Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Broken Souls 

Foyles hones in on two murders: an unpopular psychiatrist in a trauma facility and a low security German POW on work release to a local farm.


Simon Langton


Anthony Horowitz (created by), Michael Chaplin

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Mawle ... Fred Dawson
Jonathan Forbes ... Johann
Louis Nummy Louis Nummy ... Daniel Dawson
Natasha Little ... Rose Dawson
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Nicholas Woodeson ... Josef Novak
Danny Worters Danny Worters ... Tommy Crooks
Jay Simpson ... Sgt Brooke
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ... Iain Campbell
Alexander Gilmour Alexander Gilmour ... Peter Phelps
Sally Leonard Sally Leonard ... Joy Phelps
Phyllida Law ... Lady Muriel Sackville
Graham Crowden ... Sir John Sackville


Foyle has a number of apparently unrelated investigations under way. The most serious is the murder of Dr. Julian Worth who worked at a nearby hospital for mentally disturbed soldiers and airmen. He is found in his office stabbed in the chest with a letter opener. Worth was much disliked by his colleagues and was about to leave for a new job. The police also search for a 15-year old boy who has run away from his London home and may have returned to the area to where he was evacuated. Finally, they investigate the murder of a German POW who spent his days working on a local farm but who was no longer welcome when the owner returns after spending five years as a German prisoner of war. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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English | German

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20 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Generally, the British and American POW's were well fed, received proper medical attention, received Red Cross food & cigarette packages monthly and played some sort of sport be it fut-ball, baseball or boxing every day. The food deprivation did not start until 1945 when Germany could not feed it's own citizens, let alone the POW's. POW camps were NOT concentration camps. Germany had enough sense to know that if they mistreated the Allied prisoners, the same mistreatment would be applied to their captured personnel. Göring went to the effort to use "his" air force(Luftwaffe) personnel to run the POW camps for captured airmen. (That is why Colonel Klink was not dressed in a traditional Wehrmacht uniform, he was in the Luftwaffe). Göring was determined to keep "those lunatics" out of the POW camps to insure proper treatment would be given to his captured airmen. Göring even had a nephew who was a B-17 pilot who flew out of England (plane name: Fearless Fosdick) See more »


Foyle has been presented in this and earlier episodes as a chess lover. However he and Dr. Novak, whose uncle was "champion of Poland", play a bizarre opening (with a possible move sequence 1. e4 e5 2. b3 b5 3. Na3 Na6 4. Nxb5) that no-one familiar with basic principles of chess would play. See more »


Josef Novak: Violence never achieves anything.
Peter Phelps: [laughs] That's a good one, doctor. Where have you been these last five years? And how many people in the world have been killed while we've been sitting here having this cosy little chat?
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References Going My Way (1944) See more »


Horst Wessel Song
Lyrics Horst Wessel (1929)
Music Peter Cornelius (1865)
Sung by marching German POWs
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Compassion in the Face of So Much Pain
20 September 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This could well be the best episode of the series. The war is winding down and a man who has been in a German prisoner of war camp for five years, who has obviously been treated very badly, comes home to his wife and son. He is gaunt and damaged. Working on the farm is a man on loan from a camp holding German prisoners. You can imagine the tension. Meanwhile, there are goings on at an institution for soldiers who have had breakdowns. A man who rubbed everyone the wrong way is on his way to Oxford. He is found murdered shortly thereafter. A boy has disappeared from his family and is hiding out as his father searches for him. And, lastly, a Jewish doctor, who works at the aforementioned facility, tries to kill himself. Foyle is in the middle of this which becomes interconnected. There strength of this episode is incredible writing which makes the whole scenario much more complex than the simple us against them mentality.

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