Outstanding series. Highly recommend watching them in sequential order.
"The German woman" is terrific but in a sort of depressing way. Everyone seems to be in character, no one outshining their more highly praised cast members. WWII England, 1940, the British are plenty mad at the Germans and don't want to see anyone of them in their villages and towns. Internment camps are set up. But someone is murdering people and Foyle's job is to find the murderer. The higher your position in life the more is expected of you. Murder respects no one.
The genius of this series is setting its crime solving in WW2 England with a superb period recreation that is almost immersive. The acting is perfect and never breaks the spell. Even when the plot slows down a bit, it remains involving. This first episode bodes very well for the whole series and for many hours of viewing pleasure.
1st episode of a great series that runs to at least 7 seasons ! - In each episode the story covers a local crime as well as an aspect of real life in WW2 southern England. Whether investigating sabotage, looting, stolen food or fuel supplies, treason, or murder, Foyle and his colleagues must wage their own personal war amidst the tumult of a larger one. It's May 1940 and Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle feels his skills would be better used aiding the war effort than investigating domestic crime in Sussex. His boss, Assistant Commissioner Summers disagrees and sends him back to Hastings. This story also covers the hypocrisy and common attitudes to German people living in England. In the meantime Foyle's son signs on as an RAF pilot. - - This DVD has SDH
Thus begins the six-season (really seven seasons) of the popular PBS Mystery! series (originally broadcast in UK in 2002)...it takes a few episodes to warm-up to the characters, but once you get to know them, you get hooked. The characterizations are strong and eventually you appreciate Foyle's quirks...you know when he doesn't believe someone...the right eye brow goes up, and he pinches his lip. The mysteries are indeed mysteries, the solutions are not obtuse, and there is a high probability of espionage involved . The series ends with the end of the war...sort of. It was so popular and it came back as a Season 7 (UK 2010), and we learn the fate of everyone after the war. The library already has Season 7. Enjoy!
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