On this day 16 years ago Foyle’s War premiered.
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.
Outspoken women are well represented in this episode.
Now I see why Barbara Hicks’s bra stood out.
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.
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:
Milner gets it right, unlike the craven, despicable man occupying the White House right now.
In recognition of International Women’s Day…
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.
Communicating with Milner via knee dip again after Dr. Campbell’s unwelcome intrusion.
(Location: Harpsden Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire)
A laughter break from investigating crime.
Behind-the-scenes photos from filming of The Russian House (March, 2009) and Trespass (January, 2014).