Foyle's War: Season 1, Episode 2

The White Feather (3 Nov. 2002)

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With the English army trapped in France and a German invasion imminent, a Nazi sympathizer is murdered during a pro-Facist meeting at a country hotel.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Ellis ...
Edith Johnstone
Guy Spencer
Colin Tierney ...
Alan Fleming
Isaac Woolton
Michael Simkins ...
Maggie Steed ...
Margaret Ellis
Arthur Ellis
Rebekah Manning ...
Ernest Bannerman
Amanda Walker ...
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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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 »


Guy Spencer: [to Milner] When the war is over, which could be very soon, believe me, it's going to be very important to have the right friends.
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Nazi sympathizers make plans for after the German invasion of Britain
23 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fifth Columnist movements allowed Nazis to take over entire countries in a matter of days. Internal agents worked hard to undermine any resistance to might of the German War Machine, always under the guise of "patriotism".

This dry historical fact was true in central Europe, Britain and also America (with the America First movement). This story nicely shows the human cost of war and treason.

Looking back from the safety of our suburban life we forget how difficult World War was. Throughout this episode there is the danger of immanent German invasion of Britain. In the lead character's case this would have meant that he and all his co-workers would have been summarily shot.

This story shows how it was the bravery of common people and citizen soldiers and common folk willing to risk all in a personally costly fight against evil that, somehow, miraculously defeated the great evil of Nazism. This particular episode very nicely shows that personal cost against great evil.

There is an analogy going on in Britain today -- and America, the schools of Beslan, Iraq and the streets of the suburbs of Paris.

Is your car burning?

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