Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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A War of Nerves 

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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.


Gavin Millar


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)



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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


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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14 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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The job of disabling unexploded bombs as seen in this episode is explored in greater detail in the BBC series Danger UXB (1979). See more »


When Captain Hammond is calling his soldiers to deal with the bomb that has dropped at the shipyard, he calls out "Ernie, can you get the lads?" However, it has already been established that Ernie is completely deaf, and since Hammond was facing away from him and at some distance, Ernie could not have lip-read him. So why does Ernie react and obey the order? Ernie was never shown to be completely deaf and such a statement is incorrect. Consider Sgt. Milner was invalided out of the military after losing his leg at Trondheim. If Ernie was deaf from the bomb blast incident he was involved with he too would have been invalided out of the army. Even if he was awaiting a medical discharge he would never have been kept on bomb disposal duties, where hearing is so important for listening for ticking fuses and hearing instructions from co-workers who are not visible to them for safety reasons, i.e. staying a safe distance away from UXBs while other team members work on them. Apart from the fact that he probably would not have had time to learn to lip read since his accident, even if he were an expert lip reader that would not have kept him in the army, especially in bomb disposal: and lastly when Captain Hammond is telling Foyle about Ernie's injury, he says that Ernie suffered damage to his ear drums not that Ernie is deaf. Thus such an assumption, that Ernie is completely deaf and unable to hear the Captains command, is erroneous. See more »


[last lines]
Samantha Stewart: [Germany has just launched Operation Barbarossa, invasion of the Soviet Union] Can it be possible? The end of the war?
DCS Christopher Foyle: Be nice to think so.
Samantha Stewart: Well I'm going to drink to it anyway. Over by Christmas?
Sgt. Paul Milner: You said that last Christmas.
Samantha Stewart: All right then. New year.
DCS Christopher Foyle: New year.
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How aptly named.
5 April 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Foyle's War managed to tell many different stories, exploring avenues and concepts many of us wouldn't contemplate, A War of Nerves is no exception, this episode deals with some of the real heroes, those that dealt with unexploded devices, the most dangerous job on the home front? It also looks into some of the unscrupulous profiteers.

There was some real tension in scenes where the bomb disposal team were doing their job, that first scene in particular was terrific. I also loved the explosive ending.

Wonderful acting as always, Kitchen at his best, credit also to Samuel Oatley who played Jack Archer, he was excellent.

It's hard to find any fault here, 9/10.

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