If I had to go to war, I’d want it to be with Foyle! That sums up a lot of my feelings about this BBC show you can watch on Netflix. Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is a seasoned policeman not to be messed with. He is smart, cultured, and dogged in his desire to get to the bottom of each new mystery. Originally set in 1940, Foyle’s War takes place in the background of World War II and post war Britain. With the best of the young off to war, a senior Foyle is given responsibility as senior police officer to find the truth about murder, sabotage and political intrigue. Don’t resist, Foyle is going to uncover the truth, even if it embarrasses the Crown.
is terrific as the quiet but persistent Mr. Foyle. You often feel that he’d rather be doing anything else, but he didn’t shirk his task. We quickly learn that there are many crimes and plots hidden under the cloak of war. Foyle is often working against the desires of his superiors. It’s fun watching the events of World War II from the perspective of the other side of the pond. Americans don’t always come off well in Foyle’s War: rude, demanding and condescending. Do your job well, Mr. Foyle, but please don’t dig up the real truth of the problems. We have a war to win, after all, and you always find something quite inconvenient.
Foyle is joined by his faithful driver, Samantha Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks). It isn’t that Foyle really needs a driver, but the show needs the warmth and humor of Sam. It’s easy to become attached to Honeysuckle Weeks, who often stands on the sidelines waiting to pounce on the suspects in each mystery. While there are numerous police officers, politicians, and English MI5 spies, the bulk of the stories rely on the snooping of these two characters who play together very well. Sam is like a daughter to Foyle, and he is her protective father.
It’s also quite educational. We learn just how hard things were for our British allies, getting through the war and waiting for America to join in. This is not a fast paced drama, but a carefully and well written story of a time and place far away, but all too close to home.
Foyle’s War began in 2012, there are eight seasons and 28 episodes to enjoy.