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British ITV drama Foyle's War was created by author Anthony Horowitz is a detective mystery series set during World War II. Although cancelled once, public complaint about its demise brought the show back into syndication and it has since garnered positive ratings and award nominations. Foyle's War is known for its claims of historical accuracy though there are some anachronisms in the drama its attempts at authenticity are obvious in its visual design. The title character, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle is played by Michael Kitchen and his assistants police driver Samantha Stewart and Detective Sergeant Paul Milner are played by Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell respectively.

The honest and fastidious Foyle catches criminals who are using the chaos of the war to their villainous advantage. Often these criminals underestimate Foyle to their own detriment. Generally his cases involve solving murders and catching crooks involved in profiteering and the black market. Foyle is a widower, veteran of the first World War and the son of a police officer. His morals are outstanding and he tirelessly seeks justice, even when he's coming up against members of the British intelligence services or higher ups in the British military. Although he wanted in early seasons to help with the war effort he has accepted that his detective work was important to give justice to victims of crimes that might be forgotten at home in the face of the war.

There have been seven seasons of the show, each containing between two and four episodes that run about one hundred minutes per episode. The series has few long standing story arcs within it, most of its plots are contained to a single episode. Continuity is provided by the war as a backdrop and Foyle's relationships with minor characters and with his fighter pilot son Andrew who is portrayed by Julian Ovendon. The stories span over the entirety of the war past VE day in Hastings, England and in recent seasons into post war London.

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Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on ITV
8 Seasons, 25 Episodes - Returning Series
Drama, Crime
8.7/10
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Foyle's War Full Episode Guide

  • In this final episode, Foyle is drawn into the bizarre murder of an ex-Nazi defector and leading expert on Soviet intelligence who had been working for MI5. Meanwhile Sam's husband, Adam, is so pre-occupied with his new political job, she worries whether she'll be able to share some big news with him...

  • Foyle's investigation into the deaths of several high-ranking Russian defectors uncovers a suspicious government listening station.

  • Foyle probes the mysterious motives of James Devereaux, a former POW who refuses to defend himself against treason charges.

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