Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The German Woman 

The German wife of a rich and influential aristocrat exempted from wartime internment is found decapitated in the midst of anti-German feeling.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Horovitch ... Thomas Kramer
Elizabeth Bell Elizabeth Bell ... Elsie Kramer
Robert Pickavance Robert Pickavance ... Eric Stephens
Neil Conrich Neil Conrich ... Policeman 1
Andrew Powell Andrew Powell ... Official 1
Paul Putner ... Official 2
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Edward Fox ... Asst. Commissioner Summers
Benedict Sandiford Benedict Sandiford ... Mark Andrews
Robert Hardy ... Henry Beaumont
Joanna Kanska Joanna Kanska ... Greta Beaumont
Rosamund Pike ... Sarah Beaumont
Dominic Mafham ... Michael Turner
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Robert Goodale ... Bob Keegan


Series premiere. England, May 1940: Set against the backdrop of Hastings, East Sussex, during World War II, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle is thwarted in his attempts to serve his country in the war effort. Instead, his duty is to serve his local community, effectively sitting out the war, by investigating petty crimes and an occasional murder or two. Written by a fan

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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Release Date:

27 October 2002 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The German bomber that appears in this episode resembles a twin engine Dornier Do-17, which would be correct in 1940. See more »


At 39:30, DCS Foyle is reading the newspaper about Paul Milner. The caption of the photograph in the paper says Sergeant Paul Milner. Later, at the hospital, the doctor refers to Milner by saying he was a corporal in Trondheim. Foyle replies that he knew him as a Detective Sergeant. The photograph in the paper shows Milner in military uniform so he should have been captioned as Corporal Paul Milner not Sergeant. See more »


DCS Christopher Foyle: The German woman was protected by influential friends, and it's still possible that it was those friends that wanted her dead. She was as fit as you or me, and yet the family doctor lied about an angina condition on her medical report to prevent her from being interned.
Assistant Commissioner Summers: So you've arrested him, this doctor?
DCS Christopher Foyle: No, because he was only a part of it.
Assistant Commissioner Summers: Are you suggesting there was a conspiracy?
DCS Christopher Foyle: I'm suggesting that Henry Beaumont, her husband, is rich and influential, and would find it very easy to ...
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Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Michael Kitchen has reached his goal in life
31 October 2002 | by frankiehudsonSee all my reviews

I've only seen one edition of this series but instantly I could see what a classic series it must become (and I normally don't like detective series of any description - saw this one by chance). This is excellent.

The period production is brilliant with lots of old cars, houses, and a brilliant recreation of the 1940s; add to this the War in the background and the programme gives a magnificent depiction of the domestic front during the War, what with all of the profiteering, the pressure on police, etc. How do you deal with mundane murder at home when it's magnified a thousand fold in the battlefield?

That is the main theme of the series.

Michael Kitchen is a revelation and will surely go down with the greatest of all television detectives - along with Poirot (Suchet), Maigret and all the others. It's as if his whole career has been waiting for this role.

Fantastic series.

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