Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Sunflower 

Foyle is drawn into the bizarre murder of an ex-Nazi defector and leading expert on Soviet intelligence who had been working for MI5.

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Andy Hay

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Lars Eidinger ... Karl Strasser
Jodie Hay Jodie Hay ... Student
Charles Aitken ... Thomas Nelson
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Alec Meyerson
Daniel Weyman ... Adam Wainwright
Mary Sheen Mary Sheen ... Mrs. Jones
Jeremy Swift ... Glenvil Harris
Andrew Tiernan ... Geoffrey Helliwell
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Sam Wainwright
Jimmy MacDermott Jimmy MacDermott ... Dr. Phillips (as Jimmy Macdermott)
Tamzin Outhwaite ... Brenda Stevens
David Hounslow ... Parry-Jones
Richard Dillane ... Charles Roper
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Arthur Valentine
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Storyline

Foyle is asked to protect Karl Strasser, a former Nazi officer masquerading as a Dutch citizen and now working with MI5 to catch Russian spies. Strasser believes he is being followed and that he is in danger. American colonel Jackson wants Strasser in connection with a war-time atrocity known as Operation Sunflower in which the German's patrol shot unarmed allied servicemen. The sole survivor, Tommy Nelson, recognizes Strasser and follows him but when Strasser is killed by a car bomb Foyle finds no shortage of other suspects, including the landlady and fellow tenants at his lodgings, who knew who he was as well as Tommy and the Americans. Meanwhile Adam gets involved with a farmer battling the government to return his land and accusing a cabinet minister of conspiracy. His use of Sam to look into the matter leads him to learn a bitter political lesson but at least she has good news for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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UK | Ireland | USA

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English | German | Polish

Release Date:

29 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The character of Kurt Strasser is likely inspired by Kurt Meyer, the real commander of the 12th SS Panzergruppe Hitlerjungend. After the war he was found guilty of war crimes for the massacre of 20 Canadian soldiers in the garden of the Ardenne Abbey (near Caen) on June 7 and 8, 1944, during the Battle of Normandy. His sentence was commuted and he was released in 1954. See more »

Goofs

The U.S. Flag flying outside the Embassy has the wrong configuration of stars. In 1946 the 48 stars were in a block formation (even rows) The flag shown had staggered rows. See more »

Quotes

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Karl Strasser: Rembrandt died on the fourth of October 1669. And in his last self-portraits I think you see a sense of calm and of resignation. He had known so much turmoil and personal unhappiness that at the end he found an acceptance. It was perhaps a triumph of art over life. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We will be visiting Kenwood halls on Tuesday. There are still places left, so please, let me know if you wish to come.
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Intense viewing.
9 October 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Foyle is instructed to look after Karl Strasser, a Nazi defector and former member of the SS, now living as a Danish citizen under the house of Mrs Stevens. Strasser is key to British intelligence, but also wanted for war crimes by the US.

Foyle's War by this stage has definitely morphed into something different, I'm sure when the show was devised it's popularity was somewhat underestimated, this MI5 direction could have gone either way, personally I think it was a rousing success, with Sunflower easily one of the best latter episodes.

A brilliant story, the conflict between those seeking justice and wanting the Nazi's put on trial, and those that wanted to take advantage of the intelligence of those individuals who were quickly transported out of Germany. You can fully believe in the animosity felt towards Karl. There are enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing all the way through.

The acting is fabulous, Lars Eidinger was superb as Karl Strasser, giving a commanding and believable performance. He makes you dislike Lars instantly. Once again Ellie Haddington is brilliant as Hilda Pearce, her character has been a superb addition to the show.


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