Foyle’s War

Foyle’s War

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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Emily S. Mendel, a writer and photographer, has been a regular contributor to culturevulture.net since 2006, where she reviews art, film, television and destinations. Ending her 30-year law practice has given Ms. Mendel the time to indulge in her love of travel and the arts, and to serve as the theater reviewer for berkeleyside.com.