Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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The Funk Hole 

Foyle's investigation of the death of a young black marketeer and stolen food is interrupted by his suspension on charges of sedition.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lee Potts ... Dan Parker
Jonathan Moore Jonathan Moore ... Leonard Holmes
Tom Bennett ... Matthew Farley
Bill Moody Bill Moody ... Home Guard
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Colin Fowler
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ... Deidre Simms
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Annabelle Apsion ... Kate Farley
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Blake Hardiman
Jonathan Tafler ... Max Joseph
Phoebe Nicholls ... Amanda Reece
Caroline Harker ... Jane Hardiman
Thom Fell ... Mark Wilson


October 1940: Someone's stealing supplies to sell on the black market. Foyle is accused of spreading alarm in a London bomb shelter and so he ends up at home with his despondent injured son. The 'funk hole' houses elites willing to pay to live in a safe place in the country. Written by Anonymous

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7 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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Adrian Lukis (Mr. Hardiman) and Joanna David (Mrs. Powell) at the "funk hole" in Ep. 2.4 appeared together in Pride and Prejudice (1995) as George Wickham and Elizabeth Bennett's Aunt Gardiner, respectively. See more »


When Mrs Powell answers the phone as is asked who is calling she says, "They didn't say". The use of "they" as a gender-vague singular pronoun is a very recent change to the language. Back then she would have said "He didn't say" or "She didn't say" as appropriate. See more »


DCS Foyle: [Taking Collier's investigation notes that Milner has improperly given to him] You know, there are, uh, going to be two of us suspended at this rate.
Sgt. Paul Milner: I'll be happy to join you, sir.
DCS Foyle: [Softly] Thanks.
Sgt. Paul Milner: I'll let myself out.
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References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) See more »

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The Funk Hole
4 October 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Foyle has been put on suspension for sedition. Allegedly he said the wrong sort of things on a visit to London. To make matters worse his son, Andrew has been injured on a flying mission.

Chief Inspector James Collier has been sent up from London to take his place. He and Milner investigate the death of a young man stealing food to sell on the black market. They want to find his associates.

Their investigation leads them to a country mansion, where some rich people pay to live in the country. Away from the bombings in London.

Soon one of the new resident turns up dead. It looks like suicide by cyanide poisoning.

There are a lot of things happening in this episode. Andrew Foyle suffering trauma over his injuries and finding affection with Samantha who herself has been sent back to her army unit and hating it. Collier does not need a driver and was upset by one of her remarks.

Milner himself has to get used to a new superior officer and show loyalty to Foyle.

Writer Anthony Horowitz goes through lots of issues relating to the blitz. The constant bombing of London. Dogs that were put down as they were abandoned or their families looking after them died and there was no food for them. Rich people being able to escape to the country. More importantly people ended up being dead due to administrative oversight or plain simple mistakes.

The resolution of the mystery is actually a bit left field, a bolt out of the blue but it works well and rather refreshingly different.

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