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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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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 »


Milner is shot in the left arm by a suspect resisting arrest. When Milner next appears, his arm is in a sling. After that scene and for the rest of the episode, he appears without the sling and with his arm working perfectly. Since the events of the episode are identified as taking place all within the first 22 days of June, leading up to the German invasion of the Soviet Union, which is announced at the episode's end, there would not have been enough time for him to make such a complete recovery. See more »


Jack Archer: Bloody jerries, they call them selves the master race and can't even make a decent bomb.
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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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14 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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