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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War





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17 November 2002 (UK)  »

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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 »


The airfield tents shown next to the hanger are not 1940 vintage. The two sizes shown are Tent General Purpose Mk2 7x9 and Mk3 9x9 known also as a Command Post Tent and both date from the 1970's. See more »


[Andrew has spotted a car approching]
DCS Christopher Foyle: Here comes the cavalry!
[the pair walk over to the car]
Samantha Stewart: [leaning across Milner] We were getting worried about you, sir. Are you all right?
DCS Christopher Foyle: [glancing at Andrew] Well, no thanks to this one!
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The Spoils of War
25 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Germans do a bombing run and when a collapsed building is combed, a man is found with a knife in his chest. It appears that he was not killed in the explosion but rather, murdered. His wife admits to having had an affair. She is filled with guilt. Meanwhile, Foyle's son, a pilot for the RAF, instead of getting his own assignment to fly into battle is put into a test pilot program, using experimental jets. The problem is that while he is doing this heroic work for the war effort, he can't tell anyone what he is doing. As a matter of fact, he comes under suspicion for spying (this, of course, is not true, but he is being vilified by some overzealous brass). The effort to explain the stabbing and the incarceration of his son become the two principle problems Foyle must deal with. There are levels of authority that must be dealt with and, of course, they are unyielding in their tunnel vision way. A separate issue has to do with the shortsightedness of a minister father, trying to diminish the importance of the young woman who is Foyle's driver. I liked this episode.

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