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FOYLE'S WAR (2003-2007)

Directors: Jeremy Silberston (8 episodes, 2002-2006), Gavin Millar (4 episodes, 2004-2007), Tristram Powell (3 episodes, 2007-2008), Giles Foster (2 episodes, 2003)

Writer: Anthony Horowitz


Michael Kitchen as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle
Anthony Howell as Sergeant Paul Milner
Honeysuckle Weeks as Samantha Stewart, their driver

Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 20 discs (Series 1-5)
Studio: Acorn Media

Genre: Police procedural/crime/drama

Series 1-5 available on DVD. Series #6 (2008) is not yet available on DVD.

Reviewed by Dawn Crawford

This is an excellent series set in Hastings, England during World War II. It is written from an interesting perspective; the police investigating crime, when the country is at war. It shows how everyday life carried on, even though the world was in chaos.

DCI Christopher Foyle, along with Sergeant Milner, who lost a leg while fighting in Norway, investigate crime in Hastings. They are aided by their driver Samantha Stewart, who is a little more inquisitive than her boss would like her to be, but it makes for some humorous dialogue.

I believe this series will appeal to all age groups. It was well researched, and unless you are an historian, or someone who lived through WWII, you will probably not pick up on any of the anomalies in the production.

You don't need to see the five seasons in sequence to understand what is going on, as each show is an individual story within itself. However, once you watch one of the shows I'm sure you'll get hooked and want to see more, and in that, it is always nice to see the series from the beginning to get a better understanding of the characters.

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