Missed this interview with Anthony Horowitz when it was published in The Sunday Times on March 24, 2013, the day Foyle’s War S8 premiered. At the time, AH believed S8 would be the finale of FW:
Will I ever kill Foyle off? No. But I don’t think I’ll write any more either. It’s quite likely that I’ve written my last episode of Foyle’s War.
Of Michael Kitchen, he had this to say:
“…and Michael [Kitchen, the actor who plays Foyle] has been happier more than I can ever remember.”
“He has taken over the part. He now questions every line: he is quite demanding in what he will not say; he is always challenging. This is good for me. It makes for an interesting collaboration.”
“We discuss things all the time. We have a read-through; he will phone me while they’re shooting; I get notes from him; he will worry about certain lines. The very last line of the whole series — he wrote [it] at the very last minute.”
Wish we could have seen more of that off-screen happiness, as there certainly wasn’t much for Foyle to be happy about in S8.
The questionable professional ethics of Foyle’s ride companions are on his mind while they zip through the pastoral surroundings of Hastings in War Games and the austere streets of London in The Eternity Ring. Professional ethics certainly don’t concern Trump and his appointees as they daily violate with little repercussion the rules and laws governing their offices.
Some iambic pentameter from Michael Kitchen’s Foyle as a temporary distraction from the GOP’s latest reprehensible moves that promise to further unravel the fabric of our society, as if “The Self-Destruction of American Democracy” these past ten months under Trump and his administration weren’t enough.
As so often, the greatest fun was discovering what Michael Kitchen might do with Foyle’s next line. Refusing to disappoint, he found the iambic pentameter in ‘Vlessing being the only person implicated in the so-called eternity ring.’ What a trooper! – Andrew Billen, The Times, March 25, 2013
When S7 ended, Foyle was all smiles after his replacement in the police force finally arrived, allowing him to resign and pursue other interests, including a trip to America to carry out his vow to bring Howard Paige to justice. In 2010 Anthony Horowitz said that he very much hoped the next installment of the show could be shot in America to follow the Paige storyline. That would have been awesome in more ways than one (MK on American soil!), but unfortunately, budget limitations precluded filming in the US.
Hoping for a book from AH someday…
A visitor to Chatham Historic Dockyard took a photo of this scene as it was being filmed:
Any French literate Foyle’s War fans interested in contributing to S9?
Merde! Je m’y postule tout-de-suite!
Nah. Seriously, this is a job for a French native-speaker. Althouuuuugh why should I be so fussy on their behalf? BIG BONE to pick with Series 8 over the sequence of spoken Polish between Hoffmann and Tomasz in The Eternity Ring. A few of us on QE were wondering what was said, since the subtitles were sorely lackin’
Turns out one bloke was speaking semi-gobbledygook. We fetched in two Poles and the best they could make out was:
Voice 1 (Accent is dire, cannot make it out): Situation
Voice 2 (Polish): Thank you for helping
Haha, I do recall that discussion on QE and being once again amazed by the details viewers notice in the show.
Michael Kitchen conveys Foyle’s deep distrust, apprehension, and irritation in a myriad of ways while being briefed against his will by MI5. His expressive face, silver hair, dark suit, and red tie set against the lamplit red walls of the room all come together for a scene of sublime beauty.
It’s amazing that almost all the FW fans have the same sense of what is really important in the episode!And we have you to offer us the deleted scenes!Thanks again.
Well, at least based on the small sample size opining on the MK forum and this blog… The editors of the US FW obviously had different ideas, and who knows, their views could be representative of the FW fan base at large. Many viewers may not care much whether these scenes are included, but for those who do, I’m glad to be able to share them.
Those who do not care may as well watch Midsomer Murders. I invite them to clear orf out of the Foyle fandom forthwith.
Agreed. But from all the comments and reviews I’ve read on S8, I just get the feeling that most viewers have been sold on the new setting and atmosphere of the show and don’t particularly miss the lack of humor and fun Foyle/Sam interaction.
Well, the first cut scene didn’t have any Sam in it. But it did have Foyle. To my mind, in a series called “Foyle’s War” you don’t cut Foyle. You cut everything else first. It’s a no-brainer.
One would think. That first scene not only had Foyle but his dry wit as well, so the cut is doubly egregious.
My friends and I were confused about the opening premise of ‘The Eternity Ring.’ What is the nature of Foyle’s difficulty with the FBI in the US?
Since it’s implied that Foyle drove Howard Paige to suicide, I’m guessing that Paige received quite a number of threats from Foyle and reported him to the authorities, so Foyle is probably wanted by the FBI to answer to possible extortion charges.
It is so strange that he did that, honestly, after what happened with Major Keiffer.
I think the difference is that Major Keiffer’s target wasn’t necessarily solely responsible for the soldiers’ deaths, and even if he was, it was an error rather than an intentional criminal act. I wonder, though, what Foyle’s ultimate goal was wrt Paige. I would have thought that he would have tried to have Paige extradited to stand trial in the UK for murder. Perhaps Paige was still protected by authorities because he was such a rich and powerful man, forcing Foyle to use more underhanded means to exact justice.
I didn’t think AH had anything to do with the poor editing decisions on The Eternity Ring, and he confirms as much in his tweets.
Don’t think he does either. The poster asked “Who does the editing”. Not sure they were accusing him. He probably didn’t answer because it was his producer wife, Jill Green….ha!
Oh, I don’t think the poster was accusing him at all. Good, though, that AH knows now that some fans were unhappy with the editing. Hopefully he’ll pass the sentiment on to those in control.
Were there scenes cut from the US version? if so, what were they? thanks.
I’m only aware of this scene just because I happen to like it and was looking for it.
Watching now on Acorn. So far the scene you gif’d, two scenes with Frank Shaw that are important to that subplot, a wonderful scene with Sam and Foyle on the stairs at Vlessing’s apt. where Foyle gives Sam a wink and tells her she’s a natural.
I’m aghast. I cannot believe they omitted the Foyle/Sam staircase scene – another one of my favorite moments from this episode! Whoever is doing the editing has a questionable sense of what’s important and what’s appealing about the show. Thanks so much for your research.
I consider the cutting of those great scenes from, ‘The Eternity Ring’ as nothing short of wanton vandalism. How dare they!!