Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Broken Souls 

Foyles hones in on two murders: an unpopular psychiatrist in a trauma facility and a low security German POW on work release to a local farm.


Simon Langton


Anthony Horowitz (created by), Michael Chaplin



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Mawle ... Fred Dawson
Jonathan Forbes ... Johann
Louis Nummy Louis Nummy ... Daniel Dawson
Natasha Little ... Rose Dawson
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Nicholas Woodeson ... Josef Novak
Danny Worters Danny Worters ... Tommy Crooks
Jay Simpson ... Sgt Brooke
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ... Iain Campbell
Alexander Gilmour Alexander Gilmour ... Peter Phelps
Sally Leonard Sally Leonard ... Joy Phelps
Phyllida Law ... Lady Muriel Sackville
Graham Crowden ... Sir John Sackville


Foyle has a number of apparently unrelated investigations under way. The most serious is the murder of Dr. Julian Worth who worked at a nearby hospital for mentally disturbed soldiers and airmen. He is found in his office stabbed in the chest with a letter opener. Worth was much disliked by his colleagues and was about to leave for a new job. The police also search for a 15-year old boy who has run away from his London home and may have returned to the area to where he was evacuated. Finally, they investigate the murder of a German POW who spent his days working on a local farm but who was no longer welcome when the owner returns after spending five years as a German prisoner of war. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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English | German

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20 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The song that the German prisoners of war are singing while they march down the street is the Horst-Wessel-Lied (or "Horst Wessel Song"), the anthem of the Nazi Party. See more »


When Novac - the psychiatrist is lying in the bath, and Foyle and Milner break in to his house, it shows the bath water overflowing, however when Milner enters the bathroom, and looks at Novak, the water is about a foot below the edge of the bath. See more »


Josef Novak: [to Foyle] Chess is splendid, don't you think? Along with the cinema, it keeps me sane.
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References Going My Way (1944) See more »


Horst Wessel Song
Lyrics Horst Wessel (1929)
Music Peter Cornelius (1865)
Sung by marching German POWs
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An episode with lots of heart-breaking soul
5 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Loved 'Foyle's War' and was immediately hooked when first getting into it. Love it even more now, on re-watches things that didn't quite make sense at first are clearer and things that were not noticed or appreciated before are and much admired. Everything that came over as brilliant on first viewings still are brilliant on re-watches.

"Broken Souls" for me is one of the best 'Foyle's War' episodes, the best since the first half of Season 4 with "Bad Blood" (while still good there was a slight quality slump for that season's second half from personal view) and one of the most emotional. It has a lot of soul, and in a way that's heart-breakingly poignant. Like with many 'Foyle's War' episodes, on re-watch there was much more appreciation had for how well established the character development, tone and themes are and things that didn't quite connect entirely at first made more sense on re-watches.

Have always admired the visual detail that went into 'Foyle's War' and how high quality the production values are, with beautiful costumes, the evocative way the characters are made up, the look of the houses and cars, pretty locations and authentic-looking scenery. The music is in keeping with the mood and doesn't overpower the drama while still making an impact.

Writing is intelligent, sophisticated and thought-provoking, establishing Foyle's personality with so much depth already and providing some tense and heart-tugging moments. The story is complicated, with a lot of strands that requires full attention, but clever and from start to finish intriguing. It paces itself deliberately but with so much going on it's never once dull and the twists and turns that slowly unfold keep coming. All the conflicts, social/ethical themes and how the period is portrayed are handled beautifully and tastefully and there is a real sense that war itself is a central character and has terrible implications.

One thing that wasn't picked up by me but now is and admired hugely is the tackling of what was seen as truths but some really misconceptions and seeing British during the war in a new light. This was a bold move and dealt with a lot of honesty and tact. The background information is so well researched and is every bit as interesting as the mystery itself. The character tensions were also handled very well and added a lot of intrigue.

Michael Kitchen is truly superb as Foyle, subtle, intensely determined, commanding and above all human. One of the most interesting television detectives there's ever been and Kitchen has rarely been better. Honeysuckle Weeks is charming and loyal, with some nice touches of subtle humour as ever, and Anthony Howell is wonderful.

The supporting cast are wonderful too across the board. Often with 'Foyle's War' it has been easy to pick out standouts, with no disrespect intended for any casts that for a vast majority of episodes are uniformly strong, not so here.

In summary, an intelligent, exceptional episode with a strong emotional core. Can't recommend it highly enough. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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