|Michael Kitchen as Foyle.|
Running Time: 90-100 minutes (28 episodes).
Status: There were eight seasons broadcast between 2002 and 2015. They’re available on DVD in the U.S.
Production Notes: Anthony Horowitz, a highly successful novelist and television script writer, created Foyle's War. Prior to Foyle, he penned episodes of the popular detective series Agatha Christie's Poirot and Midsomer Murders. ITV cancelled Foyle's War in 2007 after five seasons, but reversed the decision and eventually broadcast three more seasons. In a 2015 article about the final season, Horowitz said: "It feels a terrible wrench to say goodbye to characters I’ve lived with for more than fifteen years. But the truth is that I’m not sure there are any more stories to tell and anyway it was always my intention to end on a high note and I think this year’s episodes are the very best we’ve done."
Our Review: Foyle's War is a outstanding detective series that takes great advantage of its World War II backdrop. The mysteries are compelling and Horowitz offers the perfect amount of insight into his characters' personal lives. Michael Kitchen gives a masterful, nuanced performance as the title character. I love how Foyle will start to leave a witness, only to pause, tilt his head slightly, and ask that last killer question. It reminds me of Columbo and yet Kitchen makes the technique uniquely his own. Foyle's relationships with Sam, Milner, and Christopher reflect his high morals and the importance he places on loyalty and trust. During the final two seasons, which take place in London, Horowitz injects socially-relevant subplots involving Sam's husband, who becomes a member of Parliament. I felt these story lines detracted slightly from the central mystery, but that's a minor quibble.
Our Grade: A+.