Foyle's War: Season 4, Episode 2

Bad Blood (22 Jan. 2006)

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Foyle investigates a mysterious disease affecting local farm animals and looks into the stabbing of a war hero.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sandys-Clarke ...
Mark Wilcox
Ben Meyjes ...
Simon Higgins
Philip Franks ...
Captain George Halliday
Jonah Lotan ...
Jay Simpson ...
Caroline Martin ...
Tom Harper ...
Leonard Cartwright
Roy Marsden ...
Ted Cartwright
Kenneth Colley ...
Brian Jones
Gawn Grainger ...
DCS David Fielding
Martin Ashford
Tom Jenkins


August 1942: A truck drops a sheep while driving through farmland. Nearby animals start dying, then a farmer's daughter, and Sam falls ill. Then cows fall sick and mysteriously disappear. Foyle's inquiries lead him to work on biological warfare and the search for a cure for Sam, as her illness looks terminal. Meanwhile, Sgt. Milner investigates the murder of a war hero by a conscientious objector, who happens to be the brother of a past love of his. Written by N. R. Badnell

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The sinking of Convoy PQ17 in July 1942 was the inspiration for "Bad Blood." Of the 37 ships that began the journey from Iceland to Russia, only 11 got through. The rest were sunk by the German navy. 153 merchant marines were lost. See more »


The action takes place August, 1942. The medicine that saved Sam, Streptomycin, wasn't isolated at Rutgers University by a graduate student, Albert Schatz, until October 19, 1943. Clinical trials didn't take place till 1946-1947. See more »


[first lines]
Mark Wilcox: Simon?
Simon Higgins: Good morning, Mark.
Mark Wilcox: How are you?
Simon Higgins: Just missed the quack. No change I'm afraid.
Mark Wilcox: But you are going to be all right?
Simon Higgins: Apart from being blind, you mean?
Mark Wilcox: You shouldn't have done it.
Simon Higgins: Oh, it's only temporary, Mark; I'll be fine. What about the new test?
Mark Wilcox: We're going ahead now.
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References Saboteur (1942) See more »

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A Goof!?
11 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Realising that there are now fewer and fewer viewers who actually lived through the war years in Britain, the accuracy of the scene setting and events is remarkably good. However, in 'Bad Blood'- which we were told was set in 1942 - one of the Anthrax victims (Sam) was cured by using Streptomycin. This wasn't even developed until October 1943 (by Rutgers, in America) and only released for restricted use (i.e. NOT for general hospital use) until the following years. I am also baffled to remember any effort or 'campaign' (apart from the usual wartime shortages), to save light bulbs? Neither can I find a reference to it. However, that is quibbling and generally the programs are excellent, very authentic and almost scarily evocative of living through those days.

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