Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Killing Time 

Foyle goes head to head against the might of the US army when a local girl is found murdered and the finger of suspicion points to a black GI at the US military base.

Director:

David Richards

Writers:

Anthony Horowitz (created by), David Kane
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Sharian ... Sgt Calhoun
Obi Abili Obi Abili ... Gabe Kelly
Gary Carr ... Paul Jennings
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Nick Dunning Nick Dunning ... Harry Delmont
Joseph Long ... Fred Stuart
Adam James ... Major Wesker
Andrew Hawkins Andrew Hawkins ... Hawkins
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Max Brown ... Adam Wainwright
Charlotte Riley ... Mandy Dean
Zoe Telford ... Lucy Jones
Christopher Mellows Christopher Mellows ... Mr Duff
Nicholas Gleaves ... Larry Hains
Gillian Bevan ... Mrs Dean
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Storyline

Sam moves in with Adam Wainwright to help run his guest house though, due to his shyness, they are not a couple. One of the tenants, Mandy Dean, is having a tough time, raising a baby fathered by black G.I. Gabe Kelly. Her old boyfriend Tommy Duggan is devastated when he returns and makes the discovery. To Foyle's dismay segregation is enforced in Hastings to prevent inter-racial fights and Gabe is beaten up for dancing with Mandy in public. They plan to move to New York but she is murdered on the night a robbery takes place at Gabe's barracks. Two pleasant boarders at the guest house are not what they seem but, with Mandy's killer behind bars, Gabe has an unusual offer of help to mind his child until he can return from New York for her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Goofs

Sign: "COMESTIBLES - Delicatessen & Cafe - Tel. 01730 813400". Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) was introduced in 1958 and the 01 national code was assigned in 1995. (01730 is for Midhurst, West Sussex.) See more »

Quotes

Christopher Foyle: The men you robbed were all successful businessmen. Is that a coincidence?
Larry Hains: They made money while our lads were dying.
Christopher Foyle: Well, Delmont's factory makes parts for tanks. Where would you have been in the western desert without tanks?
Larry Hains: What would you know about that?
Christopher Foyle: Well, that much.
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Racial prejudice and murder
6 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.

"Killing Time" is something of a controversial 'Foyle's War' episode, leaning more towards the less than enthused. Can understand why, but to me it was still a decent episode and better than credit for. Albeit there are far better episodes. Credit is due for doing something different and addressing and tackling the disturbing and sensitive theme of racial prejudice, which was very much present then (even worse than now) and has much relevance now and still an important thing to talk about and address. The episode does boast some powerful moments regarding this and there was a real sense of how bad it was, so much so that Foyle's hardened attitude and how badly he takes it is understandable. It is also different for being set in the war's aftermath and having an even more serious tone.

Can understand why "Killing Time" won't click for some. Although racial prejudice is not a subtle subject by any stretch of the imagination, this is not a particularly subtle or dimensional portrayal of it. The good and evil lacks nuance and is too conveniently black and white (in writing not skin colour), a couple almost cartoonish, and parts of the first half does feel a bit too heavy-handed with the moralising. It is very well intended and there are some very powerful moments, the execution just could have been a little more consistent.

While still compelling and clever with some nice twists (though the ending is not one of the unexpected ones), a little more thought could have been put into the mystery. Not the mystery itself but it does occur for my liking too late in the episode and should have been introduced much earlier, as a consequence the investigating and solving felt rather rushed.

On the other hand, there has always been much admiration for 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 and there is enough to the mystery and what is addressed that intrigues and compels.

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. Didn't find myself missing Milner that much.

Supporting cast do very well, nobody's bad but none are among the standout performances of the series.

In summary, decent but for such a great, and often more, series that didn't feel enough. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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