam receives a visits from her clergyman father who insists that she pack it in and return home. Written by garykmcd

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Bawdsey Manor, used as a filming location for the radar testing that Andrew Foyle takes part in, was the birthplace of Britain's radar defence network. See more »


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DCS Christopher Foyle: So how did it go?
Samantha Stewart: Not very well. He rumbled me. In fact he pinched me.
DCS Christopher Foyle: Pinched you?
Samantha Stewart: Yes. Quite hard. Really hurt!
DCS Christopher Foyle: Right I'm gonna go and talk to him.
Samantha Stewart: No. Leave it. Its alright.
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22 October 2013 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

I've been watching the first year of Foyle's War on DVD and am very impressed. Love the stories, love the characters, great acting, great sense of actually being there in the early days of the war in Britain.

But this one I do not like. It's too complicated! There are too many threads that just barely connect, and too many coincidences. I'm not going to say much more as I don't want to reveal any spoilers.

The story opens with the murder of a man who drives a truck (lory). It develops that he was hired to drive art masterpieces from a museum in London to a safe hiding place in Wales. But is that why he was murdered?

Immediately a second plot begins with Foyle's son Andrew flying some missions to help the RAF test its radar. It was neat to see how important radar was to the success of the British air force. I do love the history that one learns in these stories. But Andrew soon gets into some trouble with his superiors at this secret base. It seems to have something to do with an old college friend of his, who apparently is being shadowed by someone. Who? And what has that to do with the art museum masterpieces?

Throw in another subplot about Samantha's father, and you've got quite a complicated story.

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