Friday, April 30, 2010

Foyle's War Returns This Sunday on PBS

Foyle's War Series 6
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This Sunday, May 2nd, the first of three new episodes comprising the sixth series of Foyle's War airs on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! (Check your local listings for exact times.)

Cancelled by ITV in 2007, the series was brought to a close in 2008 with the final episode ("All Clear") taking place on VE Day. But high ratings for the final series and fan complaints over the cancellation caused the network to reconsider its decision, the result being the commissioning of three new episodes that take place during the summer of 1945.

In this Sunday's episode, "The Russian House", the war is over in Europe, the dawn of a new era at hand, and much has changed — for Samantha "Sam" Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) and Paul Milner (Anthony Howell) at least. Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle's (Michael Kitchen) retirement ambitions have hit another snag, and he's still bound to his old job and a new case. A Russian POW is on the run, an eminent resident is dead, and Milner, as the new Detective Inspector in the Brighton police force and eager to be out of Foyle's shadow, is on the case. Milner has his eye on an obvious suspect in the murder, but Foyle is taking a more circumspect view of the case. Why is the War Office so intent on tracking down one particular Russian POW anyway? The answer will put Foyle in grave danger like never before, and shed a searing light on secrets of the British government.

Foyle's War is, without question (at least in our minds), one of the finest examples of television series crime drama ever produced. Those who have seen previous episodes will be thrilled to discover that the quality of writing and production are as high as ever in these new episodes, and will welcome Michael Kitchen as DCI Christopher Foyle back into their homes; newcomers will be scrambling to see how it all began. (MBN note: Acorn Media provided us with a complimentary set of the sixth series DVDs to preview.) DVD sets of the previous series are available on our website Mysteries on TV: Foyle's War, as individual sets and as the complete set, Foyle's War: From Dunkirk to VE-Day. The sixth series will be available on DVD on June 1st, and may be pre-ordered.

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