Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The White Feather 

The arrest of a young girl on a sabotage charge brings Foyle into contact with a group of English Nazi sympathizers.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Ellis ... Edith Johnstone
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Charles Dance ... Guy Spencer
Colin Tierney ... Alan Fleming
Andres Williams ... Isaac Woolton
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Michael Simkins ... Hugh Reid
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Ellis
Paul Brooke ... Arthur Ellis
Rebekah Manning ... Dorothy
Patrick Godfrey ... Ernest Bannerman
Amanda Walker ... Lady Bannerman
Rebecca Charles Rebecca Charles ... Rosemary Harwood
Bernard Kay ... Robert Woolton


It's May 1940 and the war news is grim. The Germans are rolling across Europe and invasion fears are affecting everyone. Sgt. Paul Milner, who has been invalided out of the army, settles into his new job at the station. His wife is having difficulty accepting his disability, however. Foyle investigates the activities of Edith Johnson, a maid at the White Feather hotel, who was caught cutting telephone wires. When the owner of the White Feather, Margaret Ellis, is shot Foyle finds himself investigating a murder. The actual target was likely Guy Spencer, the leader of a fascist pro-Nazi movement known as the Friday Club. The case takes a particular twist when Foyle learns that Spenser may be in possession of a letter stolen from the Foreign Office and that Military Intelligence is actively monitoring Spencer and his group. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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3 November 2002 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


There was a club in the 1930s called 'The Right Club' led by a Tory peer Archibald Ramsay, which the fascist club featured here is clearly a fictional version. See more »


One of the members of the Friday Club at the hotel is introduced as "the Right Honourable John Mowbray, son of Lord Mowbray". As the son of a Lord he is Honourable, but only Lords themselves, members of the Privy Council and a few others are Right Honourable. See more »


Guy Spencer: May I ask a question, Mr. Foyle? Are you by any chance Jewish?
[Foyle stares at him without expession and then leaves]
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[From Scenes of Childhood]
Written by Robert Schumann
Played at the first social gathering of the guests at the hotel. Rather appropriately, given their sympathies, it is a German tune.]
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Free Speech, but at What Cost
9 April 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This second episode presents the sickness underlying movements to make the British acquiesce to the wishes of the German invaders during World War II. Free speech is certainly precious, but when the underlying reason for it is anti-semitism and rolling over for a despot, one can easily see why someone like Foyle had a significant job to do.. The people who are holding meetings and welcoming such horrors are the lowest of the low. There is a wonderful sophistication to this show. Foyle is a man of great empathy who is able to look with great compassion at people who would be disenfranchised otherwise. The show avoids the simplistic. One of the major characters is a man who has lost his legs in Norway. There is a subplot where his wife seems to blame him for his infirmities. She is an ugly, spoiled woman, treating him like he is a little child, demeaning his work with Foyle. Another focus is a man who owns a fishing boat who, along with his son (a tragic figure), cross the sea to rescue British soldiers who have been maimed or abandoned in battle.

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