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
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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Taylor and Susan are in the hay barn and hear gunshots. Taylor says it is probably Farmer Giles and his blunderbuss. J. R. R. Tolkien's story "Farmer Giles of Ham" does contain a blunderbuss and was written in 1939 but not published untill 1949. See more »


The American soldiers are members of the 215th Engineering Battalion (Aviation) on a mission to construct an airfield for the U.S. Army Air Corps. However the members of this unit wear the divisional insignia of the First Infantry Division. The First Infantry Division did not have a unit like the 215th in its table of organization and, in any case, did not arrive in England until July 1942, four months after the events depicted in this episode. See more »


[first lines]
Boy at Roadside: [yells] The Jerries are here. The Jerries are here.
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First Clunker...
20 June 2010 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

I was really disappointed with this episode & thought it showed far too much revisionism in both its historical reference points (some of which have been commented upon elsewhere, specifically having to do with inaccurate locations & anomalies in medical history) and especially the stereotypical behavior of bigoted locals and boorish "Yanks".

In particular the rude behavior by the American sergeant towards Foyle in front of his captain without a breath of a reprimand rings loudly false but also the extremely outgoing uninhibited yahoo behavior of the "Yank" soldiers which would not have been in character with 1940s recruits though of course highly amusing and identifiable with 21st century "hip" viewers.

A real disappointment.

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