Foyle's War (series 6)

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Series 6 of the ITV programme Foyle's War was first aired in 2010, beginning Sunday 11 April; comprising three episodes, it is set in the period from June to August 1945.[1]


"The Russian House"[edit]

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Stuart Orme Airdate: 11 April 2010 (UK) Net duration: 93 minutes Set: June 1945 Viewers: 7.08 million
Guests: Eleanor Bron, Christopher Good, Tim Pigott-Smith, Marcel Iureș, Tom Goodman-Hill, Giles Taylor, Michael Elwyn, Dimitry Drannikov, Rob Heanley, Polly Maberly, Marek Oravec
In the prelude to the 1945 General Election, Foyle is pressured to remain in his job given the absence of replacements. His former CO asks for his help finding an escaped Russian prisoner of war, Ivan Spiakov, who had fought with the Germans in Normandy. Spiakov, seeking refuge, meets a former POW colleague, Nikolai Vladchenko, then heads to "The Russian House" in London. Despite being moved to a safe-house, the location is raided by the army and he is captured. Milner, now a newly promoted Detective Inspector in Brighton, is called to Redwood Lodge to investigate the death of Stewart's new employer, a famous artist. Milner appears cool and distant when Foyle arrives at the scene following on the trail of the Russians. Foyle's investigation into the Russians then leads him to the supposed safe house, which leads to an attempted hit. Foyle learns of forced repatriations to the Soviet Union, which if exposed, could reveal complicity by the British government.

Cast and characters[edit]

Foyle is still in "retirement" after his resignation at the end of All Clear. His former World War One CO, Brigadier Timothy Wilson, arrives from the War Office to enlist his help with the search of a German-sympathiser and ethnic Russian POW. Meanwhile, Milner, keen to step out of Foyle's shadow and prove himself as a detective, is now in Brighton with his new wife, Edie, and recently-born daughter, Clementine Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Stewart has returned to civilian life and had just started working as a domestic for the well-to-do artist, Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones, before considering another offer from Adam Wainwright to work at a guest house. Also at the house is another anti-communist Russian POW who is now the groundsman, and serves as a witness to murder.

Background and production[edit]

The major theme of this episode is the emerging effects of the Cold War in post-war Britain, and the commencement of the repatriation of enemy combatants from the UK. For Russian combatants, particularly for enemy sympathisers, anti-communists, and those with knowledge of atrocities, the pending deportation situation was bleak. Part of the plot, therefore, centres on members of the Russian Liberation Movement (aka "White Russians"), who are seeking to avoid repatriation to the USSR. In this context, mention is also made of Almanzora, a ship used by the British to transport returnees to Odessa, during the repatriation of Cossacks after World War II (and in which ex-troops from the West Indies immigrated to Britain in 1947).[2] The title of the show is not to be confused with the 1989 novel of a similar name, The Russia House, by John le Carré.

"Killing Time"[edit]

Writer: David Kane Director: David Richards Airdate: 18 April 2010 (UK) Net duration: 92 minutes Set: July 1945 Viewers: 7.09 million
Guests: Obi Abili, Adam James, Andrew Hawkins, Max Brown, Zoe Telford, Christopher Mellows, Sam Spruell, Neil McCaul, Nicholas Shaw, Trevor White, Victoria Lennox, Nicholas Gleaves, Joseph Long, Nick Dunning, Charlotte Riley, John Sharian
Foyle investigates a case which is complicated by racial prejudice. Sam and Adam are now running a dilapidated local guest house where Mandy Dean is one of the residents. Disowned by her family, she is a young, vulnerable mother all alone because of the hostility levelled against her and her mixed-race baby. Her ex-boyfriend returns hoping to win her back, but when she is found murdered the finger of suspicion points to a black GI at the nearby US military base - the father of her child.

Cast and characters[edit]

Milner does not appear in this episode.

Background and production[edit]

Filmed: February–March 2009

"The Hide"[edit]

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Stuart Orme Airdate: 25 April 2010 (UK) Net duration: 89 minutes Set: August 1945 Viewers: 7.40 million
Guests: Max Brown, Georgie Glen, Richard Goulding, Anastasia Hille, Will Keen, Steven Pacey, Joseph Kloska, Hugh Ross, Andrew Scott, Maggie Service, David Yelland, Dominic Jephcott, Kirsty Besterman, Rupert Frazer
Foyle finally is allowed to resign and leave Hastings police station to his successor, DCS Clarke, his tenure as detective chief superintendent over. After his retirement he makes plans to go to America to "tie up some loose ends" - an oblique reference to his determination to bring American Howard Paige to justice, since he was unable to in the episode "Fifty Ships". But before Foyle leaves, he reads in a newspaper about James Devereaux, the son of a distinguished local family who will be tried for treason for belonging to the British Free Corps, a unit composed of Englishmen fighting for Nazi Germany. If found guilty, Devereaux will be sentenced to death. Foyle decides to look unofficially into the case. He visits Devereaux in his cell and finds a damaged young man intent on self-destruction, unwilling to do or say anything in his defence. With time running out, Foyle desperately searches for any evidence to clear Devereaux's name.

Cast and characters[edit]

This episode sees the final appearance of Anthony Howell as Paul Milner.

Background and production[edit]

Filmed: April–May 2009

International broadcast[edit]

Series Six was broadcast in the United States on PBS stations on Masterpiece Mystery! as Foyle's War VI on 2, 9 and 16 May 2010,[3] and on Netflix as of April 2014.[4]


  1. ^ "Foyle's War". Icon Movies. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, James (15 April 2017). "The West Indies Ships That Arrived Before The Windrush". The Londonist. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Foyle's War Series VI". PBS. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015.
  4. ^ Thomas, Chet (2 April 2014). "More British TV Shows on Netflix: 'Foyle's War'". Netflix TV Shows Review. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014.

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