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A War of Nerves 

June 1941: A.C. Rose orders Foyle to delegate his investigation of black marketing ring and personally look into the possibly seditious acts of a Socialist activist.

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Oatley ... Jack Archer
David Alexander David Alexander ... Derek Woodgate
Eamon Geoghegan Eamon Geoghegan ... Publican
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Charles Pemberton Charles Pemberton ... Policeman
Corin Redgrave ... Asst. Commissioner Rose
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sergeant Eric Rivers
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Anthony Howell ... Sergeant Paul Milner
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Kimble / William Mason
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ... Captain Ralph Hammond
Fergus O'Donnell Fergus O'Donnell ... Ernest Jones
Tony Turner Tony Turner ... Warden
Peter Capaldi ... Raymond Carter
Valerie Edmond Valerie Edmond ... Lucinda Sheridan
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Storyline

DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate what they believe is a black market operation in the docks area. They set up a dummy company, with Milner at the head, to see what they might find and soon enough, they are approached by someone working at Talbot's shipyard. By chance, the station desk sergeant's daughter works at Talbot's and has important information for Foyle. When her boyfriend, a sapper with the Royal Engineers, is called out to Talbot's to disarm an unexploded bomb, he and his mates find something else that leads to one of them being murdered. Throughout all of this, Foyle is hounded by Assistant Commissioner Rose who insists that Foyle drop everything and investigate the activities of Raymond Carter a so-called communist agitator who is staying in Hastings. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Writer Anthony Horowitz based the story of embezzlement at a wartime shipyard on an actual case of a Liverpool Shipyard owner who shot himself in January 1942. The Leftist convention alluded to actually did take place on January 12, 1941. See more »

Goofs

At the start when Jack and Derek argue in the pub, Jack pulls a Luger pistol from his pocket with his right hand and points it at his friend. As he points the Luger you clearly hear the sound of hammer being cocked, yet the Luger uses an internal striker and has no hammer. The Luger also has a toggle action which would have required Jack to use his other hand to cock the pistol and chamber the round. However Jack draws the pistol and points it in one fluid motion so that cannot be the sound. Lastly taking off the safety would have been probably inaudible and at most would have not been more that a single simple click, not the hard to mistake sound of a hammer being cocked. See more »

Quotes

Samantha Stewart: [to Gwen] You don't need a cake. You don't need anything as long as you have each other.
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Foyle's nervous war
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.

All the previous episodes ranged between great to brilliant. Like "They Fought in the Fields", "A War of Nerves" is very good and at its best marvellous but also slight notch down, being a very good high in quality episode but, slightly disappointingly, not quite up to the consistent greatness shown previously. As clichéd as this sounds, even when 'Foyle's War' was not at its best it was much better than a lot of shows at their weakest with none of the episodes being what one would deem "bad". 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 and things that didn't quite connect entirely at first made more sense on re-watches.

Even for a deliberately paced series, there are occasions where the pace is a little too drawn out particularly in scenes consisting of the shipyard mystery. Peter Capaldi's un-40s look takes one out of the otherwise evocatively rendered period somewhat too.

With that being said, "A War of Nerves" is an excellently executed episode otherwise. 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 has its issues, but is still compelling and never dull. It does require full attention as ever, and is mostly very clever and intriguing, pacing itself deliberately but as ever with a lot happening things don't feel dull. Some nice twists and turns and the ending is unexpected. All the conflicts, social/ethical themes and how the period is portrayed are handled beautifully and tastefully and there is a real sense that war itself is a central character and its dark nature is explored very well here.

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, such as Foyle's one with his boss.

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 character has always been developed very well and Howell continues to come into his own with each episode.

The supporting acting is all very solid, with the most colourful being Peter Capaldi, though no real "among the best supporting performances of the series" standouts.

All in all, very good but there are other episodes that are a better representation of how wonderful the series is. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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