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Foyle's War - Sets 1-5
     

Foyle's War - Sets 1-5

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Director: Anthony Horowitz, David Thacker, Giles Foster, Jeremy Silberston

Cast: Anthony Horowitz, David Thacker, Giles Foster, Jeremy Silberston

 
History meets mystery in this award-wining PBS series (which originally aired on ITV in the U.K.), with four all-new feature-length episodes set at the height of World War II. Michael Kitchen returns as the laconic Christopher Foyle, detective chief superintendent in the British town of Hastings. War has torn the social fabric of this

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History meets mystery in this award-wining PBS series (which originally aired on ITV in the U.K.), with four all-new feature-length episodes set at the height of World War II. Michael Kitchen returns as the laconic Christopher Foyle, detective chief superintendent in the British town of Hastings. War has torn the social fabric of this once-quiet coastal community, and Foyle's investigations explore the violence and opportunism that the conflict has fostered on the home front. Among the set's bonus features are a making-of documentary, production notes, and historical anecdotes behind each episode. The four mysteries on the set are from Seasons 4 and 5, and include:
"Invasion" (January 15, 2006) -- As the first American GIs arrive to build an airbase near Hastings, the murder of a barmaid further strains already tense relations between the locals and the Yanks.
"Bad Blood" (January 22, 2006) -- A top-secret experiment in biological warfare goes horribly wrong, complicating a murder investigation and threatening the life of Foyle's faithful driver, Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks).
"Bleak Midwinter" (February 11, 2007) -- The death of a young munitions worker and the murder of Paul Milner's (Anthony Howell) wife seem linked, and Foyle strives to clear his sergeant from suspicion.
"Casualties of War" (April 15, 2007) -- While investigating gambling and sabotage, Foyle takes in his troubled goddaughter and her severely traumatized son, who refuses to speak.Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this acclaimed series continues with three feature-length episodes. Michael Kitchen stars as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, investigating wartime crimes in an English coastal town. With the end of World War II slowly but inevitably approaching, Foyle and his fellow citizens learn the price of victory and face a peace that will transform their lives in unexpected ways. The Foyle mysteries costar Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks, and feature Nicholas Day, Malcolm Sinclair, Nicholas Woodeson, Duncan Bell, Julian Ovenden, Mark Bazeley, Julian Wadham, and Phyllida Law. The mysteries included here -- which aired on Britain's ITV in 2008 before making their way to the U.S. via PBS.-- include:

  • "Plan of Attack" (2008) -- With the Hastings police force suffering attrition and low morale, Foyle comes out of retirement to probe the mysterious death of a cartographer from the Air Ministry.
  • "Broken Souls" -- The murder of an ambitious young doctor at the local psychiatric clinic produces no shortage of suspects among the staff and patients, many of whom still experience the war's horrors.
  • "All Clear" -- With final victory expected any day, Hastings looks ahead to a radically different postwar life. But the end comes too soon for two men, one a murder victim, the other an apparent suicide.Michael Kitchen stars as the titular detective in this short series of mysteries set amidst the backdrop of England at the dawn of World War II. Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder concerns the mysterious circumstances involving the death of a conscientious objector to the war effort. It seems that he died while in police custody, and the man who had him arrested, Judge Gascoigne (Oliver Ford Davies), is coming under a lot of scrutiny since the incident. Gascoigne rules over his court -- and his family -- with an iron fist, and as a result has made many a citizen more than a little perturbed. What's more, when Foyle learns of the secretive nature of the victim's former workplace -- a munitions factory -- he discovers yet another wrinkle to the case.Michael Kitchen stars as the titular detective in this short series of mysteries set amidst the backdrop of England at the dawn of World War II. In Foyle's War: Eagle Day, he and partner Milner (Anthony Howell) struggle to uncover the killer of a young cab driver found stabbed to death in the midst of an air raid, with nothing on his person but a golden locket. But as Foyle tries to trace the memento, complications arise as his pilot son Andrew (Julian Ovenden) arrives in Hastings, transferred by the R.A.F. to help test its radar system, the latest advance in British warfare. Andrew stumbles upon a cover-up of his own at his station, and soon both father and son are embroiled in a mystery larger than they could have ever imagined.Michael Kitchen stars as the titular detective in this short series of mysteries set amidst the backdrop of England at the dawn of World War II. Foyle's War: The German Woman examines the effects of nationalist paranoia in the normally sleepy burgh of Hastings, where Foyle is stationed. It seems that a German immigrant has been interned by the local authorities in a manner so traumatic, it causes his wife to suffer a severe heart attack. As Foyle investigates the death, he learns that the town's detainment of Germans is more selective than one might think, and he begins to uncover suspicious activities that may have led to the woman's death.Michael Kitchen stars as the titular detective in this short series of mysteries set amidst the backdrop of England at the dawn of World War II. Foyle's War: The White Feather revolves around The White Feather, a pro-fascism group that's gaining some support in Foyle's part of town. But when one of the group's most prominent members is shot at a rally, Foyle is left to sort out who did it: the young Jewish man beaten by some of the group's members, the boyfriend of a girl who's been indoctrinated into the group, or someone else entirely. The White Feather co-stars Anthony Howell as Foyle's home-from-the-war partner Paul Milner.

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    Release Date:
    09/29/2009
    UPC:
    0054961820894
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    Acorn Media

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    Foyle's War - Sets 1-5 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am so pleased with this series! All the stories are wrapped around real events that were going on at the time the series takes place. One event that brings the hardship of the times home is when the prize for a local lottery game is a huge onion. I guess they were hard to come by during the war. One of the characters (Sam) picks it up and smells it as if it were priceless perfume. The whole series is full of small details that bring the reality of hardships of the time of war into full focus.
    Texas_Reader More than 1 year ago
    This story combines several elements, each of interest to me, into a single show. WWII history, life in Britain during the hardships of that war, a murder mystery with a great actor doing a marvelous job as Foyle, and some enjoyable supporting actors. It seems to me so believeable I get frustrated with Foyle's absolute REFUSAL to compromise or to accept any half-way actions. He is very simply Foyle, a tough nut to crack. I was so glad to learn there will be a Season VI that I immediately tried to order it Pre-Release, but so far, have not foun dit. Did I try B&N? I will try again.
    NaturalOne More than 1 year ago
    One of the best television series I have seen.  Full of small details and empathetic characters.   The only issue with the series, is that it was extended too long.  The 6th and 7th series (after the war), are just not as compelling, engaging, or well written.  There is some inter-character conflict thrown in that just doesn't fit. Series 1-5 is the only part that I own as stands alone as the best.  It is unfortunate that the BBC is now sacrificing quality, simply to meet demand.
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