February 1941: When a manor house is commandeered as a special burn unit for treating injured RAF pilots, Foyle is called in to investigate a series of accidents.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sir Michael Waterford
Sandra Voe ...
Mrs Roecastle
Patrick Jamieson
Dr. Brian Wrenn
Matron Grace Petrie
Peter Blythe ...
Grp Cpt. Lawrence Smythe
Gordon Drake
Greville Woods
Richard Huw ...
Peter Preston


DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate a series of strange events at a local manor house that has been converted to a hospital to treat RAF pilots suffering from extensive burns. Most of the incidents verge on the side of bad jokes, but when a more serious attempt is made on the life of an RAF Group Captain, they take a more serious interest. They learn that an RAF Sergeant with a criminal record, Gordon Drake, is living on a cottage on the estate and has a connection with the estate's owner, Sir Michael Waterford who may not appreciate the way the RAF has commandeered his home. Foyle also learns that Drake was having an affair with the wife of a doctor, Brian Wrenn, who also works at the burn hospital. Foyle's son Andrew, an RAF pilot, has also had several run-ins with Drake. Andrew is also suffering from fatigue and goes AWOL ending up at Sam's flat. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War





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31 October 2004 (UK)  »

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The plane Andrew flies has the markings of Polish Air Force Dyon 317. In some takes you can clearly see the Polish red and white checkerboard, which is still used on all Polish military planes, and the word "Poland" below it. Behind the pilot's cabin the crest of the Unit is also clearly visible. The plane is a good copy of a Spirfire flown during WWII by this particular unit. However it is unlikely that Andrew Foyle would be dying it. See more »


Foyle tells Sam his wife had been dead for 9 years. In #2.4, Andrew tells Sam he was 8 when his mom died which would make Andrew 17 years old, a bit too young for an Oxford student and pilot. He would have been about 13 or 14 when she died since his age in season 2 is 22. See more »


[watching a parody of the real mystery at a hospital revue]
Patient as Jamieson: Mr. Foyle, Mr. Foyle! I need your help! I understand you're a bit of a sleuth.
Patient as Foyle: Which bit did you have in mind?
Patient as Jamieson: My name is Jamieson, and I need someone with a nose for crime!
Patient as Foyle: I'm sorry, Mr. Jamieson, my nose stays where it is.
Patient as Jamieson: Pity. Well, listen to me. Something terrible has happened. Someone has dropped a statue on Group Captain Smythe!
Patient as Foyle: That *is* terrible.
Patient as Jamieson: You're telling me - they missed!
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A Truly Human Episode
13 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe that this particular offering gave us a truly biting view of war and its implications. We are thrust into the world of medicine needed to treat the horrors of this time in history (as we continue to do to this day). Our current wars have flooded us with dismemberment, burns, and, yes, death. It is bad enough for the victims as they try to recover from physical injuries, but the stresses on them brought on by ignorant and insensitive people who now treat them as less then whole, must be a terrifying thing. The young man who awaits the arrival of his betrothed lies in the hospital, feeling less a man. This is soundly portrayed in this excellent portrayal. Foyle's must wade through some really evil events as he guides and directs his investigation.

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