Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Trespass 

When the son of a high-profile Jewish businessman is attacked in the grounds of a university, Foyle wonders whether the attack was racially motivated.

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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
Amber Rose Revah ... Lea Fisher
Jim Cartwright Jim Cartwright ... Rabbi Fisher
Ben Barraclough Ben Barraclough ... British Soldier
Alexander Arnold ... Daniel Woolf
Sophie Skelton ... Student Jane
Hermione Gulliford ... Elizabeth Addis
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Ian Hughes
Pushpinder Chani ... Gerry Aziz (as Pushpinda Chani)
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Wainwright
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Alec Myerson
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Hilda Pierce
Alex Jennings ... Clive Ord-Smith
John Heffernan ... James Griffin
Nick Hendrix ... Robert Lucas
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An oily Foreign Office minister tasks Foyle's department with providing security at an upcoming conference on the future of Palestine but Foyle is more concerned with the murder of Sir David Woolf, a Jewish shipping tycoon who has been taking Jews to the new state and whose ships have been sabotaged. At the same time Adam attempts to prevent Charles Lucas, the anti-Semitic leader of the International Unity party, from holding a public meeting which, as Adam had feared, leads to a riot and two deaths. Meanwhile local rabbi Avraham Greenfeld welcomes Palestinian medical student Lea Fisher, whose father was killed by British soldiers following a bomb outrage in Jerusalem. The rabbi's son is supervising the sound at the conference - where an effort to sabotage it is averted, whilst Foyle unmasks those responsible for Sir David Woolf's death. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | Polish

Release Date:

9 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Liverpool, England, UK See more »

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16 : 9
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Trivia

The anti-Semitic graffiti left by the neo-Nazi mob are the letters " P J, " which stands for Perish Judah. See more »

Goofs

The watch used for the bomb was a cheap modern quartz. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Foyle: You better wait in the car.
Samantha Wainwright: Why?
Christopher Foyle: [dryly] Because whenever you get out of the car, you get into trouble.
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Post-war anti-Semitism
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.

Not everybody was enamoured with the change of pace 'Foyle's War' took when it was revived three years after its initial cancellation. Didn't mind it generally myself but execution was not perfect and few of the episodes from this two-season period were show high-point. "Trepass" however is the closest this period gets to prime 'Foyle's War' and to me it is the best episode since "The Hide". It's much better than the previous episode "High Castle", which was decent still. 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. The story is well-paced, suitably complicated without being convoluted and is nice and twisty. Much better storytelling and quality than "High Castle" in that the denouement is unexpected, the storytelling feels more complete, Adam is not so much of a problem here (still don't care for him though), there are no overtly evil characters and there are no terrible accents. The sick boy plot strand is quite heartfelt.

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 Britain after 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, while the difficult subject of ant-Semitism has none of the heavy-handedness it could have done, much better handled than the handling of racism in "Killing Time".

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 and have really appreciated her development, while Hilda and Arthur have proved to be worthy regular characters.

The supporting cast are strong all round.

All in all, a wonderful episode and one of the best of the episodes from the revival/post-war period. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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