Foyle's War (series two)

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Foyle's War (Series Two)
No. of episodes 4
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Series Two of the ITV programme Foyle's War was first aired in 2003. It comprised four episodes. It is set in autumn 1940. Series Two was broadcast in the United States on PBS on Mystery! on 18 and 25 July and 1 and 8 August 2004 as Foyle's War II.

"Fifty Ships"[edit]

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Giles Foster Airdate: 16 November 2003 Net duration: 99 minutes Set: September 1940 Episode 5 (2:1)
Guests: Clive Merrison, Amanda Root, Janine Duvitski, Tom Georgeson, Geoffrey Chater, Nicholas Le Prevost, Henry Goodman, Guy Henry, Bryan Dick
The building where Sam lives is partially destroyed by a high-explosive bomb, and Foyle, there to check on Sam, soon learns of the theft of valuables from the damaged building. Now without a place to stay, she bunks temporarily with Paul, until his wife comes home one night unexpectedly, forcing her to sleep in the police cells. Foyle also investigates the apparent suicide of an alcoholic handyman, Richard Hunter, who has Oxford university ties to a visiting American millionaire, Howard Paige. Complicating matters, Hunter's son Kenneth appears connected to a gang of auxiliary fire-fighter secretly looting bombed-out houses. Meanwhile, Hans Maier, a "Dutch refugee" is found, but he turns out to be a German spy now facing execution. Surprisingly his cousin, the wife of the local doctor, lives nearby and seems complicit in his arrival. In the end, Foyle's investigations reveal the truth behind Paige's complicity in both stealing Hunter's synchromesh concept, and in his murder. Stopped by Paige's minder from arresting him, Foyle vows to bring him to justice after the war.

Character and plot development[edit]

This episode introduces Foyle's former love, Elizabeth Lewes, who he had intended to marry but was declined permission by her father some 20 years ago. Later, true to his word, in Episode 1 Season 8, Foyle returns from America after confronting Paige.

Historical context[edit]

The title refers to the Destroyers for Bases Agreement, under which the United States traded fifty U.S. Navy destroyers to the United Kingdom in exchange for land rights in certain British colonies. The agreement was a reversal of the U.S.'s isolationist policy, and a precursor to the much more substantial Lend-Lease programme. The episode also reveals the darker side of the war effort, those willing to profit in wartime at the expense of their countrymen.

"Among the Few"[edit]

Writer: Anthony Horowitz & Matthew Hall Director: Jeremy Silberston Airdate: 23 November 2003 Net duration: 99 minutes Set: September, 1940 Episode 6 (2:2)
Guests: Damian O'Hare, Christina Cole, David Troughton, Sean Baker, Selina Cadell
At a Home Guard checkpoint, Foyle and Sam are surprised by a lorry that rams the barricade and speeds off. When the pursuit culminates, they inadvertently uncover an illicit fuel racket stemming from the local centralised fuel depot. Unable to find a better agent, Foyle allows Sam, using her driving training, to infiltrate the depot run by manager Michael Bennett. She befriends another female driver, Connie Dewar, and is soon invited to the singles world of dances, enlisted men, and "neutral" Irish labourers. She is surprised to learn that one of the young men in Connie's group is Andrew Foyle. Andrew's best friend, and Connie's beaux is another RAF pilot named Rex Talbot. Soon Sam notices an irregularity at the depot, when Connie fails to fully empty the tanker, but before anything can be done, Connie is found dead. Foyle's investigations reveal how Rex's secret crush on Andrew led to Connie's accidental death; that Connie was pregnant when she died; that the father was the local nightclub manager—an ex-crook tied up with the thefts and the attempted bombing of the depot, and; Pamela Bennett's complicity to the thefts.

Character and plot development[edit]

The relationship and sense of trust between the Foyles is tested as Foyle senior learns details of Andrew's secretive sexual relationship and "engagement" with Connie's friend Violet Davies. Foyle again "bends the rules" to the needs of wartime in allowing post-confession Rex to lead the squadron on his ultimately final sortie, and then in consoling his son by praising Rex's personal achievements.

Historical context[edit]

This episode introduces petrol theft and black-marketing in the new era of wartime rationing, in which petrol was the first item to be restricted.

"War Games"[edit]

Writer: Anthony Horowitz, Michael Russell Director: Giles Foster Airdate: 30 November 2003 Net duration: 99 minutes Set: October, 1940 Episode 7 (2:3)
Guests: Alan Howard, Emily Blunt, Christopher Benjamin, Ian Redford, Tim Preece, Laurence Fox
A young secretary, originally from Hastings, falls to her death from the high-rise London headquarters of a food manufacturing company. Soon afterwards an unreported and apparently unrelated burglary of the country house belonging to Sir Reginald Walker, the company's owner, draws Foyle's attention, particularly since Harry Markham, the prime suspect and member of the Home Guard, is shot and killed during "war games" on the Sussex Downs, where Foyle is acting as referee. The situation is complicated by the return of a corrupt former police colleague, Jack Devlin, and the involvement of a barrister friend of Foyle's, Stephen Beck (a German who fled to Britain in 1935, now secretly working for British intelligence), who had both met Markham only days before his death, and who also knew the dead secretary. Using evidence unknowingly taken by local children as salvage, Foyle confronts Walker and his son, Simon, uncovering their illicit connections with the Nazis, and the younger Walker's hand in the two murders.[1][2]

Character and plot development[edit]

This episode marks the temporary return (prior to reassignment to North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division) of Foyle's former Police Sergeant, now British Army Captain, Jack Devlin, who left with the BEF for France and was wounded by shrapnel there, and it provides details of how Devlin was involved in planting evidence and perverting the course of justice in the Markham case six months earlier. Throughout the episode, Foyle is confronted with moral dilemmas and legal compromises made for the sake of the war. It also marks the first appearance of Hilda Pierce, played by Ellie Haddington, who later appeared in the episodes "The French Drop" and "All Clear", before becoming a lead character in series eight.

Historical context[edit]

This episode introduces children competing to win minor salvaging competitions, particularly with used paper, aluminium, and glass. It also deals with the phenomena of the looting of Jewish treasures, and the continued collaboration of British companies with the Germans in the guise of war profiteering contrary to the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939.

"The Funk Hole"[edit]

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Jeremy Silberston Airdate: 7 December 2003 Net duration: 99 minutes Set: October, 1940 Episode 8 (2:4)
Guests: Joanna David, Nicholas Farrell, Jonathan Tafler
A robbery of a food warehouse leads the police to question the residents of a local "guest house." At the same time, Foyle is temporarily suspended from duty when he is reported to have made seditious remarks during an air raid in London.

Character and plot development[edit]

Andrew is temporarily invalided home after a crash in his plane. After some misunderstandings, he and Sam begin seeing each other.

Historical context[edit]

In the first year of the war, the British government made dire predictions of the amount of bombing in major cities that would occur and moved large numbers of people out to the countryside. After a while, they reversed these predictions, but certain people preferred to stay in their temporary lodgings, out of danger, which they could do if they could afford to pay. Such hotels and guest houses became known as "funk holes" because their residents' actions were regarded as cowardice.


  1. ^ "Foyle's War". Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  2. ^ Foyle's War Series 2 (DVD). ITV. 

External Links[edit]

Series 2 on IMDb