Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The Funk Hole 

Foyle's investigation of the death of a young black marketeer and stolen food is interrupted by his suspension on charges of sedition.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dan Parker
Jonathan Moore ... Leonard Holmes
... Matthew Farley
Bill Moody ... Home Guard
... Colin Fowler
Susan Porrett ... Deidre Simms
... Samantha Stewart
... Paul Milner
... Christopher Foyle
... Kate Farley
Adrian Lukis ... Blake Hardiman
... Max Joseph
... Amanda Reece
... Jane Hardiman
... Mark Wilson


October 1940: Someone's stealing supplies to sell on the black market. Foyle is accused of spreading alarm in a London bomb shelter and so he ends up at home with his despondent injured son. The 'funk hole' houses elites willing to pay to live in a safe place in the country. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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7 December 2003 (UK)  »

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Adrian Lukis (Mr. Hardiman) and Joanna David (Mrs. Powell) at the "funk hole" in Ep. 2.4 appeared together in 1995's Pride and Prejudice as George Wickham and Elizabeth Bennett's Aunt Gardiner, respectively. See more »


When Mrs Powell answers the phone as is asked who is calling she says, "They didn't say". The use of "they" as a gender-vague singular pronoun is a very recent change to the language. Back then she would have said "He didn't say" or "She didn't say" as appropriate. See more »


[now that Sam and Andrew are seeing each other]
Samantha Stewart: Do you really have to go back?
Andrew Foyle: Yeah, soon. Arm's almost healed.
Samantha Stewart: Maybe I should break the other one?
Andrew Foyle: You keep your spanner away from me.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Foyle and the funk hole
1 November 2017 | by See 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.

Previous to this episode, none of the 'Foyle's War' episodes were bad, all of them actually being great or more. The same applies with "The Funk Hole", the second best to me of the Season 2 episodes after "Fifty Ships". 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. 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 (a real strength of 'Foyle's War' in general with "The Funk Hole" being one of the stronger examples).

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. Andrew is becoming more interesting with every episode.

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. Julian Ovendon and his chemistry with Weeks gives the episode a lot of heart.

All the supporting cast, with the likes of Richard McCabe, Joanna David and Adrian Lukis, are hard to fault.

In conclusion, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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