Foyle’s War: Great TV

Foyle’s War combines history and mystery in a mix that is entertaining and educational. I highly recommend it, especially since excellent movies have become scarce. We record it on the DVR from PBS and watch it instead of going out to a movie. I wish they could produce more than four episodes per year!

Here’s an overview from Wikipedia:

The programme is set during the Second World War in Hastings, England, where Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) attempts to catch criminals who are taking advantage of the confusion the war has created. He is assisted by his driver Samantha "Sam" Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) and Detective Sergeant Paul Milner (Anthony Howell).

Foyle, a widower, is quiet, methodical and very observant and is frequently underestimated by his foes. Many of his cases concern profiteering, the black market and murder. Foyle often comes up against high-ranking officials in the British military or intelligence services who would prefer that he mind his own business but he is tenacious in seeking justice.

The stories are largely self-contained. There are some running strands, mainly involving the career of Foyle’s son Andrew (played by Julian Ovenden), a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, or Foyle’s continuing relationships with cameo characters.

Here’s the description of the latest series, shown in the US in the Mystery! slot on PBS.

Foyle’s War, Series IV      TV PG
Airing Sundays, June 17 through July 8, 2007 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)

Foyle’s War returns to Mystery! with the admirable Michael Kitchen in his usual top form…
— The Wall Street Journal

Mystery! presents four new episodes of one of its most acclaimed detective series. Set along the South Coast of England in the 1940s, Foyle’s War stars Michael Kitchen (Reckless, Oliver Twist) as the no-nonsense Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, the straightforward sleuth who fights his own battles on the homefront while war rages across Europe.

Series IV finds Foyle and his team tackling a brutal death on an American Army base, uncovering secret government research after a biological warfare experiment goes awry, investigating the murder of Sgt. Milner’s estranged wife, and probing the clandestine world of weapons development.