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Foyle’s War – Set Three (British TV Mystery)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Telefilms: B-



Michael Kitchen is back for his third season as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War, continuing Acorn Media’s issuing of the telefilms four at a time, one per DVD.  This time, we get:


1)     The French Drop

2)     Enemy Fire

3)     They Fought In The Fields

4)     A War Of Nerves



The thing that distinguishes this show, besides intelligent teleplays and solid casts, is that it offers a series of mystery stories that take place while Britain is fighting the Nazis in World War II.  That becomes more interesting this time with the detail of espionage in French Drop, further grounding the show in the kind of reality it needs to continue on.  Also, as the chronology gets into 1941, that means the war heats up, so the show has to follow.  Anthony Horowitz created the show and writes its scripts still for the most part, which is why the integrity of the overall storyline holds together so well.


Gavin Mellar joins Jeremy Silbertston in directing the show, while Rob Heyland joins Horowitz in writing that gives the show a new edge that keeps it from falling prey to the TV grid.  Foyle’s War continues to be just ambitious enough to move into enough new directions to remain interesting and for Kitchen, another highlight in his long road of great work.  Strat with the earlier sets, and if you like the first, work your way to this set.  It’s the best way to watch the show.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image is fair, but not quite as good for whatever reason as it was on the previous two sets.  Things seem slightly fuzzier and a tad brighter than they need to be.  It is shot in digital HD video.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has some nice, healthy Pro Logic surround information to match, so performance is no problem here.  Extras include text on the cast and crew for both sets, with notes on the shows and cast reflections also in text form.  This time, though, we get a nice Making Of produced to promote the third season and it is one of the bets such shows we have seen for a TV series in a while.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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