As World War Two rages over Europe, one man fights his own battle against murder, mystery and betrayal on the south coast of England - in "Foyle's War".
Michael Kitchen stars as Christopher Foyle, a quietly enigmatic detective, in a groundbreaking new series of two-hour films for ITV1 from Greenlit Productions from the pen of acclaimed scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz.
Edward Fox, Robert Hardy, David Horovitch, Rosamund Pike, Charles Dance, Maggie Steed, Oliver Ford Davies, Cheryl Campbell, Corin Redgrave, Bill Patterson, Emily Blunt, Laurence Fox, Zoe Tapper, Philip Jackson, Anthony Howell, Honeysuckle Weeks and Julian Ovenden are among the crème of British talent who co-star.
"Foyle's War" was first transmitted in the UK during October and November 2002 and on PBS in the USA in February 2003. There are now a total of twenty-two feature length episodes.
Uncertainty, espionage, bombs and internment are the new facts of life for Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle and those around him. Yet sometimes they merge with the old ones of affluent England - like unexplained death.
Although Foyle longs to join the war effort, his application is turned down. Feeling frustrated and guilty, he returns to the South Coast, but finds to his surprise that the turmoil of the conflict means his skills are vitally needed on the home front, in a series of intriguing murder investigations.
Anthony Howell plays invalid soldier Paul Milner, chosen by Foyle as his reluctant assistant, with Honeysuckle Weeks as Foyle's driver Sam Stewart, whose enthusiasm for being a working girl in the war and her own attempts at detection work don't always go down well with her boss. Julian Ovenden plays Foyle's son Andrew, who leaves his studies at Oxford to enlist with the RAF.
What The Papers Said
"…genuinely unexpected revelations and some thought-provoking dilemmas around the nature and practice of war, resulting in an intelligent, engaging and entertaining drama."
Time Out, 23-30 October 2002
'A characteristically understated performance from the fabulous Michael Kitchen turns this new wartime-set series from above average to excellent.'
Daily Mail, 26 October 2002
'Don't miss ITV 1's gripping new wartime drama series starring Michael Kitchen. The four two-hour murder mysteries make for perfect Sunday evening viewing. A treat.'
Observer, 27 October 2002
'…sumptuous big budget drama with Michael Kitchen as disgruntled south coast copper, Christopher Foyle.' Choice
Sunday Express, 27 October 2002
'The big guns come straight out in this impressive new wartime drama series.' Switch On
Mail on Sunday 27 October 2002
'…more profound and thought provoking than you would find in your average detective drama…. The eminently watchable Michael Kitchen plays DCS Foyle.'
TV Times 26-1 October 2002
'….. Michael Kitchen smacks of class, and this four part detective series set during WW2 is no exception…You can tell it's been written and created by Anthony Horowitz because beneath its fail-safe prime-time façade lurks a naughty streak…'
"Foyle's War" is being sold throughout the world by Icon Entertainment International.