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In memory of Alan Howard, whose performance as Stephen Beck in Foyle’s War was among the show’s most poignant.
From a review of Elise by cultbox.co.uk:
If we started by asking ‘How do you live after the War?’ we end up asking ‘How do you live with what you did during it?’ In the final section of the episode we discover that in Hilda’s case, she can’t live with what she has learnt. An unshowy performance by Ellie Haddington as Hilda makes her final, shocking action all the more moving.
As for Foyle himself, he and the late Hilda Pierce could hardly be described as bosom buddies but there’s a streak of honour and absolute integrity that runs through them both…
…which is why, no doubt, our final shot is of Foyle leaving Hilda’s funeral and very pointedly turning away from Dr Addis and any possibility of a future with her. Is there some hint of attraction there? Yes, probably. But the fact that she can live with the horrible truth that killed Hilda, means she can no longer figure in his world.
Foyle is only too eager to step up to the plate when a resignation is requested. (The clip of this scene is available on YouTube with an introduction by Tim McMullan.)
Rehearsal for this scene from the S9 featurette, A Day in the Life of Foyle’s War:
Hmmm, I wonder who that could be. Looks like we can rule out Hilda as the deceased – if the scenes are being shot in order.
Seriously, could the photographer not have moved his arm slightly to the right so we could see That Man’s face?! Sheesh. Nice that Hilda’s up and about.
The FW crew are quite adept at teasing us with their photos and tweets that reveal only so much.
I love how Foyle nails Hilda Pierce and Sir Alec with his knowledge of the switched body. Valentine’s reaction as the revelation sinks in is priceless.
Foyle nailing Hilda Pierce. Hmm. Now there’s an idea. Nobody’s written that one yet.
I think that territory might be best left unexplored.
Agree, last 15 min was classic Michael Kitchen at his best. Do hope he makes up with Hilda though. Their scenes make it worth him being in MI-5 instead of Hastings!
Yes, I was hoping that in S8 Hilda and Foyle would continue to have a relationship of mutual benefit and respect rather than become adversaries.
Perfect ending for this episode.
Apparently, in the time it took Foyle to join her in her car, Hilda Pierce restyled her hair and went from curly to straight. 🙂
I love their relationship. Each knows how to pull the other’s strings.