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 character Eric Stafford (Paul Brennen), a Special Operations Executive (SOE) combat instructor, has much in common with real life SOE combat instructor William Ewart Fairbairn. Stafford is said to have served with the Shanghai Municipal Police as did Fairbairn from 1907 until 1940. See more »


At the conclusion, we discover that the young man supposedly killed in the explosion had in fact died in a work accident. His funeral had in due course taken place, and his body had later been stolen from the grave and taken away by the secret agents to be used in this way to fake the suicide of someone else who had actually been killed on a spy mission. The whole plot hinges on this. Yes, his head was blown off, but forensics in the 1940s was sufficiently advanced that they would have known they were not dealing with a body that had been dead for several days, and had not been killed in the explosion. One obvious clue would be the total lack of blood at the scene. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [Sam has come to pick up her boss from the SOE HQ] Good afternoon sir!
DCS Christopher Foyle: Glad to see you!
Samantha Stewart: I was rather worried they weren't going to let you out.
DCS Christopher Foyle: So was I.
Samantha Stewart: So what do they actually do here?
DCS Christopher Foyle: You wouldn't believe me, if I told you.
Samantha Stewart: Are you going to?
DCS Christopher Foyle: No.
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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Threepenny pieces
14 June 2012 | by annb-4See all my reviews

With regard to the usage "threepenny piece" as discussed in another review, now that Google Ngram Viewer exists, it is possible to to search for the frequency of phrases in printed material from an era. In this case, I searched "threepenny piece" and "threepenny bit". The first comes up as the older usage, the latter more recent, with the popularity of each phrase crossing about 1910: I am afraid readers will have to submit the search again themselves, as it appears IMDb is not allowing me to include the search results link.

It seems to me "threepenny piece" is the more formal term, supplanted over time by a more slangy usage, though my instinct could be wrong. Still, "threepenny piece" was certainly in use at the time of the war.

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