The latest DVD release from the rightly-popular Foyles War
, this again gives Michael Kitchens title character a couple of juicy cases to feast his not inconsiderable sleuthing talents upon.
Foyles War, of course, differentiates itself a little from the ocean of other detective programmes by setting itself in Hastings, in the middle of World War II. There, Christopher Foyle finds himself solving crimes in part caused by the confusion and calamity of the surrounding war.
This DVD set then brings together a pair of episodes originally broadcast towards the start of 2007. "Bleak Midwinter" starts with the death of one Grace Phillips, an incident originally written off as an accident at a munitions factory, but one that Foyle links to another case and consequently finds his suspicions aroused. "Casualties Of War", meanwhile, brings Foyles God-daughter to his doorstep, along with her son. But a disappearance, gambling and acts of sabotage also require attention.
Running to over three hours, these two episodes of Foyles War are played well, diligently put together and enjoyable to watch. Relying less on frills and more on good, traditional stories told by a talented cast, they show Foyles War to be an evergreen piece of television drama, and make this DVD release a fine investment. --Jon Foster
Two more episodes of the popular detective series starring Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle, an English police inspector who fights local crimes in an environment riddled with war propaganda and social turmoil. Features the episodes 'Bleak Midwinter' and 'Casualties of War'.