Foyle's War: Season 4, Episode 3

Bleak Midwinter (11 Feb. 2007)

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The death of a woman in a munitions factory becomes linked with the murder of Milner's estranged wife as he falls under suspicion and Foyle strives to clear his name.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ambler ...
Grace Phillips
Gavin Brocker ...
Harry Osborne
Ann Beach ...
Hilda Greenwood
Sian Brooke ...
Phyllis Law (as Siân Brooke)
Eddie Baker
Caroline Martin ...
Michael Parkhouse ...
Brian Tremayne
PC Peters
Jay Simpson ...
Will Beer ...
Eric Clayton
Neville Johnson
Mali Harries ...


December 1942: DCS Foyle investigates the death of Grace Phillips who died in what appears to be an accident in a munitions factory. Grace, who had been living with her boyfriend Harry Osborne, had become very sad of late and had mysteriously mentioned something about thievery to a fellow worker just a week before her death. Sgt. Milner's estranged wife Jane, whom he's not seen for over two years, visits him unexpectedly. Jane knew the dead girl and had important information for her husband, but she is killed while on her way to tell him. When evidence points to Sgt. Milner as the perpetrator, Foyle is forced to suspend him. Meanwhile the staff at the police station are overly preoccupied with the evidence gathered in a racketeering case - especially a plump turkey. Written by garykmcd

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Good but not great
23 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Because Foyle's War is so good, an episode that isn't up to the high quality feels a bit of a let down. This one is, as always, well acted and directed, but the plot is weak. It also suffers from an odd and rather unforgivable mistake. When the murder is committed, the murderer's face is visible (and if you're watching it on a DVD, you can pause it and see exactly who did it). Not that there's a lot of suspense in this episode, since there's really only one bad character in it. And lo and behold! he's really bad. The tension is supposed to come from a frame-up involving poor Anthony Howell's Paul Milner, but that's just awkward since we know he didn't do it, so it's only a matter of time until he's proved innocent.

Also, there's still the odd issue of miscasting. The Milner part is written for an average guy who women ignore but who is steady and reliable, and who is lucky in the last few episodes to finally find a homely but sweet woman who actually seems attracted to him--even Milner's wife is only using him for her own needs. Meanwhile, Howell resembles an Armani model spending a little time here between appearances on the Milan runway . He's a good actor but he just seems out of place here.

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