What better way to introduce the character of DCS Christopher Foyle than with closeup after closeup of Michael Kitchen’s gorgeously disgruntled face, that of a resolute man seething at having his request for a transfer to the War Office denied yet again.
There is one man whose every expression, gesture, and utterance leaves me wanting more, and then there is another whom I hope never to see or hear from again after the winner of today’s election is determined.
Frying fish indoors. I hope Foyle’s kitchen has good ventilation.
Michael Kitchen and Edward Fox — on-screen adversaries in Foyle’s War, off-screen residents of Dorset and patrons of Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust.
From a review by tendays komyathy posted on swapadvd.com:
“My name is Foyle. I’m a police officer.” No badge is shown or papers presented while so introducing himself. Such would be superfluous though as Kitchen’s Foyle, in mannerisms, demeanor, as well as the way his carries himself, makes it rather apparent that he is in law enforcement.
A goof noted on IMDB:
Ray calls his late girlfriend Terry. Throughout the rest of the episode and in the titles, she is called Tracey. Michael Kitchen picks up on the mistake, and refers to Tracey as Terry too.
Interesting that the error wasn’t noted at the time of filming and the scene reshot, given the emphasis MK places on “Terry”.
Foyle and the colors of fall.
During his meeting with Asst. Commissioner Summers, Foyle is the picture of politeness even though he knows full well why his request for a transfer has finally been granted. Only when Summers gives him an ultimatum does Foyle deliver the smoking gun with an ice cold stare of utter contempt. Such a powerful and memorable scene. Maybe The German Woman would have been better Emmy material. Or maybe not, as the reviews compiled by the Guardian after the premiere of Foyle’s War back in 2002 were suprisingly mixed. And the show received only a brief mention in the NY Times when it first aired in the US:
Foyle’s War brings together the three best things about England: murder mysteries, World War II and class resentment. Or, to put it more succinctly: the series also stars Edward Fox.
Among the television audience, though, “Foyle’s War was virtually an immediate hit. While most newspaper TV critics found the first episode slow and cliched, by the second episode opinion was shifting, and by the third they had caught up with the audience in praising it as one of the best pieces of ITV drama since Inspector Morse…” (Reconstructing the Past: History in the Mass Media 1890 – 2005)