'Foyle’s War', the absorbing detective drama starring Michael Kitchen as a Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) battling crime, the Axis and the odd English traitor on the home front during World War II. And there’s always an absorbing whodunit (or mad bomber or rogue pilot or warped priest) and a psychological twist to keep things interesting. But the best thing about the show isn’t always Foyle or the great plots or his one-legged sidekick Sgt. Milner - it’s his female driver Samantha Stewart. She’s tough without being stony. Righteous without being preachy. Girly without being frilly. You know, pretty perfect to watch.
Honeysuckle Weeks was the actress who played Sam and she gave her thoughts on some aspects of the series.
My favorite episode is probably 'Among the Few,' which is largely to do with doctors in a hospital that specializes in treating burns victims. It sounds grim, but in fact it’s an incredibly uplifting episode because of the moving relationships that are built up between doctor or nurse and patient, and the bravery of the men who struggle on through life even though their bodies and faces are destroyed. It’s about the heartache of the sweethearts who have to come to terms with the disfigurement of their pilots, and the carousing spirit of the staff who try to improve the lot of their heroic wards. In short, it’s an episode that I think champions all that is best in the human spirit. Oh... and of course, there’s a gripping murder case with lots of explosions and spitfire aerodynamics on the side. It’s also exquisitely shot. Source here.
The first episode of 'Foyle's War' was aired in 2002. The series was canceled after the fifth season (2008), but was revived in 2010 to run for another three years. A total of 28 episodes were created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz.
Will there ever by another unexpected revival of 'Foyle's War'? Anthony Horowitz said “It had to come to an end sometime. We went from 1940 all the way through to 1947 – and I told countless true stories about the war. I felt that there were no more true stories to tell about that period, I’d sort of covered pretty much every area”.
He's wrong of course, because 1947 was essentially the start of the Cold War and that tense period could produce some very interesting scripts. It also ties in perfectly with Anthony Horowitz' exploits with James Bond. He has recently been commissioned to write a second novel about the British spy who was the epithome of the Cold War. The first, 'Trigger Moris' was very well received, even among the really serious reviewers.
Since Michael Kitchen will turn 69 in 2017, he will probably not be particularly interested to participate. That said, we could contemplate a structure like 'Morse' changing into 'Lewis' and 'Lewis' hanging into 'Endeavour'.
So, 'Foyle's War' could become 'Stewart's Peace' with Honeysuckle Weeks in the starring role. She confessed to me that the prospect was 'most cockle warming'.