At The Movies – Foyles War

2014 At the movies Entertainment October 2014 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the October 2014 Edition

Creator: Anthony Horowitz

Starring: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell

“It is 1940 and Britain stands almost alone against the might of Nazi Germany across the continent. The terrors of nightly bombing raids are only matched by the fear and hysteria of the population at the prospect of the seemingly inevitable German invasion. It is in this environment that Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, of the Hastings Police on the south coast of England, works. Denied a transfer to the war effort, Foyle is nonetheless forced to confront the darkest acts of humanity on a daily basis. With his official driver, Sam, and his subordinate, Paul Milner, Foyle investigates murders, looting and theft, crimes of opportunism, crimes of war, crimes of passion and crimes of greed, because crime isn’t stopped because of warfare.”

It is an understatement to say we ‘enjoyed’ this series.

We loved it. In fact we have watched all available seasons via Netflix and are delighted to find out that another is underway. It is particularly engaging for its in-depth journey into the late 1930’s and on through the end of the Second World War. The art direction is wonderful and we are able to ‘live ’ in that period with the vehicles, architecture, fashion and decorum of the era. In addition, it is written around local crime challenges while at the same time reliving the presence and the human psychology of a country being threatened and ultimately forced to defend a nation by the onslaught of Hitler’s’ Nazi movement.

There is no need for binge watching this series because each episode is a complete story, start to finish over 100 minutes. There are no commercial breaks and of course running on Netflix means that you can watch the whole episode at your convenience and time.

Foyles War has been nominated for numerous BAFTA Awards as a best series and has also won for one season.

User ratings from IMDB are 8.4/10 and I whole heartedly agree.

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