Foyle's War - Series 7 2010 CC

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Michael Kitchen returns to the screen as Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, a man of scrupulous integrity who has survived the First World War, solved crime wherever it led him during the Second, and now finds himself called into duty at the risk of a possible Third. The Second World War may be over â but a new one is beginning, less explosive but no less deadly â a Cold War. Foyle finds himself drawn into complex webs of security and counter security where the loyalties of even those closest to him are brought into question as he joins, somewhat unwillingly at first, the ranks of MI5.

Starring:
Honeysuckle Weeks, Michael Kitchen
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Foyle's War - Series 7 - The Eternity Ring ages_12_and_over
  • Foyle's War - Series 7 - The Cage ages_12_and_over
  • Foyle's War - Series 7 - Sunflower ages_12_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 35 minutes
Starring Honeysuckle Weeks, Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell
Director Stuart Orme
Genres Drama
Studio Acorn Media UK
Rental release 13 May 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Eirik on 24 May 2013
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I have awaited Foyle's return on screen for quite some time, and the wait was definitely worth it. The episodes are well written, interesting and suspenseful. Foyle comes back from America and is immediately approached by MI5: Finally they want him to work for them.

The episodes are really exciting and dramatic. The war is over, and Foyle finds himself in the world of espionage, with the new threat of the Sovjet Union and its spies and schemes lurking around every corner. Foyle manages to use his forensic skills creatively in this new setting. I really like the way the series treats Foyle's balance between doing his job and his moral integrity. The dilemma between the dark and possibly immoral ways of MI5 and the notion of the "greater good" is a returning theme that the series deals with.

Michael Kitchen is as excellent as ever. There is such a great depth behind his subtle way of acting; a lot is being said behind his non-verbal demeanour. His "silent" style is what makes Foyle Foyle. Superb acting, in other words. Honeysuckle Weeks is also back; this time playing a more sombre and tired Sam, reflecting the hardship of the times, without omitting the occasional hilarious moments when she really brings joy and laughter to the episodes. Foyle's war is of course unthinkable without her.

I encountered some disappointments. First of all, I was a little unsatisfied that we did not get to see Foyle's hunt for senator Howard Paige in America, since I have looked forward to this ever since the episode where he got away (50 ships I belive it was), and since the last thing Foyle did in the last series was to go to America. I hope we might get to know more of this later, if they continue the series.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Big Ben TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun 2013
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Good to see the Foyle team back in action with a new (post WW2) backdrop.
This is indeed labelled Series Seven, but this is a different series Seven to that listed on Wikipedia - it has the same episodes as listed by Wikipedia as belonging to Series Eight.
The episodes are:- "The Eternity Ring", "The Cage" and "Sunflower"

The way that Foyle returns from the USA and finds himself embroiled in an MI5 scenario that involves his former driver is very well scripted and worked well for us - this first script is by original 'Foyle' creator Anthony Horowitz, as is the last, but we found no fault with "The Cage" which is by David Kane - who also wrote the excellent episode "Killing Time" in a previous series.

Given that Horowitz has declared his intention to relinquish the series eventually, this is good news. Be wonderful if he were to decide to carry on, but failing that, a replacement who is skilled in the art is most welcome.
(whilst researching this we noticed that another previous series featured the episode "Broken Souls" by Michael Chaplin which we had enjoyed without noticing the writing credit or any change in quality at the time)
Good news indeed.
As with any good 'Foyle' episodes these revolve around the honesty of Foyle himself and his ability to see beyond the obvous. Portrayed immaculately as ever by the talented Michael Kitchen, with Honeysuckle Weeks as bright and smart as ever, in a very new context that is (if anything) -more- intriguing than the original series.
Strongly recommended to fans of Foyle.
Those who have yet to try the series are recommended to start at the very beginning, you have much to look forward to!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BREM on 31 July 2013
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Another great series which was totally different from the past six. The new 'after war role' he played was very interesting and I do hope there is another series soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hamish Adam on 26 July 2014
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I reviewed the first 'Foyle' series and subsequently saw no reason to review the continually excellent ensuing seasons. But season seven raises the bar and is worthy of another mention.

These are darker times. More shadows, less moral certainty as to who the good guys really are - and all set against a political background of a nation on the verge of re-inventing itself with a radical Labour government who would create a national health service, build public housing and provide a substantial welfare net.

Alongside this political dilemma is the altogether more interesting dilemma which Christopher Foyle's involvement with the security services poses. Is he, as they constantly say, 'not one of us and unable to fully understand how we work', or is it in fact the traditions of the security services themselves that are not up to a task that would actually be better left to the kind of regular policing techniques that Foyle brings to their work.

Michael Kitchen, as ever, does an utterly super, and super subtle, job of letting us, and them, know that it is they, and not he, who are out of their depth in the fight against the new Cold War enemy.

It's a pity that Milner has gone but he really has less of a place in Foyle's new job although the exquisite Honeysuckle Weeks continues to delight as Foyle's driver and aide. She is now less of an exuberant fifth former and now a serious-minded political wife who neatly reflects the dilemmas of the time.

I was born after the period that season seven covers and, aside from the splendid drama, I find it an incredibly helpful recreation of the time when the Britain that we live in today was shaped. I did an 'O' Level in 20th century British history. How much easier it would have been had I had been able to watch brilliant telly evocations of those times like 'The Hour', 'Endeavour', 'Bletchley Circle' and, of course, all the Foyle's series.
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