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

"A War of Nerves" is an episode of Foyle's War starring Samuel Oatley, David Alexander, and Eamon Geoghegan. 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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Archer
David Alexander ... Derek Woodgate
Eamon Geoghegan ... Publican
... Samantha Stewart
Charles Pemberton ... Policeman
... Asst. Commissioner Rose
... Sergeant Eric Rivers
... Christopher Foyle
... Sergeant Paul Milner
Peter-Hugo Daly ... Kimble / William Mason
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ... Captain Ralph Hammond
Fergus O'Donnell ... Ernest Jones
Tony Turner ... Warden
... Raymond Carter
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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14 November 2004 (UK)  »

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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 »


When the police ask Captain Hammond about the missing soldier, the Captain says that he's probably walking on the beach. Most unlikely. All the beaches on the south coast of England were heavily mined and fenced off with barbed wire, and a military officer would know this. Indeed, the barbed wire and warning signs appear several times during the series. See more »


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 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.

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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