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Foyle's War

Season 1 Episode 4

Eagle Day

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2002 on ITV
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After a bombing raid on Hastings, a man is found dead in the rubble - but from a stab wound to the heart. Foyle soon finds that the dead man was a lorry driver who had been moving valuable paintings to a place of safety in Wales. Then Foyle's son Andrew comes home on leave from a secret radar station. Andrew's friend from University is under observation from Special Branch as a suspected communist sympathiser. Andrew befriends a WAAF and finds out about her friend who killed herself. When he tries to find out more, his senior officers try to frame him for being a spy. Sam's clergyman father visits her to ask her to come home, and he offers the insight which solves the murder of the lorry driver. That then helps Foyle to crack the trumped-up charges against Andrew. It turns out that the radar station commander had been using the strict veil of secrecy surrounding the installation to exploit female staff sexually.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The first season draws to a close.

    10
    October 1940. Christopher Foyle is woken in his home when his son, an RAF pilot, has returned and is found rummaging in the kitchen.



    A woman who was gone for the night returns home to find her home bombed. The authorities find her husband - dead from a stab wound. The man was a truck driver and just got back from moving a valuable art collection to a hiding place for safe keeping.



    Sam's father, the vicar, has come to Hastings to ask his daughter to come home with him.



    The history lesson this week is the development of radar. Andrew is on a hush hush assignment, flying around the base, testing the radar system. This was all been done under the strictest security. There is a dark secret at this base and soon Andrew is pulled into the web on trumped up charges.



    Can DCS Foyle solve two murders and save his son at the same time?



    As usual, many different issues have a surprising conclusion by the end of the show. The episode ends with the base being attacked, the Eagle Day bombing raids that gave this finale its name.



    My husband is an avid history buff. He liked this show more than the others he's watched and that is saying a lot.moreless
Roger Allam

Roger Allam

Alastair Graeme

Guest Star

Anthony Calf

Anthony Calf

Martin Keller

Guest Star

Geoffrey Hutchings

Geoffrey Hutchings

Harold Smith

Guest Star

Anthony Howell

Anthony Howell

Paul Milner

Recurring Role

Julian Ovenden

Julian Ovenden

Andrew Foyle

Recurring Role

Honeysuckle Weeks

Honeysuckle Weeks

Sam Stewart

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • "Eagle Day" was the codename that the Germans used for the start of the Battle of Britain.

    • 'ccomley' writes -
      Andrew Foyle is shown around one of the Chain Home radar stations, and both then and later during the test flight, we are shown pictures of a radar screen. This is the "traditional" circular screen with a revolving radius lighting up "blips" as it passes them.

      Only radar screens didn't look like that in 1939. There were no rotating antennae. Chain Home used two separate fixed arrays (we did see the towers in the ep) which can only tell distance, not direction. Direction is calculated by taking readins from bothe the orthoganal arrays.

      The radar screen from each array looks more like an oscilloscope screen - a horizontal green line with peaks and troughs, the further the peak from the edge of teh screen, the further out the "return".

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Foyle: What do you think will happen if there is an invasion?
      Reid: Well, the likes of us will be lined up and shot.
      Foyle: That's comforting.

    • Keller: I was simply doing what I thought was best for the war.
      Foyle: I'm sure a great many Nazis will be saying the same thing when this war is over.

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