Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Foyle investigates a mysterious disease affecting local farm animals and looks into the stabbing of a war hero.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sandys-Clarke ... Mark Wilcox
Ben Meyjes Ben Meyjes ... Simon Higgins
Philip Franks Philip Franks ... Captain George Halliday
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Jonah Lotan ... Joe Farnetti
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Jay Simpson Jay Simpson ... Sergeant Ian Brooke
Anthony Howell ... Sergeant Paul Milner
Caroline Martin Caroline Martin ... Edith Ashford
Tom Harper ... Leonard Cartwright
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ... Ted Cartwright
Kenneth Colley ... Brian Jones
Gawn Grainger Gawn Grainger ... DCS David Fielding
Tim Delap ... Martin Ashford
Anthony Flanagan ... Tom Jenkins


August 1942: A truck drops a sheep while driving through farmland. Nearby animals start dying, then a farmer's daughter, and Sam falls ill. Then cows fall sick and mysteriously disappear. Foyle's inquiries lead him to work on biological warfare and the search for a cure for Sam, as her illness looks terminal. Meanwhile, Sgt. Milner investigates the murder of a war hero by a conscientious objector, who happens to be the brother of a past love of his. Written by N. R. Badnell

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War







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22 January 2006 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The sinking of Convoy PQ17 in July 1942 was the inspiration for "Bad Blood." Of the 37 ships that began the journey from Iceland to Russia, only 11 got through. The rest were sunk by the German navy. 153 merchant marines were lost. See more »


The narrative refers to the historical sinking of the SS "Navarino", part of the ill-fated arctic convoy PQ17, on July 5th, 1942. In flashbacks, the (fictional) survivors Tom Jenkins and Leonard Cartwright are shown fighting for their lives clinging to wreckage in heavy seas, at night, with a thunderstorm in the background. In fact, July 5th is close to midsummer, so above the Arctic Circle, there would be light for twenty-four hours of the day; even at midnight, there would at least be a half light. Historical records show that the weather at the time was nearly calm, with occasional overcast. (There may even have been mirages caused by atmospheric inversion.) See more »


[first lines]
Mark Wilcox: Simon?
Simon Higgins: Good morning, Mark.
Mark Wilcox: How are you?
Simon Higgins: Just missed the quack. No change I'm afraid.
Mark Wilcox: But you are going to be all right?
Simon Higgins: Apart from being blind, you mean?
Mark Wilcox: You shouldn't have done it.
Simon Higgins: Oh, it's only temporary, Mark; I'll be fine. What about the new test?
Mark Wilcox: We're going ahead now.
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3 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Loved 'Foyle's War' and was immediately hooked when first getting into it. Love it even more now, on re-watches things that didn't quite make sense at first are clearer and things that were not noticed or appreciated before are and much admired. Everything that came over as brilliant on first viewings still are brilliant on re-watches.

"Bad Blood" is a perfect demonstration of what is so good about 'Foyle's War' and the best episode since "Enemy Fire", though all the episodes previous to "Bad Blood" have been very good and more. Like with many 'Foyle's War' episodes, on re-watch there was much more appreciation had for how well established the character development, tone and themes are for so early on and things that didn't quite connect entirely at first made more sense on re-watches.

Have always admired the visual detail that went into 'Foyle's War' and how high quality the production values are, with beautiful costumes, the evocative way the characters are made up, the look of the houses and cars, pretty locations and authentic-looking scenery. The music is in keeping with the mood and doesn't overpower the drama while still making an impact.

Writing is intelligent, sophisticated and thought-provoking, establishing Foyle's personality with so much depth already and providing some tense and heart-tugging moments. The story is complicated, with a lot of strands that requires full attention, but clever and from start to finish intriguing. It paces itself deliberately but with so much going on it's never once dull and the twists and turns that slowly unfold keep coming until an ending that one does not expect (which is most of the time with 'Foyle's War'). All the conflicts and how the period is portrayed are handled beautifully and tastefully and there is a real sense that war itself is a central character.

One thing that wasn't picked up by me but now is and admired hugely is the tackling of what was seen as truths but some really misconceptions and seeing British during the war in a new light. This was a bold move and dealt with a lot of honesty and tact. The background information is so well researched and is every bit as interesting as the mystery itself. The character tensions were also handled very well and added a lot of intrigue.

Michael Kitchen is truly superb as Foyle, subtle, intensely determined, commanding and above all human. One of the most interesting television detectives there's ever been and Kitchen has rarely been better. Honeysuckle Weeks is charming and loyal, with some nice touches of subtle humour as ever, and Anthony Howell is wonderful.

The supporting cast are strong across the board.

In summary, outstanding episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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