Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Plan of Attack 

Milner is unhappy with his new DCS and has asked for a transfer, but after the DCS is murdered, Foyle comes out of retirement to replace him.


Tristram Powell


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Hutson ... Henry Scott
Malcolm Sinclair ... Father Martin Keppler
Fiona Glascott ... Jane Hudson
Vince Leigh ... Adam Everitt
Julian Wadham ... W / Cmdr Stephen Foster
Sheila Ballantine Sheila Ballantine ... Victoria Hammond
Nicholas Day ... DCS John Meredith
Jay Simpson ... Sgt Brooke
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Philip Fox Philip Fox ... Bill Burton
Robert Whitelock ... Richard Waterlow
Elizabeth McKechnie ... Joyce Meredith
Brian Poyser Brian Poyser ... Rev Aubrey Stewart


April 1944: The Allies have stepped up their war effort, and it seems the end of the war is in sight. Foyle has resigned as Detective Chief Superintendent, Sam has found a new job, Milner is fed up with his new boss, DCS Meredith. And then there are murders to investigate. Written by Cal

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War







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13 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Julian Wadham and Clifford Rose both appeared in "The Iron Lady". See more »


The episode opens with an obviously Catholic confession (since only Catholics practice confession and the confessor is seen praying the rosary). The character confesses to "breaking the 6th Commandment," and the priest replies: "You've killed someone?" In the Catholic tradition "Thou shalt not kill" is the 5th Commandment; it is the 6th Commandment in the Protestant tradition. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Scott: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
Father Martin Keppler: How long since your last confession?
Henry Scott: Two weeks.
Father Martin Keppler: Tell me your sins.
Henry Scott: I... have broken the sixth commandment.
Father Martin Keppler: "Thou shalt not *kill*."
Henry Scott: I have killed. I have committed murder.
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Foyle returns
4 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.

"Plan of Attack" may not be one of the very finest 'Foyle's War' episodes, but it is a more than welcome return for the character with him coming back out of retirement and a return to form after a slight slump in quality in the second half of Season 4. The ending here is a bit cheesy and rushed, with the conclusion feeling like it was crammed in with little time to go, otherwise "Plan of Attack" is great. 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.

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 is complicated, with a lot of strands that requires full attention, but clever and from start to finish intriguing. It paces itself deliberately but with so much going on it's never once dull and the twists and turns that slowly unfold keep coming. 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 has terrible implications.

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.

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.

Nicholas Day, Julian Wadham and Malcolm Sinclair is especially good of a sterling supporting cast, helped by that they have the most interesting characters.

In summation, great return for Foyle and a great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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