"Foyle's War" The Russian House (TV Episode 2010) - Plot Summary Poster

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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 travel to London to check out the Russian House, where most of the escaping POWs seem to be headed, to find out why everyone is so interested in a few POWs.

  • SPOILER! SOME KEY FACTS REVEALED BUT NOT THE MURDERER. With the war in Europe ended Foyle is keen to resign but, in the face of staff shortages, agrees to stay another month, whilst Milner is now an inspector in Brighton and Sam the housekeeper for painter Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones. Brigadier Wilson, Foyle's commander in World War One and now military top brass, arrives in Hastings, looking for Ivan Spiakov, an escaped Russian ex-P.O.W. who fought with the Germans, and is heading for the 'Russian House' in London. Ivan asks Nikolai, another ex-P.O.W. and Sir Leonard's gardener, to go with him but the teenager is scared to go to the house and, reasonably so, as Duveen, who runs it, hands Ivan over to Wilson for extradition to Russia. Sir Leonard is murdered and the prime suspects are his estranged son Maurice, cut out of his will in favour of Nikolai, and Tom, his ex-gardener, whose job went to the boy, who is now missing. Foyle and Milner now have a common case to work on though Foyle and Sam feel that Milner has become more brusque than he ever was before. Russian café owner Elsa tells Foyle the 'House' is a haven for anti-Stalinists who were pro-German and Foyle takes Sam to London, where Duveen lies about seeing Ivan and they are chased by a gun-man. In fact the house is far from Elsa's definition of it and Foyle realises that Wilson and the British War Office are working with the paranoid Stalin to return all pro-German Russians to him for execution. A whole boatload were murdered, a fact that Ivan found out, but Foyle must remain silent. Nikolai returns to work for Elsa, Sam meets a nice young man, Adam, and Sir Leonard's killer is revealed.

  • 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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