Foyle's War

Season 1 Episode 2

The White Feather

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2002 on ITV
9.1
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It is May, 1940, and a German invasion is feared any day. Foyle investigates a girl's act of sabotage and the suspicious death of Margaret Ellis. The girl in trouble (sabotage is a hanging offence) works for the White Feather hotel, where the Friday Club - a pro-Hitler and violently anti-semitic group led by Guy Spencer - meets every Friday. Foyle is deeply shocked to find that Milner, his trusted police sergeant, is a member of the Friday Club.moreless

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  • Whose war?

    9.3
    Shots ring out during a meeting of an organization opposing Britain's participation in the war, and a woman lies dead. Foyle, already investigating a girl accused of sabotage, now must tackle a murder case, even as rumors suggest the invading German army will be in England within a week.



    Charles Dance guests this week as the charismatic and rabble-rousing Guy Spencer. With his anti-Semetic, pro-Nazi diatribes, it's easy to see that he may have been the intended victim of the shooting, but Foyle sees through that and uncovers a case of domestic strife, fear of the war and temptation too strong to resist.



    Not only does this episode show the sacrifice of the British in engineering the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940, but it also shows how complicated the issues of war and resistance can be. On the one hand, you have Spencer and his vitriolic cohorts, who delightfully sing songs about following the Nazis' lead in driving out the Jews. On the other hand, you have Sgt. Milner, crippled by his war service and essentially abandoned. What has the fighting brought him? He is without a leg, his wife cannot stand to look at him - while he does not share the anti-Semetism, it is understandable why he would want to take a look at the war and wonder, "who was I fighting for, and was it worth it?" It also leads to some great scenes between Milner and Foyle, who is steadfast as ever.



    One of the things I love about Foyle is how he never backs down in the face of pressures. When the military intelligence officer dismisses the murdered woman as "irrelevant and annoying," Foyle tosses back "According to you." For him, a murder isn't less important just because it happens at a time of national crisis. It is his job to find the killer, not to brush the case under the rug to cooperate with a military operation. Michael Kitchen is terrific as always through this show. Watch him in two scenes, both of them without dialogue. First is his silent response to Spencer's question, "Are you Jewish?" and the second is his smile as Spencer is led away by police at the end of the episode; it's clear why Kitchen is such an acclaimed actor and one of TV's best detectives.moreless
  • While trying to keep a young woman from being hanged for treason, Foyle must both solve a murder and uncover a traitorous plot. Millner, sporting his new aluminum leg, has to deal with marital problems and his feelings about being a casualty of the war.moreless

    9.1
    The episode begins just prior to the Dunkirk evacuation. The story depicts the very real tensions and fears the Brits must have felt at that time, knowing that France and Belgium had fallen and that Hitler's troops were just a short 30 miles away across the Channel. The story largely centres around the Friday Club, a group of rather well to do individuals who share some highly intolerant and antisemitic sentiments. At points in the story the members of this club are referred to as Nazi supporters, which seems to fit as they appear to relish the thought that Hitler's forces may soon arrive on British soil. One member of the group is murdered as they gather to discuss welcoming the Germans in short order. The story contrasts these traitorous characters with the patriotic actions of a simple fisherman and his son who take their boat across the channel to bring home stranded soldiers at Dunkirk. All in all, the story has finely drawn characters and a solid mystery.moreless
Paul Brooke

Paul Brooke

Arthur Ellis

Guest Star

Ian Hogg

Ian Hogg

Ian Lane

Guest Star

Michael Simkins

Michael Simkins

Hugh Reid

Guest Star

Anthony Howell

Anthony Howell

Paul Milner

Recurring Role

Honeysuckle Weeks

Honeysuckle Weeks

Sam Stewart

Recurring Role

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