Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, played by Michael Kitchen, is a quiet widower, regularly underestimated by his foes and meticulous in his duties. Following the conclusion of the Second World War, the surrounding chaos and lack of national resources to police the streets lets many criminals take advantage of the situation for their own ends.
Aided by his driver, Sam Stuart, played by Honeysuckle Weeks, and colleague Detective Sergeant Paul Milner, Foyle makes it his mission to let no crime go unsolved and to do what it takes to bring perpetrators to justice.
Despite occasionally butting heads with high ranking military officers, Foyle has the honesty, integrity and presence of mind to pursue his cause, usually to a satisfactory conclusion.
As each episode is largely self-contained, this is one series you can dip in and out of when the fancy takes you. Regular viewers, however, will also pick up some of the longer running threads of the back stories that knit each episode.
These include the career of Foyle’s son Andrew and of Foyle’s off and on relationships with cameo characters.
Foyle’s War is written by popular screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz, and has been running on ITV since 2002, having been commissioned after the finale of the long running Inspector Morse dramas.
The programme continues to attract excellent viewing figures and is loved by fans of the detective genre worldwide.
Not only is Foyle’s attention to detail the focus of the storyline, but the loving recreation of post-war desolation brings back bittersweet memories for many older viewers and puts those tough times into perspective for those lucky enough not to have endured war.