Foyle's War: Season 3, Episode 1

The French Drop (24 Oct. 2004)

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February 1941: A local murder investigation sidetracks Foyle's endeavor to pursue a position that would contribute more to the war effort as he 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
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 »


This is 1941. In the background the radio plays Le Mer, sung by Charles Trenet (at the training camp. Trenet only composed this song in 1943 and the first recording of any kind was in 1946. 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 Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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some minor complaints
18 January 2011 | by (Winchester, England) – See all my reviews

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a very resourceful organisation and had some very extraordinary people working for it but I doubt whether even they could have arranged to play Charles Trenet's record of"La Mer"in the Hill House lounge in February 1941. The song was not composed until 1943, 2 years after the action portrayed in this episode was supposed to have taken place. There are plenty of other artists and recordings that could have given the same, but more accurate, wartime music atmosphere.

I also felt that the amount of butter provided by the Rev. Aubrey Stewart on the tea table was excessively generous - probably an entire month's ration, which is unlikely.

Still, it was an enjoyable episode...

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