Foyle's War: Season 2, Episode 1

Fifty Ships (16 Nov. 2003)

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After Foyle is a guest at a friend's home at a dinner for an important American diplomat, a suicide victim and German agent both are discovered near the house.

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Rebecca Johnson ...
Jenny Wentworth
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Henry Jamieson
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Mrs. Esther Harrison
Clive Merrison ...
Dr. Alan Redmund
Paul Foster ...
Colin Morton
John Rake ...
Air Raid Warden
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Kenneth Hunter
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Nicholas Le Prevost ...
Arthur Lewes
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Elizabeth Lewes
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Tom Fairweather
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Bob Fraser
Tom Georgeson ...
Richard Hunter
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September 1940: DCS Foyle investigates the murder of Richard Hunter whose body is found on a nearby beach. Although made to look like a suicide, Foyle has his doubts. Hunter was a heavy drinker and not very successful in life, but Foyle learns that he went to Oxford university. Howard Paige, a senior American government official is in the UK on top secret business. Foyle becomes re-acquainted with his first true love, Elizabeth Lewes, who he was unable to marry when her father refused them permission. Samantha Stewart finds herself homeless when her boarding house is bombed and, unable to find suitable lodgings, has taken to sleeping in the cells. Written by garykmcd

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The comedy radio show that the desk sergeant listens to is It's That Man Again (known as ITMA) starring Tommy Handley. This was a staple radio show throughout the 1940s. See more »

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The plane that Paige flies home in is a Douglas C-47. The episode takes place in September 1940. However the first C-47 didn't fly until the end of 1941. See more »

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[Jamieson, a volunteer firefighter, has been caught stealing valuables from bombed-out houses]
Henry Jamieson: I haven't got anything to say to you.
DCS Christopher Foyle: Well, that doesn't surprise me. You know, I sometimes wonder why I do this job. And then I come across someone like you. I mean, we're living in such evil times, when the whole world seems to be sinking into some sort of mire. And as if Hitler wasn't enough, we got the likes of you, who capitalize on other people's misery, who hurt them, make things even worse for ...
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Moonlight Sonata
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Quite good
5 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've given this episode a seven out of ten, which I consider a well-spent night's entertainment, if not great drama. Foyle's son doesn't show up here, but the stolid Foyle does meet an old flame, with predictable results. The first reviewer complained about the American accent attempted by one of the actors. This seems a minor criticism to me, considering that American actors must surely mangle British accents in the same way. It's a British production, made with British actors for a British audience, and I see no need for perfection in foreign accents. I'm far more concerned when I see, whether in books or television, Americans portrayed as characters I don't recognize. One would wonder, based on such portrayals, how Americans manage to tie their shoes in the morning, much less run a modern industrial nation. In this case, the character is a perfectly reasonable one.

Of particular note to me was the pairing as husband and wife of Clive Merrison and Janine Duvitski, both familiar to me in single roles - Merrison in BBC4's series as Sherlock Holmes, and Duvitski as the always-abused assistant to the manager of an old age home in Waiting for God. Now there's an interesting combination.


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