June 1940: Foyle investigates the death of David Beale, who hanged himself while in police custody. He had been placed in custody for breach of the peace for causing a ruckus in the aftermath of having been refused conscientious objector status. Soon after, the judge presiding at Beale's hearing, Lawrence Gascoigne, has a brick thrown through his window with a threatening note attached. The case becomes a murder investigation when a member of Gascoigne's household is killed. Foyle must determine if this is as a result of Beale's death or another, as yet unknown, motive. Sgt. Milner's wife announces that she's going to visit her sister in Wales. Italy enters the war with tragic results for Foyle's friend, restaurateur Carlo Lucciano. Written by
Sophia Myles was David Tennant's girlfriend at the time and they would both work together again on "Doctor Who", which Myles appeared in the 2nd series as Madame De Pomapdour in the 4th episode of that season "The Girl in the Fireplace". See more »
It is stated that Lawrence Gasgoine was paid a £2,000 bribe by Raymond Brooks, that would have been a huge amount of money in 1940, equivalent to over £100,000 in today's money, £100 would be more believable. See more »
[Opening lines as he addresses his draft board]
I don't believe in war. I don't believe it solves anything. War is evil. It;s irrational, and if history has taught us anything, it's that war only leads to more war... more killing... bigger armies. You want me to join up? What you want me to do is take a lesson in murder. That's really all it is... , and I stand here today because that is a lesson I refuse to take!
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It must have taken a lot to declare yourself a conscientious objector at the outset of World War II. The episode begins with the apparent suicide of a young man who has been put in jail for arguing over being dismissed by a judge. Now the episode revolves around that judge, his wife, an Italian restaurant owner, his son, and a pacifist group, living in town. Sadly, there is also a young boy who has been living with the judge and his family. He is a bit wild. He was sent away for his protection against potential attack by the German Luftwaffe. At some point, he opens the door to a little house, which has been rigged with a grenade. He is killed and this sends Foyle and his people into action. Foyle is a man of great integrity, who must be a policeman first, but recognize that the world, even in war time, isn't very simple. Hate and suspicion are rearing their heads as full scale war is inevitable. I am excited to see more episodes of this series.
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