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The fourth series of the applauded British ITV series, Foyle’s War, recently aired on PBS’ Mystery, now joins the first three series for sale on DVD. Set in a quiet coastal village in England during World War II, Foyle’s War follows police Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen), as he unperturbedly and expertly fights murder, sabotage, treason and other war related crimes on the British home front.

Anthony Horowitz, Foyle’s War’s writer, has created an engaging and admirable protagonist…Christopher Foyle is the quintessential British sleuth…fair-minded, courteous and articulate, yet steely and determined when pursuing traitors and criminals who obstruct the war effort.

Michael Kitchen (Reckless, Oliver Twist) is exceptional in the role. He portrays Foyle with a world-weary and restrained heart, a small persevering grin, and, when confronted by obstreperous and bureaucratic military officials, a slight insouciance. Foyle’s spunky and adorable young driver, Samantha Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) is a terrific addition to the cast and makes up for Foyle’s sometimes wooden sergeant, Paul Milner (Anthony Howell).

Foyle’s War dramatically recreates everyday life in the village against the larger backdrop of the Second World War. In each episode, Foyle investigates a local crime that is spawned by World War II, although Foyle’s interest in arresting the criminals sometimes conflicts with the military’s larger war effort. There is also typically a subplot involving the war’s effects on the private lives of the main characters. The scripts are historically based, intelligently written and the production values are first-rate.

There is something very comforting about Foyle’s War. The morality of Foyle’s war is clear. The rule of law is respected. There is gentleness in society that, unfortunately, one only can only find these days in historical drama.

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Mr. Simpson has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked as an advertising writer in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue a different passion: dance. He danced professionally in New York and Boston before founding a community-based modern dance company, Small City Dance Project, in Newburyport, MA. His fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He was a teaching fellow at Smith College, where he received his MFA in choreography. While living in the Bay Area for 15 years, he wrote about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other periodicals. In 2005, he was a NEA Fellow at the Dance Critics Institute, American Dance Festival. For, he reviews dance, theatre and film. He moved to Santa Fe in October, 2008. He writes for "Pasatiempo," the Arts magazine of the "Santa Fe New Mexican."