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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2013
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.

It might have been preferable to have the same actor to play Sam's husband, but this is a minor detail of course. This option was probably not available for the creators at the time, for some reason. That is very understandable and constitutes one of the difficulties of making a prolonged series.

There is also a literal change of colour in the series, especially in the first episode, "The Eternity Ring". A tone of grey dominates the canvas, conveying the dismal and gloomy feeling of post-war Britain, with bombed out buildings and food rationing. This grey appearance loses some of the feel of the earlier Foyle episodes, but does also add to the drama, the difficulties of the time and the moral "grey zone" of the world of espionage and Foyle's new employer, MI5.

I am sorry about the small nit-picks. Maybe I am being somewhat harsh in giving it four out of five stars, because it is a very good comeback for Foyle with dazzling acting performances and interesting plots. I highly recommend it.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 June 2013
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
After the ill-considered decision by the powers that be at ITV to 'drop' one of their finest ever drama series, it was a delight when the return of Foyle was announced.

Foyle's attributes and the world of espionage are not always natural bedfellows, so part of the interest in the new series has been to watch how Foyle manages to maintain his personal integrity whilst negotiating past the many obstacles that he finds in his way, some of which are deliberately introduced by those who are supposedly on the same 'side' as his new found employment.

I'm pleased that Honeysuckle Weeks is able to accompany Foyle - she is now married to a career politician, which is an interesting plot device albeit a pity for continuity's sake that it is a different actor playing her spouse.

Their relationship still works well; some of the plot lines felt a lttle threadbare at times, especially where it hinged around a lack of discretion, which helped the story but wasn't necessarily believeable - I won't cite examples as I dislike 'spoilers'. But overall this was a well plotted and ingenious return for a favourite character and I look forward to seeing much more.

My one real grumble is one the visual side which detracted from the pleasure of viewing. There is an all too obvious ' managing' of the colour balance on-screen. We all know that reducing and biasing the colour density is used as a device to portray a particular mood or, in this case, a bygone era but the extent to which it is done here is dreadfully unsubtle and it has been overdone to the point of being an unwelcome and unrealistic distraction. A great pity and I hope that further series will be more subtle with this overworked 'device'.

The series was relatively short and I hope further, longer series are planned - a welcome return to Sunday evening viewing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
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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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
A really fantastic series which i can highly recommend. However i write this review for the hard of hearing. THERE ARE NO SUBTITLES which really ruins it for people like me who are pretty deaf. Bottom line is that if you do have hearing problems, then do not buy the dvd. Sad, because we deafies are really missing out on a superb product!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2013
I wish Foyle's War would go on forever. In today's dross on TV a veritable masterpiece. Excellent writers, great cast and please do another series or two, or three, or four. We need this sort of class, especially home-grown. The Americans are very good but when we do something good it proves we are the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2013
I do like Foyle's War: the story lines are very plausible and the actors playing the characters well chosen. I like the way Michael Kitchen's facial expressions can convey such a lot. And he's not afraid of ruffling feathers to get to the truth. Looking forward to Series 8 being released on DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2013
Michael Kitchen... is a treasure. Like others who portray main characters in our favorite British detective drama series (John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, David Jason, John Nettles and others...), he is perfectly cast in the starring role of Christopher Foyle. In this, an extension of the Original Foyle's War series, he is somewhat ambivalent yet skillfully proficient in his newly cast role as a member of the British intelligence agency MI5 in post-war Great Britain.

The superb story telling of Anthony Horowitz (and David Kane), the overall detailed Production skills of Jill Green and her team, along with the character portrayal by Kitchen and each of the supporting actors make a lasting impression on the viewers psyche. It is easy to be swept up into that time of mystery and intrigue ... and comforting to have Mr. Foyle along as your guide and protector. Foyle is simply "the best."

Through whatever means possible (e-mail, letter, forum, prayer...), please implore the principals involved to continue the story. We want..., we need ..., more Foyle! An outstanding Series - Enjoyable viewing, Highly Recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2013
I have been a fan of Kitchen's quiet and thoughtful portrayal of Foyle through the war years. He is a fine actor with a rare capacity to deliver much with the minimum of spoken words.
I was sceptical about the merit of extending his activity into the post-war era. I need not have been concerned.
All the ingredients came together - intelligent plotline, fine re-creation of the period and a Britain suffering through austerity, portrayal of main characters consistent with what we know of them from the decade previous, but actually older and 'evolved' (notwithstanding some very human errors of judgement).
The unifying force is that of the restrained intellectual power of Foyle being applied to cleaning up other people's messes, as reluctantly as ever. It is great to see how themes and characters which were somewhat marginal in the wartime period have emerged in new and believable forms, at centre stage.
Now I want more of Cold War Foyle and those in his orbit. It is an era with great scope for intriguing plotlines and new challenges for the characters. With the capabilities of this show's writers and actors, it would not be a stretch.
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