Foyle's War: Season 6, Episode 1

The Russian House (2 May 2010)

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A Russian POW who fought for the Axis panicked that he may be repatriated back to Stalinist Russia and escapes in Brighton only to become a suspect in a local murder.

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Sam Marks ...
Anton Valyshkin
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Ivan Spiakov
Rob Heanley ...
Army Sergeant
Giles Taylor ...
Andrew Bennet
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Brigadier Timothy Wilson
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Maurice Jones
Valerie Minifie ...
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Dimitry Drannikov ...
Nikolai Vladchenko
Christopher Good ...
Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones
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It's June 1945 and Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle is still on duty as they are unable to find a replacement for him. He's approached by Brigadier Timothy Wilson, his former commanding officer from his own military service in World War I, who is looking for a Russian POW, Ivan Spiakov, who has escaped and is believed to have been seen in the Hastings area. He's described as a troublemaker who fought for the Germans during the war and was due to be deported back to Russia. Foyle's initial inquiries reveals gossip about Russia not being very welcoming to returning POWs. Sam Stewart meanwhile works in nearby Brighton for Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones who has a Russian POW, Nikolai Valyshkin, working for him a gardener. When Nikolai expresses a deathly fear of having to return to Russia, Sir Leonard tries to arrange for him to stay in the UK. When Sir Leonard is shot and Nikolai disappears, DI Milner turns out to be the officer in charge of the case. With Nikolai missing, Foyle and Sam ... Written by garykmcd

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The killing of over 2000 repatriated Russians in Odessa really occurred in 1945. Caucasians and Ukrainians were sent back to Russia, but the majority of those deported at Stalin's request were Cossacks. Estimates vary, but minimally tens of thousands were deported; some were civilians. Many ended up dying in frozen Siberia gulags. As in the story, many committed suicide rather than return. Three out of the 154 repatriated from Fort Dix, New Jersey killed themselves rather than go back. After Stalin's death in 1953 Khrushev pardoned the survivors. See more »

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In the chase at the beginning of the episode, the escaped prisoner is cornered on a disused railway viaduct. These would have been pretty much unknown at the time - before the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. See more »

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Police Sergeant: [tO fOYLE] You can't have a shoot-out in a civilian population. It's like the Wild West!
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Anachronisms spoil the peace
13 May 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Mr. Foyle has returned in Series 7, now able to drive. How lucky he is to have a shiny new Rover to drive! Even luckier as it is a 1948 or '49 Rover P3 75 Sports Saloon and the episode is set in 1945! Maybe police in 1945 were entitled to pre-production prototypes. I enjoyed the scenes of bomb sites in London and look forward to the rest of the series, hoping that the historians who vet the scripts might cast their eye over the props department. I also wonder how the "old gang" of Foyle, Sam and Milner can be worked into later episodes. Will Foyle get some new staff? As he has given his boss just 4 weeks before he intends to retire, Foyle is not counting on a long series.


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