Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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All Clear 

Foyle joins a municipal committee preparing for the imminent V-E Day celebration but soon finds himself investigating the deaths of two of its members.

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Tristram Powell

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Benedict ... Major John Kiefer
Joe Montana ... Colonel Steve Lukacks
Caroline Lintott Caroline Lintott ... Receptionist
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Mark Hadfield ... Spiv
Ian Hughes Ian Hughes ... Ray Ingleton
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
John Ramm John Ramm ... Dr Henry Ziegler
Polly Maberly ... Edith Milner
Jay Simpson ... Sgt Brooke
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Mark Griffiths
Jamie de Courcey ... Pete Charman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Mark Bazeley ... Martin Longmate
Frances Grey ... Janice Hylton
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Storyline

It's early May 1945 and the formal announcement that the war is over is imminent. The station is being relocated and Foyle is definite that he is going to retire. DS Paul Milner anxiously awaits news of a possible promotion to Inspector. Sam is trying her best to find a job, but finds it a hard slog. Foyle's son Andrew also re-appears and wonders if Sam will have anything to do with him after the way he treated her. On the policing front, Foyle investigates the murder of Dr. Henry Ziegler, who was stabbed on the street. Ziegler was a transplanted Austrian but had recently faced the brunt of anti-German feeling in the community. When one of his patients soon after commits suicide, Foyle and Milner must determine what, if any, connection there might be between the two deaths. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Frances Gray and Mark Bazeley both starred in Home Fires. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series there are iron railing everywhere in Hastings, but most of them were collected for salvage. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colonel Steve Lukacks: What's your point, Major Kiefer?
Major John Kiefer: Sir...
Colonel Steve Lukacks: Just make sure we find the bodies. We need to make a count.
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Foyle and the VE Day celebration
5 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.

"All Clear" may not have the vast emotional impact of "Broken Souls" (not many 'Foyle's War' episodes do), but what it does have is a hugely absorbing and suitably complicated story in classic 'Foyle's War' tradition and everything done to an impeccably high standard. 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. Julian Ovendon's Andrew gets more and more interesting with every episode.

The supporting performances all round are of very high quality, with no weak links.

Altogether, another wonderful episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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