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First broadcast in 2002, starting off with four episodes with a running time of approx 1 hour 39 mins each, snuggle down and watch how despite an awful war taking place across Europe, men going off to join the war, again, and women having to leave the family home and fill in the jobs and be on a different sort of frontline on home soil.
We see how not everyone wanted to join the war, after the horror they saw their families go through in the first war that should of been the war to end all wars.
The series is based in Hastings during the summer of 1940 where we are introduced to the main character CHRISTOPHER FOYLE a[Detective Cheif Superintendent] who is on his way to request a transfer in central London at head office. This man appears moody and discontent with not being allowed to contribute more to the war effort, instead he is so highly respected that they won't move him for fear of not being able to plug the gap.This is a theme that continues all through six series.
THE GERMAN WOMAN [Episode 1]
With tensions running high and people being sent to war, those left on the home front are trying to get out of conscription by any means possible.
On the other hand there are people who fled the oppression of the nazi now being put into camps in Britian.
This shows a truly distrubing part of Britsh life.
In a qauint English village, a bomb falls killing a local girl, all fingers point at the local German woman [hence the title] who is married to an Englishman, even though she clearly had nothing to do with a bomb dropping but is the brut of much anger and days later she is found dead but not for the reason that are put before you.
Instead an intricate plotline that works it's way into the head qauters of the police in London.
In this first episode we are introduced to Sam Stewart [ MPC driver] a driver for foyle, he was expecting a man. We watch how Foyle also recuits Millner, an injured officer who reluctantly agrees to work alongside Foyle disptie having rejected his offer before the war broke out.
The foundation is laid here for a tight team who are the main focus of the storyline.
A stellar cast includes
THE WHITE FEATHER
A hotel called the 'White Feather' holds a meeting for those of the 'pro-nationalist group, led by shady character. The death of the lady hotel owner is found dead during one meeting the plot unfolds to dark dealings and crime of passions, just the wrong sort of passion.s
Milner struggles with his disability and the effect of his marriage.
We learn that Foyle's son is in Scotland with the army training.
And Sam is from a family of vicar, who appear in later serie's
Stellar cast includes
A LESSON IN MURDER
A conscentious objector is jailed and later found dead in his cell, Foyle is called to investigate when the officers who were on shift that night clam up.
The investigation leads to a judge house which includes Milner providing protection for his daughter who is hiding secrets of her own, only thing is, who's watching the mother?
Milner's wife leaves him for a period of time,becaase of his new leg.
We are introduce to a lifelong Italian friend of Foyle who suffes because of his identity.
Stellar cast includes
A driver is murdered with a gold locket in his hand which is the key to finding the killer.
We are introduced to Foyle Son Andrew more throughout this episdoe and we learn more how devious people are in ducking and diving and trying to earn extra money whilst evading the police.
We learn more about Foyle and the death of his beloved wife.
The driver is finally linked back to a art house that is stealing a painters work, this is resolved by Sam Stweart father, who disagrees with her position as a driver and think she should be doing safer work with him, however when he is able to help the police this changes his mind.
Steller cast includes
I learnt so much in the historical context of this series. You really feel for the characters whose hopes and dreams are dashed because of the war. We shall never know how much it really cost those who lived through the war but this is a very good portrayal.
The characters are well drawn and very believable and you are taken on three seperate journey's that you want them all to survive the war.
The writer is bold and does not shy away that not everyone wanted this war or was willing to contribute, the different storylines paints a wonderful picture of Hastings and the people who lived there and makes up the start of a wonderful series.