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The Russian House 

The escape of a Russian POW sets off a chain of events that leads to murder and rekindles a conflict between Foyle and his former subordinate.

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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 ...
Woman
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Police Officer
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Dimitry Drannikov ...
Nikolai Vladchenko
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Trivia

Adam Wainwright tells Sam that he spent the war at Bletchley Park doing something like intelligence work. Bletchley Park was the code breaker facility where they eventually cracked all the German codes, especially the Enigma code. The folks at Bletchley were the nerd heroes of the war. 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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Uniformed official: It was very good of you to return after your predecessor...
Christopher Foyle: Died!
Uniformed official: In very unfortunate circumstances.
Christopher Foyle: It's my experience that most death is unfortunate, but all that was some while ago.
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Roots of the Cold War
21 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We are now in the aftermath of the war. The U.S. Is still dealing with Japan, but they play no role in this series. Stalin is out there. He was part of the allies, though as dangerous as Hitler. Russian soldiers who fought for Germany are being rounded up to be sent back. The problem is they will be executed upon their return. A pair of them escape from a truck and that starts things rolling. For some reason, a couple of nobodies become the target of an intensive search. Why are they so important? Of course, as Foyle finds out, there are many layers to things going on. These young men are caught in the middle of a situation they can't control. An artist is murdered. He has sympathies for one of the young Russians. There is also an election where the Labor Party is trying to get a foothold on the country. Intriguing episode.


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