Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Bleak Midwinter 

The death of a woman in a munitions factory becomes linked with the murder of Milner's estranged wife as he falls under suspicion and Foyle strives to clear his name.


Gavin Millar


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ambler Kate Ambler ... Grace Phillips
Gavin Brocker ... Harry Osborne
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Hilda Greenwood
Sian Brooke ... Phyllis Law
Ron Cook ... Eddie Baker
Caroline Martin Caroline Martin ... Edith Ashford
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Michael Parkhouse Michael Parkhouse ... Brian Tremayne
Alexander Perkins ... PC Peters
Jay Simpson ... Sgt Brooke
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Will Beer ... Eric Clayton
John Kane ... Neville Johnson
Mali Harries Mali Harries ... Jane Milner


December 1942: DCS Foyle investigates the death of Grace Phillips who died in what appears to be an accident in a munitions factory. Grace, who had been living with her boyfriend Harry Osborne, had become very sad of late and had mysteriously mentioned something about thievery to a fellow worker just a week before her death. Sgt. Milner's estranged wife Jane, whom he's not seen for over two years, visits him unexpectedly. Jane knew the dead girl and had important information for her husband, but she is killed while on her way to tell him. When evidence points to Sgt. Milner as the perpetrator, Foyle is forced to suspend him. Meanwhile the staff at the police station are overly preoccupied with the evidence gathered in a racketeering case - especially a plump turkey. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War







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11 February 2007 (UK) See more »

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The title of the episode is derived from the Episcopal (Anglican) Advent hymn: "In the Bleak Mid-Winter". Very appropriate choice for the time line. (Advent is the four weeks in Late November and on into December that leads up to Christmas.) See more »


Sgt Brooke: Mr. Foyle?
Christopher Foyle: Yep?
Sgt Brooke: Well, pardon my saying so sir, but you must have it wrong.
Christopher Foyle: Oh, yeah?
Sgt Brooke: Well, I haven't known Sgt Milner all that long, but uh, a man less likely to murder his wife is hard to imagine.
Christopher Foyle: Well, that's very helpful - anything else you want to say before I get you transferred?
Sgt Brooke: No, sir.
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Milner Put to the Test
19 September 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There are actually three plots at work here, all of which are interesting. First of all, Milner's conniving wife shows up after two years and demands that he take her back. Remember, she rejected him because of his war injuries. Soon after a row with him, she is murdered on the street. Of course, he is suspected. Secondly, there are bad things going on at a munitions plant that is mostly populated by women. A young lady who has been shacking up with a questionable character, falls asleep on the job and blows herself up. The next issue involves that very young man who has an agenda of his own. He is incredibly evil and reckless. There are factors that make this less than suspenseful, but, of course, we want to see justice done.

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