Foyle's War  

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7/25/2006 8:19 am

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7/25/2006 8:21 am

Foyle's War

I found this BBC mystery series set during WWII well acted and interesting. On DVD from Netflix, watched the first series of shows, the German Woman. Learned about the internment of Germans on the vulnerable South coast of England in 1940. Worth watching:

Murder mysteries are more interesting when set against an ethical context. As District Superintendant Foyle asks when his application to join the WWII military is turned down for the umpteenth time, "How important is one murder in the middle of all this killing?" He's probably not too old to do something battle related, but the next murder he faces in his small coastal town swiftly changes his mind. It's the German spouse of a local landowner, who should have been interned months ago. The string pulling, bribes and other moral lapses surrounding her continued freedom create tremendous fodder for ethical debate. And it's not so easy to question witnesses with the odd German bomb falling on the building. Foyle's War was developed as a replacement for Inspecter Morse, with the marvelous Michael Kitchen ( try him in Dandelion Dead and Reckless for contrast ). His DCS Foyle has great intelligence under a quiet surface, and psychological layers you will be itching to peel back. He can't drive or he won't drive? Anything to do with his dead wife? All the performances are veyr good, lots of the great old pros like Robert Hardy are featured, and all the episodes so far have emotional depth and a perfect sense of period. If it stays this good, I hope Foyle runs as long as Morse...

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