Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The White Feather 

The arrest of a young girl on a sabotage charge brings Foyle into contact with a group of English Nazi sympathizers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Johnstone
Guy Spencer
Alan Fleming
Isaac Woolton
Maggie Steed ...
Margaret Ellis
Arthur Ellis
Rebekah Manning ...
Ernest Bannerman
Lady Bannerman
Rebecca Charles ...
Rosemary Harwood
Robert Woolton


It's May 1940 and the war news is grim. The Germans are rolling across Europe and invasion fears are affecting everyone. Sgt. Paul Milner, who has been invalided out of the army, settles into his new job at the station. His wife is having difficulty accepting his disability, however. Foyle investigates the activities of Edith Johnson, a maid at the White Feather hotel, who was caught cutting telephone wires. When the owner of the White Feather, Margaret Ellis, is shot Foyle finds himself investigating a murder. The actual target was likely Guy Spencer, the leader of a fascist pro-Nazi movement known as the Friday Club. The case takes a particular twist when Foyle learns that Spenser may be in possession of a letter stolen from the Foreign Office and that Military Intelligence is actively monitoring Spencer and his group. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War





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3 November 2002 (UK)  »

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The Friday Club has echoes of The Monday Club. Formed as a right wing pressure group within the Conservative Party in 1961, the Conservatives severed connections with the Monday Club in 2001 due to its opinions on race and imperialism. Over its history, some Monday Club members have been suspected of supporting the National Front and of being nazis. See more »


Foyle reads a letter from his son, in which Foyle Jnr writes "... I'll get a bit of leave before my wings exam." The photograph of Foyle Junior, next to Foyle's chair, shows him wearing wings already. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [to DCS Foyle about the Day of Prayer service] I hope the vicar's sermon's are shorter than my father's!
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[From Scenes of Childhood]
Written by Robert Schumann
Played at the first social gathering of the guests at the hotel. Rather appropriately, given their sympathies, it is a German tune.]
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Free Speech, but at What Cost
9 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This second episode presents the sickness underlying movements to make the British acquiesce to the wishes of the German invaders during World War II. Free speech is certainly precious, but when the underlying reason for it is anti-semitism and rolling over for a despot, one can easily see why someone like Foyle had a significant job to do.. The people who are holding meetings and welcoming such horrors are the lowest of the low. There is a wonderful sophistication to this show. Foyle is a man of great empathy who is able to look with great compassion at people who would be disenfranchised otherwise. The show avoids the simplistic. One of the major characters is a man who has lost his legs in Norway. There is a subplot where his wife seems to blame him for his infirmities. She is an ugly, spoiled woman, treating him like he is a little child, demeaning his work with Foyle. Another focus is a man who owns a fishing boat who, along with his son (a tragic figure), cross the sea to rescue British soldiers who have been maimed or abandoned in battle.

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