Foyle's War, Set 8
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The acclaimed detective series returns with more mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, Out of Africa) now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks, My Brother Tom).
Also starring Daniel Weyman (Great Expectations), Ellie Haddington (Life Begins), Tim McMullan (The Woman in Black), Jeremy Swift (Oliver Twist), and Rupert Vansittart (Holy Flying Circus), with two-time Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee John Mahoney (Frasier) as a guest star.
High Castle-A translator for the Nuremberg trials is killed, leading Foyle into the world of international oil politics and corrupt Nazi businessmen.
Trespass-The son of a prominent Jewish man is assaulted as a right-wing manifesto inflames anti-Semitic tensions.
Elise-After an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce, Foyle examines her SOE activities during the war and rumors of a traitor.
Two hours of bonus features!
Featurette about the truth behind the fiction for each episode (50 min.), a day in the life of Foyle's War (25 min.), an interview with John Mahoney (20 min.), back in time with Foyle's War (26 min.), and a photo gallery
- Aspect Ratio : 1.77:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 2377
- Director : Stuart Orme, Andy Hay
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 4 hours and 36 minutes
- Release date : April 14, 2015
- Actors : Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Acorn Media
- ASIN : B00QG6IESM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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We agree with reviewers who say that as the series has gone on, the stories have gotten better and better. In fact, we feel that the episodes immediately after the war ended are really the best of the lot in content and in things we never knew or had a true feeling for. Nevertheless, the three episodes of Set 8 are grim ones indeed. That isn't to say that we didn't find them engrossing and educational. Quite to the contrary, these are among the best ever done by Anthony Horowitz and that is saying a lot. Just don't expect a light-hearted, comedic story with snappy dialogue and ironic twists in the plots followed by a happy ending. .
These three episodes are ultra-realistic, sad tales that have tragedy following tragedy with the overriding theme of desperation in ration-book Britain. Perhaps the best and grimmest of the three, "Elise," will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. Without giving away the ending, it concludes with a big explosion killing off key characters. Frankly, we were very sorry to see them go. Sam's pregnancy and consequent resignation doesn't relieve the somber feel of the show or give one hope for the future. If this is indeed the final episode of "Foyle's War," we could understand it. But that doesn't stop us wanting more. The incomparable Michael Kitchen, after finding the role of a lifetime, as lead actor and co-producer, can't really go fishing every single day, can he? No, come back Michael, and teach us more about what happened after World War II. As Churchill used to say, knowledge of the past will give us hope for the future. And we need this kind of sober, thought-provoking entertainment in our zany world.
Summing up, this production is highly recommended but for adults only. Expect to be educated and entertained, but don't hold out for a light-hearted, happy ending. Let's hope there's more to come and the final ending is a happy one.
Set 8 is the darkest of them all, but the Cold War and its ancillary world events were darker and morally more problematic than anything faced during WWII, however much Anthony Horowitz always kept a sharp focus on those moral issues against the background of a world at war in which the lines between Good and Evil were clearer. In Set 8 there are no clear lines. Only Foyle's moral compass seems to be functioning at a time when moral compromise in the name of Political Good is the rule.
Some may be uncomfortable or distracted by this sense of moral ambiguity. But that's how it was. Horowitz is accurately describing the times in creating the milieu for his cast of characters.
Make sure to watch the interviews with Horowitz accompanying each episode. He articulately sets the context for his dramas.
In episode I, Foyle, returning home from America, is recruited by the singular Miss Pierce [ looking like a latter day Lotte Lenya in her role as Rosa Kelbb] to work for MI5 and expose a Soviet Spy ring in London among physicists, who are horrified by the moral implications of their own invention: the nuclear bomb.
Episode II deals with Foyle's discovery of a facility where Soviet codes are intercepted but which is in fact used in a much more sinister capacity. This time the lines are drawn between Soviet sympathizers, the upholders of Britain's ruling class, and fine people like Foyle who truly believe in the democratic process of justice.
The last episode, in which MI5 is discovered protecting a high ranking SS officer useful in exposing Soviet methods of espionage, carries the most weight in its moral and ethical implications, prompting Foyle to ask the question, 'How do our methods and intentions differ from those of the Nazis?'
Sam, now all grown up and married, joins Foyle in his investigations, bringing her own sunny charm to a very dark period in history.
The sets are bleak, the mood depressive, the people poor and many are uncertain that they are still on the side of right despite their disgust of Stalin's methods. Very Interesting and still cheaper than the price of a movie ticket.
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Having said that I watched series 7 and 8 on two consecutive nights (I don't watch TV having given up my TV licence and having a large number of DVDs and VCR tapes to catch up on) and enjoyed it immensely. The quality of the acting was excellent, the locations and stories of rationing, I still can remember rationing, brought the stories to life.
I cannot praise the series, other than my earlier comments, enough.
One note of caution though, it was ended after series 8 which was opportune unlike other TV series that continued with different leads until only one or two of the original actors survived. I would not like to see FOYLES' WAR continuing in this fashion.
Like the whole Foyle's series, the storylines were gripping and the characters engaging and familiar.
I'm not going to write any spoilers here - just to say that, if you love Foyle's War and have the other 7 series, then add this one to your collection.
It looks like this will definitely be the last one - so enjoy it......... But you never know eh!
Overall this last series is not marred by small slips to the same extent as are the previous series, although in Elise we see a letter addressed to "Ms Pierce" (in those years only the titles Miss or Mrs existed for ladies). But leaving such trivia aside, this DVD is well worth the money. The acting is top-class; and Ellie Haddington is outstanding in her characterization of Hilda Pierce, who was based on a real individual, Vera Atkins (1908-2000), who always regarded her female SOE operatives as "her girls" and saw them off personally on their missions.
In summary, this DVD is riveting entertainment, historically accurate, enlightening, and value for money. The documentary extra features on the disc alone would have been worth the money paid, even without the episodes themselves.
considering all that takes place in these episodes. Anthony Horowitz says that he wanted the series to go out on a "high" and I believe it has. Even though it has been three years since Series 7, it is still only 1948-49, but everyone looks older and Honeysuckle Weeks has lost the fresh face looks of her youth.
Married now, and with a baby on the way, she certainly has a matronly appearance, helped in no small part by the depressed post war clothing styles and those dreadful hats! As usual, the production is absolutely spot-on and the quality of this piece is in keeping with all the others. So, with a tear in my eye,
I bid farewell to the best war time period drama ever to come out of the UK. Get this final chapter for your collection.