Foyle's War: Season 7, Episode 3

Sunflower (29 Sep. 2013)

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Foyle is drawn into the bizarre murder of an ex-Nazi defector and leading expert on Soviet intelligence who had been working for MI5.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Strasser
Jodie Hay ...
Charles Aitken ...
Thomas Nelson
Mary Sheen ...
Mrs. Jones
Geoffrey Helliwell
Jimmy MacDermott ...
Dr. Phillips (as Jimmy Macdermott)
Brenda Stevens
Charles Roper
Tim McMullan ...


Foyle is asked to protect Karl Strasser, a former Nazi officer masquerading as a Dutch citizen and now working with MI5 to catch Russian spies. Strasser believes he is being followed and that he is in danger. American colonel Jackson wants Strasser in connection with a war-time atrocity known as Operation Sunflower in which the German's patrol shot unarmed allied servicemen. The sole survivor, Tommy Nelson, recognizes Strasser and follows him but when Strasser is killed by a car bomb Foyle finds no shortage of other suspects, including the landlady and fellow tenants at his lodgings, who knew who he was as well as Tommy and the Americans. Meanwhile Adam gets involved with a farmer battling the government to return his land and accusing a cabinet minister of conspiracy. His use of Sam to look into the matter leads him to learn a bitter political lesson but at least she has good news for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The character of Kurt Strasser is likely inspired by Kurt Meyer, the real commander of the 12th SS Panzergruppe Hitlerjungend. After the war he was found guilty of war crimes for the massacre of 20 Canadian soldiers in the garden of the Ardenne Abbey (near Caen) on June 7 and 8, 1944, during the Battle of Normandy. His sentence was commuted and he was released in 1954. See more »


The U.S. Flag flying outside the Embassy has the wrong configuration of stars. In 1946 the 48 stars were in a block formation (even rows) The flag shown had staggered rows. See more »


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Karl Strasser: Rembrandt died on the fourth of October 1669. And in his last self-portraits I think you see a sense of calm and of resignation. He had known so much turmoil and personal unhappiness that at the end he found an acceptance. It was perhaps a triumph of art over life. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We will be visiting Kenwood halls on Tuesday. There are still places left, so please, let me know if you wish to come.
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This ISN'T Foyle's War
23 January 2014 | by (Australia,Perth) – See all my reviews

I agree with so much of the above.

Foyle's War is off its game. There's a real sense to me of Michael Kitchen just going through the motions.

I had wanted to love this new series of the show and was willing to give it time to find its Cold War feet, but this ISN'T Foyle's War.

Even allowing for character development our beloved Honeysuckle now seems to be playing someone else completely - none of the jolly old Sam

  • just an austere sadness.

"Sunflower" was also practically incoherent and I just can't imagine the original Sam stooping so low as to produce the transcript of a tapped phone conversation for her Labor MP husband. Felt like his response "It's unthinkable" was more a commentary on today than the immediate post war period. If that's the case it's not very subtle Mr Horowitz.

And just to be really picky, but as a WW2 history buff - why not?. In the Normandy Nazi war crime scene, the American artillery officer is seen wearing his dress uniform - what he'd be wearing on leave in London - not in combat attire ala helmet etc with subtle reference to his rank. That seemed weird to me. A bit like the new Foyle's War in general.

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