Foyle's War: Season 1, Episode 3

A Lesson in Murder (10 Nov. 2002)

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Foyle investigates the suicide of a pacifist and death threats to the judge who ruled against his conscientious objector status.

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Madeleine Worrall ...
Florence Beale
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Lawrence Gascoigne
Ian Peck ...
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Bill Ferris
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June 1940: Foyle investigates the death of David Beale, who hung 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 garykmcd

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The Hand Grenade that was tied with a wire to the doorknob as a booby-trap is an American Mk2 "Pineapple". While the grooved cast iron "pineapple" shape design is similar, the top part is different to the standard Mills Bomb Hand Grenade standard use by the British. The British never use American grenades in their service as it has its own Mills Bomb.

It can even argued that the American Mk2 grenade was even in the wrong time to make an appearance in Britain as the episode takes place in 1940 while the Lend Lease was in effect only in Spring 1941. American arms and munitions cannot be in Britain during that timeline. See more »

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David Beale: [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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