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Pure quality and brilliance
on 14 August 2010
In an age where television shows have reached a new low in unwatchable, 'Foyle's War' is one of two fabulous detective series ('New Tricks' is the other) to come out of Britain in recent years. I've been a 'Foyle's War' fan since the first season aired back in 2003, I think it was, and have awaited each new season gluttonously. Set in WWII Britain, the series isn't about the war itself but about a detective solving crime in wartime, and deals with moral ethics as much as crime itself. There's an utter realism and feel about the complete series and the entire cast is outstanding.
What can one say about Michael Kitchen and the exquisitely understated way he plays Detective Christopher Foyle? I was trying for a way to put it, then I read what one reviewer said: 'I'm constantly amazed by Michael Kitchen's ability to be intense and agonised but still seem laid back to the point of being almost comatose at times.' Well, I wouldn't quite call Kitchen's quiet integrity of his portrayal of Foyle comatose, but I know what the viewer meant. Kitchen is a rivetingly subtle performer, and as the seasons moved on it was a joy to watch the development of Foyle's character in his hands.
In season seven (aired 2010), the war is over. Fans of the show who've come to expect to see Foyle and his two sidekicks (played sublimely by Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell) pulling together, might be disappointed to find the team is no longer a team. While there's a lot to miss in the trio being broken up, the characters moving on seemed natural. I dislike the sense of people standing still while time moves on, so I felt the development worked. My only regret about the series is that there were only three or four episodes per season. Made one feel almost cheated. You won't find better television drama anywhere.