Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Enemy Fire 

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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Dr. Brian Wrenn
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Matron Grace Petrie
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Grp Cpt. Lawrence Smythe
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Gordon Drake
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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 flying it. See more »

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Two characters are identified as Aircraftsmen in the credits. They are in fact Aircraftmen (men of aircraft, not craftsmen of the air). (Even RAF personnel sometimes make this error - but error it is!) See more »

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[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?
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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.
[laughter]
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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'Foyle's War' is on fire with this episode
2 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Loved 'Foyle's War' and was immediately hooked when first getting into it. Love it even more now, on re-watches things that didn't quite make sense at first are clearer and things that were not noticed or appreciated before are and much admired. Everything that came over as brilliant on first viewings still are brilliant on re-watches.

"Enemy Fire" to me is up there with the best 'Foyle's War' episodes. It is a shame agreed that the faulty slider plot element is not particularly well thought out, with inconsistencies and lazy logic as mentioned already, and sticks out like a sore thumb amidst an exceptional episode everywhere else. It is the only thing that is wrong, but sadly is too big a flaw to overlook because the whole story centres around it. Like with many 'Foyle's War' episodes, on re-watch there was much more appreciation had for how well established the character development, tone and themes are and things that didn't quite connect entirely at first made more sense on re-watches.

Have always admired the visual detail that went into 'Foyle's War' and how high quality the production values are, with beautiful costumes, the evocative way the characters are made up, the look of the houses and cars, pretty locations and authentic-looking scenery. The music is in keeping with the mood and doesn't overpower the drama while still making an impact.

Writing is intelligent, sophisticated and thought-provoking, establishing Foyle's personality with so much depth already and providing some tense and heart-tugging moments. The story is complicated, with a lot of strands that requires full attention, but clever and from start to finish intriguing. It paces itself deliberately but with so much going on it's never once dull and the twists and turns that slowly unfold keep coming. All the conflicts, social/ethical themes and how the period is portrayed are handled beautifully and tastefully and there is a real sense that war itself is a central character and has terrible implications.

One thing that wasn't picked up by me but now is and admired hugely is the tackling of what was seen as truths but some really misconceptions and seeing British during the war in a new light. This was a bold move and dealt with a lot of honesty and tact. The background information is so well researched and is every bit as interesting as the mystery itself. The character tensions were also handled very well and added a lot of intrigue.

Michael Kitchen is truly superb as Foyle, subtle, intensely determined, commanding and above all human. One of the most interesting television detectives there's ever been and Kitchen has rarely been better. Honeysuckle Weeks is charming and loyal, with some nice touches of subtle humour as ever, and Anthony Howell is wonderful, the character has always been developed very well and Howell continues to come into his own with each episode. Julian Ovendon likewise.

John Wood, Shaun Dooley and especially John Fillingham stand out of an across-the-board great supporting cast.

Overall, exceptional episode that sees the show on fire despite the glaring plot flaw. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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