Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The German Woman 

The German wife of a rich and influential aristocrat exempted from wartime internment is found decapitated in the midst of anti-German feeling.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Horovitch ... Thomas Kramer
Elizabeth Bell Elizabeth Bell ... Elsie Kramer
Robert Pickavance Robert Pickavance ... Eric Stephens
Neil Conrich Neil Conrich ... Policeman 1
Andrew Powell Andrew Powell ... Official 1
Paul Putner ... Official 2
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Edward Fox ... Asst. Commissioner Summers
Benedict Sandiford Benedict Sandiford ... Mark Andrews
Robert Hardy ... Henry Beaumont
Joanna Kanska Joanna Kanska ... Greta Beaumont
Rosamund Pike ... Sarah Beaumont
Dominic Mafham ... Michael Turner
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Robert Goodale ... Bob Keegan


Series premiere. England, May 1940: Set against the backdrop of Hastings, East Sussex, during World War II, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle is thwarted in his attempts to serve his country in the war effort. Instead, his duty is to serve his local community, effectively sitting out the war, by investigating petty crimes and an occasional murder or two. Written by a fan

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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Release Date:

27 October 2002 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The German bomber that appears in this episode resembles a twin engine Dornier Do-17, which would be correct in 1940. See more »


At 39:30, DCS Foyle is reading the newspaper about Paul Milner. The caption of the photograph in the paper says Sergeant Paul Milner. Later, at the hospital, the doctor refers to Milner by saying he was a corporal in Trondheim. Foyle replies that he knew him as a Detective Sergeant. The photograph in the paper shows Milner in military uniform so he should have been captioned as Corporal Paul Milner not Sergeant. See more »


Andrew Foyle: [Looking at a fish his father just caught] What is it dad, a starter?
DCS Christopher Foyle: You are very difficult to please, Andrew, it's a main course. Perfect.
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Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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The German Woman
21 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Crime Traveller was a science fiction series by writer Anthony Horowitz that was so flawed, it rather put me off Horowitz's other works.

Foyle's War concerns the tenacious and methodical Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle who in the first episode wants a transfer.

The episode begins in May 1940 when Germans living in Britain are labelled as aliens and are being interned. One Austrian émigré and his wife are interned when he seen using a camera and his wife dies. His wife's nephews wants an investigation and have his uncle released, especially when a German woman in the village who is married to the local squire and magistrate is free to do and go as she pleases.

However once her decapitated body is found, Foyle investigates, he is assisted by his new lady driver and an injured policeman in hospital.

The German bombings in the southeast coast of England has inspired anti German feeling which means there are a lot of suspects. Foyle uncovers favours were used to ensure that the victim avoided internment and a complex web of lies which led to her murder.

This is a strong opening episode, not an easy one to fathom. Foyle is a honest copper but not the most likable or chatty. He is rather short with his new driver but more caring towards the injured policeman and also anxious about his son joining up. The production values were good.

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