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On this day 16 years ago Foyle’s War premiered.

Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: last scene 1
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Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Anthony Howell: last scene
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: last scene
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: last scene

Journalist Ian Wylie wrote at the time:

You were supposed to see it exactly a year ago – but TV bosses were so impressed with the pilot episode, they decided to make some more.

Foyle’s War is a new drama series starring Michael Kitchen as a wartime detective fighting his own battle against murder, mystery and betrayal.

It’s the result of ITV1’s search for new detective ideas. More than 200 were submitted, but only three made it as far as having pilot episodes filmed.

Executives liked Foyle’s War so much that they cancelled the scheduled screening of the pilot last October and ordered three more two-hour films, set in Hastings and on the south coast.

That pilot – The German Woman – will finally be screened on Sunday amid hopes that Foyle can become as big a hit as Morse and Frost. Having taken his leave of Manchester’s A&E, Michael thinks this new TV detective has great potential.

“I was attached to quite a few projects when Foyle first came to me in its early drafts as The War Detective. Even then, it was very high quality, always going to be a strong contender and no great surprise when it was green lit.”

“I was attached to quite a few projects…” — Sigh. Those were the days, when MK was an “attached” actor.

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Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Joannie's concerned about cows 1
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Outspoken women are well represented in this episode.

Now I see why Barbara Hicks’s bra stood out.


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“A donation, perhaps? One of the refugee funds?”

“Yes, sir. Good idea.”


From a Google Groups chat:

I enjoyed Foyle’s Law. I am continually irritated by many police dramas in which the detective insists on putting himself in danger by confronting villains without backup for which he only had to ask. But Foyle doesn’t have recourse to spare constables because they’ve all joined up, so he’s obliged to do all the policing himself.

One of my pet peeves, too, when protagonists enter risky situations alone for no reason other than to ramp up tension in the storytelling. I think the only time Foyle’s War resorts to such theatrics is the final confrontation with Keppler. In general, Foyle has the good sense to avoid taking unnecessary risks, which is in keeping with his prudent, methodical approach to police work.


Bizarre and dismaying to be hearing about my home turf in Irish news reports.

Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Not good.

Grateful to have been taking in the views from Mount Brandon instead of sidestepping violent, murderous neo-Nazis invading my town with their sick and twisted reasoning.

Only one correct answer to this question:

Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: enlightening Milner

Milner gets it right, unlike the craven, despicable man occupying the White House right now.


In recognition of International Women’s Day…

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The Women’s Land Army hostel offers Sam, Foyle, and Milner a bed for the night and a hearty meal. That tall glass of fresh milk Foyle’s enjoying would have been a treat in wartime England, but today I don’t think there’d be many takers for milk with dinner.








Catching up on S5 of Suits and surprised to find a Foyle’s War alum has joined the cast. Who can forget Christina Cole as Violet, Andrew’s fresh conquest who belatedly comes to realize that she has divulged details of her love life to none other than her presumed fiance’s father? Love Michael Kitchen’s reaction in frame 4.

I had a scene with Michael when he interrogates me… Michael gave me lots of tips on the language and he was fantastic to work with.  – Christina Cole (Violet); FW press pack



Communicating with Milner via knee dip again after Dr. Campbell’s unwelcome intrusion.


(Location: Harpsden Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire)






Sam runs afoul of the Official Secrets Act when she relays to Foyle details she has come across that cast new light on Henry Scott’s death.





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In Eagle Day Anthony Horowitz once again deftly integrated multiple plot lines, including Sam’s difficulties with her father.


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Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Anthony Howell: enlightening Milner 15

Wish something just as incriminating would surface, and soon, to turn the tide of support for Trump. Bring on the disillusionment.






Foyle, Sam, and Milner attend a dance organized by the new arrivals from America.



More great behind the scenes photos from the original foyleswar.com site.

A laughter break from investigating crime.



Sadly, no moon here either last night for all the cloud cover. Would have loved to have seen the blood moon eclipse. (Eating mooncakes is some consolation.)



Behind-the-scenes photos from filming of The Russian House (March, 2009) and Trespass (January, 2014).


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Sgt. Milner’s loyalty.


With this frigid February drawing to a close, I’m hoping soon to be doing a lot less of this:






Foyle's War: Among the Few: Michael Kitchen: exiting car
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Some coatless sauntering by Michael Kitchen from Series 2 of Foyle’s War. With Sam working undercover at Bexhill fuel depot, Foyle and Milner are forced to make do with a senior driver when they pay Frank Gannon a visit.

Foyle's War: Among the Few: Michael Kitchen: The sergeant is a terrible driver.