Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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A Lesson in Murder 

Foyle investigates the suicide of a pacifist and death threats to the judge who ruled against his conscientious objector status.


David Thacker


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Audsley ... David Beale
Madeleine Worrall ... Florence Beale
Oliver Ford Davies ... Lawrence Gascoigne
Ian Peck ... Policeman 1
Anthony Flanagan ... Policeman 2
Tony Maudsley ... Bill Ferris
Michael Simkins ... Hugh Reid
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
John Shrapnel ... Raymond Brooks
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Allan Corduner ... Carlo Lucciano
Danny Dyer ... Tony Lucciano
Gregg Prentice Gregg Prentice ... Joe Cooper
Sophia Myles ... Susan Gascoigne


June 1940: Foyle investigates the death of David Beale, who hanged himself while in police custody. He had been placed in custody for breach of the peace for causing a ruckus in the aftermath of having been refused conscientious objector status. Soon after, the judge presiding at Beale's hearing, Lawrence Gascoigne, has a brick thrown through his window with a threatening note attached. The case becomes a murder investigation when a member of Gascoigne's household is killed. Foyle must determine if this is as a result of Beale's death or another, as yet unknown, motive. Sgt. Milner's wife announces that she's going to visit her sister in Wales. Italy enters the war with tragic results for Foyle's friend, restaurateur Carlo Lucciano. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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10 November 2002 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Sophia Myles was David Tennant's girlfriend at the time and they would both work together again on "Doctor Who", which Myles appeared in the 2nd series as Madame De Pomapdour in the 4th episode of that season "The Girl in the Fireplace". See more »


The Hand Grenade that was tied with a wire to the doorknob as a booby-trap is an American Mk2 "Pineapple". While the grooved cast iron "pineapple" shape design is similar, the top part is different to the standard Mills Bomb Hand Grenade standard use by the British. The British never use American grenades in their service as it has its own Mills Bomb.

It can even argued that the American Mk2 grenade was even in the wrong time to make an appearance in Britain as the episode takes place in 1940 while the Lend Lease was in effect only in Spring 1941. American arms and munitions cannot be in Britain during that timeline. See more »


Susan Gascoigne: [When she's told that both her parents are murderers] Some family!
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A Lesson in drama brilliance.
30 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

What a truly fantastic episode this is. Foyle's War always manages to make you think about aspects of the War that perhaps you wouldn't normally give a lot of consideration to. Life for a conscientious objector must have been so tough, you can also see how the situation could have been manipulated by the wealthy in society.

You always know a show is big when it attracts big names, the likes of David Tennant, Danny Dyer, Cheryl Campbell, proves this was a show worth being in. It is a truly exceptional episode, a terrific story, intriguing crime, and some fantastic characters. I particularly enjoyed Cheryl Campbell's frosty Emily Gascgoine, but she was in amazing company, the likes of Elliot Cowan and Sophia Myles.

The fact that it's a murder mystery seems almost secondary, the detail and content is so fascinating and compelling. The mystery itself is intriguing, and the result was truly unexpected.

Wonderful, 10/10

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