Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The French Drop 

February 1941: A local murder investigation sidetracks Foyle's endeavor to pursue a position that would contribute more to the war effort as he finds himself caught between rival spy organizations.


Gavin Millar


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Harders ... French Agent
Mark Berry Mark Berry ... William Messinger / Facteur
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Amanda Pointer Amanda Pointer ... Admiralty Receptionist
Samuel West ... Lt. Col. James Wintringham
Timothy Carlton ... Admiral James Francis
Ronald Pickup ... Sir Giles Messinger
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Commander Charles Howard
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Brian Poyser Brian Poyser ... Rev. Aubrey Stewart
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Hilda Pierce
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Jack Fenner
Anthony Howell ... Sergeant Paul Milner
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sergeant Eric Rivers
John Grillo ... Watchmaker


Detective Chief Inspector Foyle is still itching to make a greater contribution to the war effort and there is the possibility of an appointment to Naval Intelligence in Liverpool. Sgt. Milner's wife has left him and returned to Wales and he too is considering leaving Hastings and to start afresh. They first have to investigate the death of a young man who died in an explosion. The body was badly disfigured and the only thing they have to go on is the man's gold pocket watch but they believe him to be William Messinger, the son of Sir Giles Messinger. Foyle traces the younger Messinger to a secret training school, Hill House, and determines that they're dealing with a clever deception and competition between military intelligence and the newly formed Special Operations Executive. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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24 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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The Naval Intelligence unit in Derby House, Liverpool that Foyle has applied to join has been recreated as the Western Approaches Museum. See more »


This is 1941. In the background the radio plays Le Mer, sung by Charles Trenet (at the training camp. Trenet only composed this song in 1943 and the first recording of any kind was in 1946. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [to Milner] You know what you need? Something to take your mind off things. A jolly good murder - that'd do it.
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References The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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Threepence each way?
11 January 2008 | by brendaandwilliamSee all my reviews

In this episode (and also in The White Feather) reference is made to the polygonal brass threepenny coin as "a threepenny piece." But I believe this coin was invariably referred to as "a threepenny bit." (Threepenny, however, is pronounced correctly in both episodes.} In The French Drop we actually see the coin and indeed it is an authentic threepenny bit (piece?) The Oxford English Dictionary is ambiguous - suggesting that "bit" was a colloquialism, just as "quid" was a colloquialism for "pound". But I never heard the "thruppence" referred to as a "piece". What an absorbing series this has been - wondrous acting, costuming, set dressing, filming. And embedded in each episode is an authentic and interesting social/ethical issue.

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