Foyle's War: Season 3, Episode 1

The French Drop (24 Oct. 2004)

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February 1941: Foyle again pursues a position that would allow him to contribute more to the war effort. But a local murder investigation sidetracks this endeavor as Foyle finds himself caught between rival spy organizations.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
French Agent
Mark Berry ...
William Messinger / Facteur
Amanda Pointer ...
Admiralty Receptionist
Lt. Col. James Wintringham
Admiral James Francis
Sir Giles Messinger
Rupert Frazer ...
Brian Poyser ...
Ellie Haddington ...
Dave Hill ...
Jack Fenner
Geoffrey Freshwater ...
John Grillo ...


Detective Chief Inspector Foyle is still itching to make a greater contribution to the war effort and there is the possibility of an appointment to Naval Intelligence in Liverpool. Sgt. Milner's wife has left him and returned to Wales and he too is considering leaving Hastings and to start afresh. They first have to investigate the death of a young man who died in an explosion. The body was badly disfigured and the only thing they have to go on is the man's gold pocket watch but they believe him to be William Messinger, the son of Sir Giles Messinger. Foyle traces the younger Messinger to a secret training school, Hill House, and determines that they're dealing with a clever deception and competition between military intelligence and the newly formed Special Operations Executive. Written by garykmcd

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The SOE division really existed and initially was as ineffective as portrayed here. The caborundum powder used to sabotage Foyle's car was actually developed by the unit. See more »


The British didn't say "classified" during WW2: they said "secret" or "top secret". See more »


Samantha Stewart: [Sam has come to pick up her boss from the SOE HQ] Good afternoon sir!
DCS Christopher Foyle: Glad to see you!
Samantha Stewart: I was rather worried they weren't going to let you out.
DCS Christopher Foyle: So was I.
Samantha Stewart: So what do they actually do here?
DCS Christopher Foyle: You wouldn't believe me, if I told you.
Samantha Stewart: Are you going to?
DCS Christopher Foyle: No.
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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Threepenny pieces
14 June 2012 | by (Perry, NY United States) – See all my reviews

With regard to the usage "threepenny piece" as discussed in another review, now that Google Ngram Viewer exists, it is possible to to search for the frequency of phrases in printed material from an era. In this case, I searched "threepenny piece" and "threepenny bit". The first comes up as the older usage, the latter more recent, with the popularity of each phrase crossing about 1910: I am afraid readers will have to submit the search again themselves, as it appears IMDb is not allowing me to include the search results link.

It seems to me "threepenny piece" is the more formal term, supplanted over time by a more slangy usage, though my instinct could be wrong. Still, "threepenny piece" was certainly in use at the time of the war.

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