American troops arrive in Britain and the Corps of Engineers building an airstrip on a Hastings farm is met with resentment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert O'Sullivan ...
Boy at Roadside
Susan Davies
Alan Carter
Andrew MacLachlan ...
Dr Mark Rogers
Peter Jonfield ...
Harold Grayson
Sergeant Jack O'Connor
Jonah Lotan ...
Keith Barron ...
David Barrett
Will Grayson
Stan Davies
Jane Wood ...
Mary Davies
Jay Simpson ...


March 1942: The US Army Corps of Engineers arrives in Hastings to build an aerodrome and Foyle needs to calm a local farmer whose land has been requisitioned by the government. Foyle also gets hooked into giving a lecture to the American GIs on local customs. It all takes a more serious turn when a local barmaid, Susan Davies, is found strangled. She had been seeing one of the GIs and was pregnant, but was also involved selling illegal whiskey for her employer, Alan Carter. Meanwhile Sgt. Milner investigates the death of friend, Will Grayson, who died in a house fire. He had been drinking at Carter's pub but wasn't drunk when he left and Milner can't quite figure out why his friend didn't get out of the burning house in time. Finally, Sam gets unhappy news from boyfriend Andrew. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Boy at Roadside: [yells] The Jerries are here. The Jerries are here.
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Telling it like it was ...
5 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

According to my mother, this is a very accurate portrait of the atmosphere generated by the arrival of the US troops in Britain in 1942. She was living on the access road to a US airbase during the war, and says the US troops were like nothing the British had ever come across before and were indeed greeted with suspicion if not outright hostility by many of the locals. The sergeant's outburst is no more than a plot device. And while he would most certainly not have been allowed to get away with it in real life, he's merely being used to voice the opinion that was held by many of the men who arrived after the US joined the war. And "late to the last war, late to this one" was a mantra heard frequently at the time, like it or not. The portrayal of the US troops is, in fact, very even handed and Kieffer in particular comes across as a quiet, thoughtful and civilized man - a perfect friend for Foyle, in fact. In common, I think, with a lot of other people, I hoped at the time that he might become a semi-recurrent character and was pleased to see him reappear in 'All Clear' - albeit severely traumatized. A fine and thought provoking episode.

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