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The French Drop 

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 ...
Commander Charles Howard
Brian Poyser ...
Rev. Aubrey Stewart
Ellie Haddington ...
Hilda Pierce
Dave Hill ...
Jack Fenner
Sergeant Eric Rivers
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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24 October 2004 (UK)  »

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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 »


Although set in 1941, there's quick shot of Queen Elizabeth II, seated, in pale pink gown. At that time, Princess Elizabeth was 15 and her photo would not be on the walls. 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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Threepence each way?
11 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

In this episode (and also in The White Feather) reference is made to the polygonal brass threepenny coin as "a threepenny piece." But I believe this coin was invariably referred to as "a threepenny bit." (Threepenny, however, is pronounced correctly in both episodes.} In The French Drop we actually see the coin and indeed it is an authentic threepenny bit (piece?) The Oxford English Dictionary is ambiguous - suggesting that "bit" was a colloquialism, just as "quid" was a colloquialism for "pound". But I never heard the "thruppence" referred to as a "piece". What an absorbing series this has been - wondrous acting, costuming, set dressing, filming. And embedded in each episode is an authentic and interesting social/ethical issue.

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