on July 26, 2007
This is a tour de force of writing, acting, direction, cinematography, lighting, costumes and attention to period detail.
A murder mystery set during the Second World War, backdropped by a variety of interesting but little-known true stories from the war, this series in which an English policeman solves murders on England's south-east coast during wartime is an irresistible juxtaposition of war drama and old-fashioned whodunit, and it has no peer as sheer thought-provoking entertainment.
As repeated viewings are a must, you will marvel endlessly at how great it is to watch and re-watch Michael Kitchen act. The supporting cast of regulars are stellar in their own right, and even the bit players are topnotch. Together, they work seamlessly to breathe life into the amazing stories flowing from Anthony Horowitz's pen.
TV just doesn't not get better than this.
I own all four series and have no regrets. By series four, Foyle, his son, the sargeant, and Sam, the driver,are bonded and in very intricate and interesting ways. Sam, eventhough she is a woman in the forties and should be at home cooking and cleaning, is a valuable part of the team. Foyles, second in command, the sargeant no longer sits at a desk doing research alone as he did in series one but now walks well on his prosthetic leg and has adjusted to the loss of his wife. Foyle no longer applies to the foreign service but is content serving his country as a cop who foils the murderer every time.
Each mystery stands alone and even once you've learned all you can from the series regarding life during the war, the mysteries are worth watching over and over again. Yes, I know who done it but I like unravelling the pieces of how it was done. Like Sherlock Holmes I like to follow the clues. A great series, but then one expects that from a British Mystery. Each mystery offers more than one possible solution and killer; options need to be followed to their conclusion until the mystery is solved. It's often a suprise. Foyle et al are a great team of cops doing a thankless job in a world torn apart by war. Can the death of one person or two compare to the thousands killed in action. If you asked Foyle he'd give a resounding, 'yes'.
The war will end one way or another. Murder, scandal and devious intrigue will live on forever. Foyle et al are needed in war-torn London to solve each and every murder one at a time.