Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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High Castle 

Foyle is drawn into the world of corrupt Nazi businessmen when a University Professor is found brutally murdered in a London park.

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Stuart Orme

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Charlie Archer Charlie Archer ... John Morton
Rupert Simonian ... Albert Morton
Nick Cornwall ... Harbour Master
Will Wood Will Wood ... Captain
John Waterhouse John Waterhouse ... William Knowles
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Alec Myerson
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Hilda Pierce
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Arthur Valentine
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Wainwright
Daniel Weyman ... Adam Wainwright
Paul Barnhill Paul Barnhill ... Pathologist
Jeremy Swift ... Glenvil Harris
Jaime Winstone ... Vera Stephens
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Grant
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1946- Whilst working for MI5 Foyle investigates the murder of a professor, William Knowles, who had been a translator at the Nuremberg war trials. In his pocket is the address of American oil tycoon Clayton Del Mar but Del Mar denies knowing the dead man. Foyle learns not only that Del Mar was recently visited by a high ranking Russian but that Knowles had photographs of German businessmen anxious to trade with Russia for its oil. He travels to Nuremberg but finds another corpse, a former Nazi factory owner who had dealings with Knowles. Meanwhile Sam goes undercover as companion to Del Mar's dying father, a Nazi sympathizer, but puts herself in danger as Foyle discovers evidence of shady dealings by Del Mar dating from the middle of the war. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

UK

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English | German | Russian

Release Date:

2 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Liverpool, England, UK See more »

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16 : 9
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Trivia

One of the characters says a line to the melody of the children's song. "The Hokey Pokey." The song was written in Britain in 1942 as "The Hokey Cokey" or "The Hokey Pokey" and emerged in the United States in 1946. See more »

Goofs

Clayton Del Mar refers to the Iranians as Arabs although ethnically they are Indo-Europeans. See more »

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Arthur Valentine: [to Foyle after seeing a dead body in the driveway as they pull in, obviously too late] Looks like we're just a little bit too late.
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The not quite so high castle
9 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.

"High Castle" is the first episode of the sadly last season of this wonderful series and while it is a decent episode it's a long way from being one of the best 'Foyle's War' episodes. To me it's a lesser episode, that it's far from bad is a strong indication of how good 'Foyle's War' is and how fantastic the best episodes are in the series' prime. "High Castle" could have been better. Two of its biggest problems is the over-obviousness too early of the killer, written in such an over-the-top way that one knows that they're involved in some way from the start (the only other 'Foyle's War' episode to have a too obvious denouement is "Bleak Midwinter"), and Nigel Lindsay's hammy and one-dimensional performance (also sporting the single worst accent of the series).

Could care less for the flat underdeveloped character of Adam and there are parts of the story, like agreed the Vera subplot, that feel incomplete.

Still, there is a lot to like about "High Castle". Just had to get that mad clear before one got the impression of me disliking the episode. Which is further from the truth. The quality of the production values are high. 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 while the story is suitably complicated (apart from the denouement, which is disappointing because most endings of 'Foyle's War' are very surprising) and intrigues.

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 and after the war in a new light. This was a bold move and dealt with a lot of honesty and tact. 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, am really liking that she is becoming more developed and coming into her own even more, and Hilda and Arthur are worthy regular characters, if not yet as interesting as Milner (missed but not enough to wish for his return).

It is a pity that Lindsay is not up to snuff, because the rest of the supporting cast do solidly. In particular John Mahoney who plays his father, he is excellent and like in 'Frasier' one can easily mistake him for an American (he may live in America, but he was actually born in England, that shocked me when first finding out).

To conclude, a decent episode with a lot of good things but considering the high calibre of 'Foyle's War' in general "High Castle" could have been much better. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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