Foyle has his hands full dealing with illegal gambling, sabotage, and his needy goddaughter who shows up on his doorstep with her traumatized son.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Morgan
Terry Morgan
Jose De Perez
Lydia Nicholson
Joshua Lewis ...
James Nicholson
Richard Clothier ...
Captain Boothroyd
Henry Townsend
Søren Byder ...
Hans Lindemann (as Soren Byder)
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Evelyn Richards
Michael Richards
Jay Simpson ...


March 1943: Foyle receives a visit from his goddaughter, whom he has not seen for 10 years, and her young son who is shell shocked from when his school was bombed. When she runs off leaving her son, Foyle must locate her. A new Assistant Commissioner is after Foyle to crack down on illegal gambling. Sgt. Milner is assigned to the case and goes undercover with mixed results. Milner sees two young lads gambling lots of cash and decides to find out where they're getting their money. Foyle is also investigating a group of saboteurs. When a murder occurs near a military research facility, Foyle believes he has solved the crime but the new AC insists he release the subject in question. Foyle in turn feels he has only one option open to him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War





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The Sandhurst Road School bombing mentioned in this episode was a real event that took place on the 20th of January in 1943, just after noon. It is considered the worst of the school bombings during World War II. Thirty-two children died during the raid and six more children died while in hospital. Six staff members died as well which includes Mary Frances Jukes, the teacher also mentioned in this episode. A total of sixty others were injured. See more »


The Royal Navy officer is wearing a moustache. In the Royal Navy, then as now, they either wore a "full set" (ie beard and moustache) of were clean shaven. A beard or moustache on its own are against Naval regulations for both officers and ratings. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [Sam has just survived a timebomb explosion while on a walk in the woods] I have to say it was the last thing I was expecting. Would you realise it was the third time I've been blown up?
Christopher Foyle: Can't say I was counting.
Samantha Stewart: First of all there was the pub and then Jerry dropped a bomb on my house, and now this! I was only going for a walk in the woods. Seems nowhere's safe these days.
Christopher Foyle: And you saw what?
Samantha Stewart: Two youths. They were both about 18, I'd say. One was tall and had dark hair and *his* name was Terry. I ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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An illogical plot
7 February 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Of all the Foyle's War episodes, I felt that this was one of the weakest and, as usual, was heavily dependent on Michael Kitchen's flawless performance as Foyle. I think the writer Anthony Horowitz should never have misappropriated the story of Barnes Wallis and the "Bouncing Bomb" for this episode. The Wallis/Bouncing Bomb/Dambusters story is too real and too famous to be used in such a way and surely Horowitz could have invented any kind of fictional secret weapon project to tell the story. Having done this, he added insult by portraying his version of Barnes Wallis as a moral coward taking the credit for someone else's work. There were other glaring flaws in the plot: If the weapon was being developed for a Royal Air Force raid, why was the project under the control of the Royal Navy? How could a supposedly top-secret weapon project be left with absolutely no security, to the point that two teenage criminals could simply walk into the building in broad daylight, see everything and threaten the scientists with blackmail? The ending, too, actually counted against Foyle's character. In wartime, many people were forced into making difficult choices and uncomfortable compromises for the sake of winning the war, and they had to live with those choices whether they liked it or not. Foyle, on the other hand, seemed to feel that his perfect principles outweighed the national interest. He was determined to pursue his case even if it threatened the war effort and, when he found that he couldn't, he resigned and walked away, condemning those who were left to bear the responsibility for what happened. Not everyone in wartime could enjoy such luxury of choice. For me, this undermined Foyle's character.

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