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Foyle's War: Set 5
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Studio: Acorn Media Release Date: 08/05/2008 Run time: 277 minutes

No one was unhappy when World War II ended, but the demise of Foyle's War is something else entirely. For fans of this first-rate British murder mystery series, set against the backdrop of that epic conflict, Set 5 represents something of a reprieve; although Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) retired at the end of Set 4, circumstances force him to return to action in "Plan of Attack," the first of three 90-minute episodes (each on its own disc) offered here. But by the end of this set, the war is over and Foyle has eased back into retirement. That's lamentable. Smartly conceived and often quite masterfully executed, this show will certainly be missed. "History meets mystery" has been the concept from the beginning, as the low-key (like Peter Falk's Columbo, he knows much more than he lets on), unfailingly decent Foyle and his assistants, Sgt. Paul Milner (Anthony Howell) and driver Samantha "Sam" Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), solve murders and various other crimes in and around bucolic Hastings, England, while WWII rages on at home and abroad. But this time out, the war provides much more than context, as the murders tend to be directly related to it. What's more, Set 5 affectingly deals with combat's heavy emotional psychological toll. It's a burden we see carried by the cartographer who can't bear knowing that his work is helping to kill innocent German civilians (in "Plan of Attack"); by the maimed former POW struggling to readjust to life at home, the teenager whose job it is to deliver bad news telegrams to soldiers' families, and the Jewish doctor, a refugee from Poland, whose survivor's guilt leads him down a very dark path (all three in "Broken Souls"); and even by Foyle's own son (Julian Ovenden, in "All Clear"). OK, so the mysteries may not be all that mysterious--perceptive viewers will have little difficulty identifying the culprits. But with its multi-layered storytelling (the scripts were written by creator Anthony Horowitz) and fine production values (the cinematography, editing, and music are all excellent), Foyle's War is a whodunit that's both a prime example of its genre and thoroughly successful on its own unique terms. Bonus features include a brief "making of" featurette and cast filmographies. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews:

  • Good Bye Old Friend at least for now
    Foyle's War continues with the last 3 episodes to the conclusion of the War in Europe. This period Series continues with its accurate historical background and props. I know it must be very expensive to produce these episodes. But with all their popularity, they must be making money in its production.
    Foyle comes out of retirement in the first episode entitled "Plan of Attack" in which Sergeant Milner's investigation sets a series of things to happen and it brings Detective Superintendent Foyle back into the game. Foyle probes the death of a young cartographer from the Air Ministry. Foyle's back, and he probes like a bulldog. The multilayered piece of cinematography is the very essence of what makes this series so good.
    In the second episode of the 5th series entitled "Broken Souls" again we find Foyle pursuing justice in his investigation of a Doctor's murder. I have to laugh because in a rather Foyle like move he picks up an object quite randomly and finds the major clue. It reminded me of the comic Pink Panther Detective.
    The final episode finds us in May, 1945. Entitled "All Clear"
    which means the end of the War in Europe. Christopher Foyle's son Andrew returns from the RAF and gets back with Samantha. This story can go on. Will it? I don't know, I can only hope. It has been a well written and an historically accurate series. We need more television such as this. 5 Stars!! Riight!!!
    ...more info
  • Not Quite Complete
    While this series certainly deserves five stars, the description on the case that "it is the complete U.K. broadcast version", is not true. Background music has been substituted for beautiful period music in two key scenes. The substitutions remove much of the poignant beauty of the original....more info
  • History/MysteryNut
    This is by far one of the most enjoyable series produced for the enjoyment of all, whether you are a mystery or history buff. I'm sorry the series has to come to an end; but since I own the entire collection, I can enjoy seeing these wonderful characters many times over. It is a very appropriate ending to the wartime drama and should be seen by all who do not appreciate the sacrifices the British people endured during the war years in their country....more info
  • Nice finish to great series . . .
    Nice finish to a great series - I own all 5 sets - from an admitted WWII history buff . . . born in a northern German bomb shelter on a gray, overcast Saturday afternoon, there courtesy of the 8th Army Airforce . . . but enough about me.

    This BBC series' main character, DCS Foyle, defines Michael Kitchen for me . . . can't think of anyone else in that role. Well written episodes that detail the "civilian" side of a country at war and with nice continuity kept from the first episode to the last by keeping the three main actors - Foyle, his right-hand man and his driver - the same throughout....more info
  • John's Opinion
    Saw the last two episodes from the 5th season on the PBS station. Went out/on line and purchased all five sets! Foyle's War is technically and historically accurate. The actors are superb as are the stories. Never really guested who done it. There are generally multiple stories in each episode to keep your attention. Wish there were more series. All sets are excellent. I have watched them all now several times and will continue to do so.

    Would recommend them highly to anyone with a bit of the history, mystery buff in them....more info
  • John Queue on Foyle's War
    The entire groop is very interesting. It gives a point of view that I have seen nowhere else....more info
  • A Last Tour of Duty....
    Michael Kitchen returns for one final tour of duty as Inspector Christopher Foyle in 2007's "Foyle's War V." This three-episode set captures the essentials of an excellent mystery series set in the small town of Hastings in Southern England during the Second World War. Foyle is again assisted by Anthony Howell as Police Sergeant Paul Milner and Honeysuckle Weeks as "Sam" Stewart, Foyle's driver.

    In the opening episode, "Plan of Attack", Foyle is dictating what promise to be very dry memoirs at Sam's painfully slow typing rate. Foyle's successor in Hastings is murdered while investigating the apparent suicide of a military photointerpreter who had issues with the targeting of German cities. Foyle is coaxed out of retirement to solve the complex mystery with its rogue gallery of suspects in and out of uniform. The presence of a conference of anti-war clerics in Hastings is a complicating factor.

    A second episode, "Broken Souls", deals with the complex drama created by veterans returning from combat with significant psychological injury, in some cases confronted by unwelcome changes at home. The murder of a German POW touches the lives of a maimed returning British POW, a refugee Polish psychologist, and another British veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

    A final episode, "All Clear", deals with the end of the war and the consequences brought home to a number of people in Hastings. Wanted and unwanted pregnancies, survivor's guilt, and human greed are still a recipe for murder. This last episode nicely wraps the larger story arcs of the series in a way that fans should appreciate.

    "Foyle's War" offers complex, multi-layered murder mysteries set in an authentic atmosphere of wartime. It deals unflinchingly with the underside of a homefront strugling to maintain order in the midst of world war. The understated Foyle is relentless in his pursuit of truth and justice, in the process making no concessions to the circumstances of wartime. This final set is very highly recommended to fans of the series....more info
  • As the war winds down, the mysteries continue
    British television has certainly never been at a loss for quality entertainment. With a little care and sensitivity, the average American television viewer can assemble a superb DVD collection by concentrating on some of the splendid British programs exported to America over the years. Shows like Pride and Prejudice, Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and Civilization are just some of exemplary British programs that transcend the notion of mere entertainment. Occasionally, however, there are lesser-known television shows, as splendid as any of the more famous ones, that merit inclusion on that more exalted list but are excluded simply because they haven't had the proper exposure or because they are nominally considered representative of a genre, such as a mystery program. Foyle's War is illustrative of the latter reason for being excluded from the list of the finest British television.

    Foyle's War is set in the English coastal town of Hastings, with its historical connotations, and covers what is generally considered by the British themselves as the second most glorious period in English history (following that glorious era of the destruction of the Spanish Armada under Elizabeth I in 1588), when England, essentially alone, withstood the Nazi onslaught of 1939-1940. Starring Michael Kitchen as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, through whose perceptive eyes private tragedy mirrors general calamity, and human passions function as a microcosm of the universal futility and immorality of war, what is nominally a mystery series becomes so much more. Each episode is really an epiphany of human frailty, and each of the dilemmas that Foyle faces becomes one more element in the elusive explanation for human self-destructiveness. The show's writer/creator Anthony Horowitz considers no ambition unattainable. The cast is uniformly excellent, with subtlety the most significant aspect of their acting technique. This splendid ensemble is never less than superb.

    When the fourth season ended, there was some question as to whether the series had ended as well. Thankfully, here we have a fifth season with three new feature length episodes. The show is as brilliant as ever, for as the war begins to wind down, the secret dimensions of the troubled human psyche remain unchanged. It remains Foyle's task to shed light on the elusive human soul, regardless of how often he must remain aloof from the 'glamorous' history occuring all around him. His frustration is one of the ironies of these programs. Although Foyle regards his achievements as of little consequence to the war effort, they actually have a universal impact. In fact, they transcend the merely temporal and we, the audience, know that well. What Foyle achieves over the course of this superb series is an explanation for human frailty, a look at those hidden recesses that represent human weakness. He illuminates our private turmoil and secret fears from which spring all public crises. Foyle's War attempts to discover the roots of war. That it largely succeeds will be its ultimate testament. If you have never seen this show, you may be surprised by its scope, which is so much greater than merely a mystery program. Superlatives all around. Most strongly recommended.

    Mike Birman...more info
  • Best Mystery series.
    There is no better mystery series than Foyle's War. All characters are believable and the mysteries well done. Highly recommended for everyone. If you don't like these there is definitely something wrong....more info
  • Too bad the war is over.
    This series like the others that preceded it paint a vivid picture of rural England during and just after the Second World War. Who could have ever believed that all these intrigues and treachery existed so far from London and the Front and how Foyle and his band of faithful cohorts solved them all. Too bad the war is over....more info
  • Too few episodes
    Every episode of Foyle's war was outstanding. I am old enough to remember WWII from America. I had no idea what it was like in the UK. Now I have seen a little bit of what life was like on a day to day basis. The plots are realistic and portray the times.

    The great sadness is that there were only nineteen episodes. I could happily watch nineteen more....more info
  • Foyle's War series
    Foyle's war series is a winner in my book. It is well done and not over the wall in baloney....more info
  • Excellent series. Sad to see it end.
    The last three episodes were just as good as all the previous ones. The last episode wrapped most of the main characters up. I've read that perhaps there will be some episodes that were actually written but not filmed. I hope that is true as this is a great series. Sad if it ends. The acting and settings are superb. I will truly miss watching DCS Foyle. ...more info
  • England's Homefront During World War II
    'Foyle's War' is one of those marvelous BBC productions that tells the tales of England during World War II. It is set in Hastings, East Sussex, near the beaches of South East England, during 1942 and 1943. Foyle's War tells the story of Christopher Foyle, played by Michael Kitchen, Detective Chief Superintendent, whose job is to keep the peace on the home front during WWII. Helping Foyle is Detective Sergeant Paul Milner, played by Anthony Howell. He was a policeman before the war and lost a leg in a fierce battle and returned to the force by the urging of Foyle. Samantha Stewart, a beauty on her own, is played by Honeysuckle Weeks and is a member of the Mechanized Transport Corps. She is conscripted to drive for Foyle. She sticks her nose in police business and it turns out she is also quite good at helping in their investigations.

    Foyle wants to join up but is talked into staying where he is most needed. And this war causes more crime and more stresses. The crimes are now involving the black market, illegal gambling, sabotage, and the day to day thefts and murder.

    " Perhaps the most quiet, still, laconic detective you'll ever see on television, Foyle's M.O. never varies: quite observation, desert dry wit, zero reaction upon even the most extreme provocation, and carefully chosen, clipped, spare sentences that sum up much, much more than one first assumes. Nothing seems to ruffle Foyle, although it's clear he feels deeply about his colleagues and about his duty. That dedication to duty, and even more, his dedication, love, and utmost respect for the law, keeps Foyle constantly at odds with others who see the war as yet another excuse to flout the conventions of the legal systems - as well as a convenient bypass for committing morally questionable actions." Antony Severs

    ' Foyle's War' serves as a means for telling stories about the war, and how civilians coped with the pressures and circumstances with the coming changes. Foyle, is always even-handed and tolerant. As a professional reviewer has said " It is amazing what intelligence and talent can do on television without ever mugging or shouting."

    'Foyle's War' is one of the more entertaining, realistic depictions of World War II. It is so well written and acted, I have recommended it to everyone I know. I was saddened to view the end of the series.

    Highly Recommended. prisrob 10-25-08

    The Real History of "Foyle's War"

    Foyle's War: Sets 1-5 Bundle (Amazon.com Exclusive)

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  • Foyle's War set 5
    First rate intertainment, well written, blends in well with known historical events during/just after WW II. The entire Foyle's War series is a must for British Mystery fans....more info
  • Truly Outstanding Series
    Foyle's War has proven to be a top notch television series of the highest order. It most definitley compares with other the great British mystery series. I can't think of anything on American television currently that even remotely comes close to the quality of this serial. This series is most defintely worth an investment of your time and money. ...more info
  • Foyle's War - Season Five
    First, my shopping experience with amazon.com was easy. Now for the product. Being fans of the British television series may color my review. Season Five of Foyle's War was everything I wanted: questions answered, the war (WWII) ended, the characters accounted for. My only regret is that it was the last. Excellent series, excellent actors. The bonus feature recounting a "real" Detective Foyle reminded one that, although the series was fiction, it was based on fact.

    Highly recommended - especially for Anglophiles or anyone interested in WWII history....more info
  • Foyle's War set 5
    This set was just as great as the previous four were. This is one of the best series to come from the BBC. We really enjoyed it!...more info
  • First-rate Finale
    Foyle's War has always been a classy, thoughtful series, but in Set Four, the stories began to flag although the performances remained top-notch. The series finale - three episodes in Set Five - climbs back to the heights of intelligence, plotting and insight that the series was originally known for. Fans will be more than a little sad to say good-bye to Foyle, Sam and Milner. ...more info
  • Foyle's War
    This series is always excellent and such a treat from the commercial videos we have here. BBC and Public TV have done an excellent job....more info
  • Great Period Detective Stories
    FOYLE'S WAR involves great plotting, great characterization, and great evocation of WWII England. The only apparent concession to modern PC-ness is that our heroes smoke very little and DC Foyle himself is decidedly 2000-ish in his feminist attitude. Happily, his driver Sam (for Samantha) is not made into some sort of proto-feminist harpy; if anything she is more like a gung-ho Girl Guide whose enthusiasm and curiosity gets her into scrapes from which she must often be rescued by (gasp!) men. It's also grand to see men and women wearing grown-up clothes instead of the now ubiquitous baseball caps and tees and shorts bearing advertising.

    Foyle's son Andrew, a Spitfire pilot, is a whiny drama queen who is unaccountablity promoted for his repeated irresponsible behavior, and happily disappears, along with his tears and hissy-fits, after the first season or so....more info
  • Michael Kitchen - Awesome
    There aren't enough words in the English language to describe the excellence of this series. I haven't seen this set yet, can't wait to, but if it's half as good as the other Foyles War, it'll be over the top. Michael Kitchen is fascinating to watch, the stories are interesting and intertwining, and the other characters add dimension.

    While it's set during WWII, the stories are personal ones and frequently have little to do with the war itself. If you haven't seen Foyles War yet, do yourself a favor and get started. It's nice to have seen all the episodes from the beginning, but it's not necessary, so don't feel you've missed too much to start it now....more info
  • Great Series
    As with the previous sets of Foyle's War, the fifth and final set is up to previous standards, although the tone has changed considerably with the ending of World War II. There is a much stronger emphasis on the overwhelming effects of the war on the home front. The series has dealt wonderfully with subjects we do not often see in World War II coverage - what is/was the impact of the War on those who had to "carry on". With these being the final episodes, we will deeply miss not looking forward to the next episodes of Foyle's War. We will miss the extraordinarily fine acting of the cast and superb writing. Michael Kitchen, in particular, is one of the most gifted actors of our time. We feel like we are losing the comfort of a very close friend or relative. ...more info
  • Perfect!
    This series is fabulous. The writing is witty, the character developement and interaction subperb, and the acting is great. Each episode is like a mini-movie and there are never enough of them. Michael Kitchen is one of those rare actors who can say more with a raised brow and a smirk than with the most cleverly written dialogue. Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell are wonderful as well. This is the best t.v. has to offer ~ they just don't make new episodes fast enough!...more info
  • Deserves a higher number
    Perfect all around. Great cast, scenery, stories, all deserve a higher than 5. Exquisite - perfection. ...more info
  • Foyle's War
    I have all five sets of Foyle's War. They take place in England during the 2nd world war. Foyal (Michael Kitchen)plays the head detective in solving various types of crimes from stealing war materials to resell them to solving murders. The first four sets have four disks each, set five only has three disks. My wife and I watched all 19 disks together and we both enjoyed them very much. I loaned them to my son and he has been watching them also. He said he also thought they were very good. The disks can be watched in any order, but I think it is slightly better watching them in order. Toward the start of each disk there is a date showing when it takes place starting May 1940 and going through May 1945....more info
  • Foyle's War: Set 5
    In this set Michael Kitchen, that plays DCS Christopher Foyle, is drawn out of retirement when the current chief is killed. While investigating two murders he discovers corrupt business and military dealings and a possible spy. The second movie involves the murder of a doctor at the psychiatric clinic. The final movie has a murder victim and a suicide. Kitchen is quite good at this role and I like the way he uses little ticks like pursing his lips to let us know what he is thinking. His open sarcasm towards some is enjoyable but not over the top. The rest the cast including Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks fit like a glove. Howell is masterful at protraying a wounded officer with a true sense of empathy. Weeks is spot on as a transport soldier ferrying Foyle around and offering her looking glass on the world. Once again the three movies in this set are bloody marvelous. If you enjoy realistic dramas or especially World War II movies this is a must see series. Along with incredible acting the costumes, scenery, sets, and effects are so realistic you will think you are living during that time. The amount of detail that went into this series makes us fans very sad this is the last season. I have always enjoyed detective stories and war movies so this has both wrapped up together in one of the best series I have ever seen. I highly recommend it. Great quality DVDs with excellent replayability. If you enjoyed this catch "Piece of Cake" and "Cadfael".

    CA Luster...more info
  • Strong recommendation
    Buy the whole series at the beginning - you will want all of them. A stunningly lifelike portrayal of life in that time, and events that occurred during WW1. Christopher Kitchen, and his lead actors were amazing in the enactment of the action. This one I will watch again and again....more info
  • WHAT!!!!! No more Foyle's War!!
    Foyle's War: Set 5

    The Foyle's war series is a master piece in suspense, complexity of separation of ethics of war and crime in the private sector.
    Michael Kitchen, in his superb acting and body language, pulls it off to perfection. I enjoy his facial reaction to things that trouble him and the way he tends to "chew on his cheek", and his facial expressions. His remarks after a head on confrontation is incredible and leaves little for his opponent to respond.
    Interesting seen is the lack of intimacy between father and son. This appears to be rather cool, yet I feel he is afraid of his own emotions and I am sure the death of his wife made a permanent scar and is now faced with on how to deal with it other then stay true to his work and his own convictions.

    It appears this is the last of the series, how unfortunate for us all.
    Films like this can be watched over and over again and enjoyed as much and even more then the first.
    The script writers are masters at their craft.
    Karl Olson...more info
  • Fascinating Series
    This is a really good series. Learned a great deal about secret doings during WWII that was recently declassified stuff. Michael Kitchen is a fabulous actor and the ensemble cast truly worked....more info
  • Movie Buff
    Almost a five but some holes in the story because all the series is 100 minutes which sometimes leaves the story short....more info
  • good movie
    I purchased the season 5 of Foyle's war because my husband had seen the
    first three seasons on the local PBS station and really like them. However
    we missed the last two seasons . The movies are interesting and holds your
    attention....more info
  • Excellent final episodes for series
    I'm as sad as many others to see Foyle's War end. What is so great about this series is that one can watch any of the stories repeatedly and enjoy it as much the fifth time as the first--and catch new subtleties with each viewing.

    The three episodes of set 5 are as well done as the previous seasons. They begin in time with April, 1944 and are spaced approximately six months apart. As with previous plots, events of the time are carefully interwoven into each story. Characterizations of DCS Foyle, Sgt. Milner, and the delightful Sam Stewart are as convincing as always.

    Some characters from earlier episodes return, including Captain (now Major) Kieffer, the mysterious Miss Pierce, and Milner's love, Edith, who is played by Polly Maberly in replacement of Caroline Martin. It would have been nice to see Barbara (played by Stella Gonet) from 'They Fought In The Fields' return but she does not.

    Comments by series creator and writer Anthony Horowitz are part of the extras and his remarks help explain why the series ends as it does. I think Horowitz really knew what he was doing, and while there are people I wanted to see return, such as the Barbara character, I can appreciate that Horowitz chose not to develop the series as Aaron Spelling might have done. British reserve is a wonderful quality.

    Guest stars of the final three episodes give outstanding performances. They are perhaps not familiar names to American audiences but their performances convey a sense of different time and place. Natasha Little (who played Becky Sharp in the A&E version of Vanity Fair) is most believable as a farm wife in the 2nd episode, 'Broken Souls', and Nicholas Woodeson is marvelous as a troubled Polish psychiatrist in the same episode.

    I have to admit I would not mind at all if Horowitz came up with a series for Anthony Howell as Milner in a post-war setting.

    Foyles's War has truly been wonderful to watch and will continue to be so....more info
  • Foyle's War 5
    An excellent final season to go with the previous excellent series. I highly recommend this series if you are interested in well acted and well directed programming....more info
  • Best PBS has to offer
    Fans of Poirot, Holmes, Rumpole of the Bailey and other PBS dramatizations, we find Foyle's War the best. Singulary best dramaticized, best plots, best characters, etc. We were actually saddened when we watched what we knew to be the last episode. ...more info
  • Foyle's War series 5 well worth it
    This set provides a great conclusion of the series.
    All the ends are brought together for a satisfactory conclusion and leaves one with the hope that someday there will be a follow-up series with the recently promoted Sgt Milner leading a new series of cases....more info
  • Foyle's War 5
    I'll make this brief. I can't bring myself to buy the last Foyle's War Set. I somehow believe that if I never see the last episode, the series will never end....more info
  • A final season that should never be
    The new management at the BBC killed this program and that is sad. He is no gone and perhaps they will find a way to let Foyle to continue after the war. The final three episodes were good, the first one was a little slow putting thing back together, but once they were back they they were the great team of old.
    I waited so long for these episodes on first viewing I was a little disappointed. But it was the anticipation not the quality of the show. These are three great episodes, not to be confused with most of the junk put out on American TV....more info
  • Foyles war series
    The Foyle's War series (5 seasons) is about the best DVD viewing available. The acting, writing, directing are all excellent. You can view WWII history in England with all the shades of grey. The characters were believable and well rounded. The story lines explored aspects of how lives of all classes of people were affected by the war, "the good, the bad and the ugly". I wish I could purchase more of this type of quality drama. Foyle's War is one of the few drama's that I will view again, enjoying and discovering all the fine details. It was sad to see Foyle's war end. I hope this production team will pick another topic to explore. Cannot recommend this series highly enough. The Foyle's War series was enjoyed by ALL members of our family and in our family it is difficult to find a "one size fits all" DVD. ...more info
  • wonderful series
    What a wonderful series, I was so sorry these were the last episodes,I highly recommend watching the series from the beginning, as it depicts how ordinary people reacted in war time England, plus the police having to deal with everyday crime as well as espionage and spy's. All the characters are likable and believable,IMJ...more info
  • Foyle's War; Set: 5
    This was a gift. I did not view the DVD. But the recipient was very impressed. Norm...more info
  • Foyle's War Review
    It is hard to find movies depicting men of integrity, as well as compassion for people. Excellent acting, background music, as well as background scenery. Even though these DVDs are costly, for me and my wife, the cost was an investment in learning more about the activities of some of the English participants of World War II, not to mention excellent mysteries. ...more info
  • Excellent WWII Mystery
    This is Series 5 of a PBS Masterpiece Theatre Mystery series, excellently done in the UK. I fell in love with this series on TV and wanted to own the set. Was thrilled that part 5 came out. Done in the same classic style as the Merchant and Ivory films. I down't own many DVDs, but started collecting good classics that I love like this. The acting is superb, the English country-side divine, the suspense thrilling, and the overall experience world class. I highly recommend. ...more info
  • seen it already
    I it is a great series, wish we had more as good, but, had to send it back - I have it already, but did not get refund yet....more info
  • Readjustment for Soldiers & Civilians Alike as the End of War Nears.
    "Foyle's War" Series 5 (Series 6 in Britain) occupies itself less with the unique institutions of wartime England than with the psychic toll the War has taken on its participants, at home and on the front. This series contains 3 100-minute episodes, covering the last year of wartime life in Hastings, as World War II comes to its conclusion in the European theater. Two of the episodes were written by the series' creator, Anthony Horowitz, but "Broken Souls" was written by Michael Chaplin. At this point in the series, there is less depth of character, and the three principle roles seem more a collection of mannerisms than three-dimensional people. Of course, anyone who has followed the series will know DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen), DS Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), and their spunky driver Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) well. "Foyle's War" is still entertaining, and Series 5 stresses that victory and a return to "normal" will be as great an adjustment as those changes brought by the war.

    It's April 1944 and a year since DCS Christopher Foyle resigned his post in frustration. Britain has commenced night-bombing Germany, and the resulting civilian casualties have raised some objections in "Plan of Attack". Foyle occupies his time dictating a history of the Hastings Conservatory to Sam Stewart, who was a better driver than she is a typist. Sam now works at a nearby Air Ministry facility. Sergeant Milner is still on the job with the Hastings police, but he's finding it difficult to fight crime under the new leadership of DCS Meredith (Nicholas Day). When a young man named Henry Scott (Martin Hutson), who made top-secret aerial maps for the Air Ministry, is found dead, and an attempt on Milner's life kills a senior officer, Foyle is asked to return to his job to solve the killings.

    "Broken Souls" looks at the emotional toll it has taken on soldiers as they return home in October 1944. Fred Dawson (Joseph Mawle) has been in a German POW camp for 5 years and arrives home to find that his wife Rose (Natasha Little) has become friendly with Johann Schultz (Jonathan Forbes), a German POW assigned to help out on the family farm. DCS Foyle has been receiving chess lessons from Dr. Josef Novak (Nicholas Woodeson), a Polish psychiatrist who narrowly escaped being sent to a concentration camp with his family. Novak works at a psychiatric hospital for soldiers who are having trouble readjusting to society. When an unpopular and dishonest colleague (Oliver Kieren-Jones) is stabbed to death, patients and staff make up the list of suspects.

    Five and a half years of war are finally coming to an end in "All Clear". It's May 1945. Soldiers are coming home changed men to families who have also changed in their absence. Sam is feeling at loose ends and volunteering at the SSAFA, assisting returning soldiers. DCS Foyle plans on retiring, and Sergeant Milner awaits a promotion to another station. Plans for a V-E Day celebration are underway in Hastings, hosted by aspiring politician Martin Longmate (Mark Bazeley). Foyle is serving reluctantly on the committee to coordinate the festivities, along with an old acquaintance, American Major Kiefer (Jay Benedict). When fellow committee member Dr. Ziegler (John Ramm) is stabbed and another member commits suicide, it looks like that little group held a surprising number of secrets.
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  • Drama at its best
    Great characters who've developed over time, played by accomplished actors, even in minor roles - Michael Kitchen is stellar in the lead. It's nice but not necessary to have seen earlier episodes. Terrific plotlines - plausible, emotive and engaging, with subtleties that reward repeat viewing. Marvelous period atmosphere, tinged with the hope, fears and melancholy of that time in British history. Immerse yourself and enjoy....more info
  • More good stuff for Foyle fans
    I have purchased all 19 DVD's of the Foyle's War series, and have written to the Guardian asking them to push for a new post war Foyle series. What a great series, and the book is like adding hot fudge to a chocolate sundae. The background contrasting the stories with real life are convincing and fun, and the author manages to weave in more facts about the great characters and even small part actors who are also superb in the book so we are constantly immersed in our Foyle lore, fiction and fact. I would love to visit the sets in the restored and marvelously old section of Hastings. This must remain a dream for awhile - it's a long and expensive flight to WW2 England from Massachusetts. I lived through all those war years here in the US doing the things we were supposed to do - Red Cross work, letter writing. I'm 82 years old, but the war seems like yesterday - the most important years in the history of my generation, and as Tom Brokaw says, "We are the greatest generation." And aren't Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks and young "Andrew Foyle" and the young and funny Sargant Brooks in the later series absolutely
    marvelous. The pictures in this colorful book are also great reminders of
    the series. The children, many of them, portrayed in the Series and the book are very special. This is a very reasonably priced book wonderful from cover to cover including the covers. I am Bettie Magee of Natick
    Massachusetts. Thank you editors.
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  • Nothing less than AWESOME
    Foyle's War is THE most rewarding British series of DVD we've yet watched! The coupling of history with mystery has NO equal in our opinion we wanted the next set and then the next and all of a sudden there are no more - great writing, great story direction and increable acting - FIRST RATE in every way - we miss it a great deal - we felt a part of Foyle's family....more info
  • Foyle's War, Set 5
    This concludes the series that covers WW II from the perspective of a small
    coastal town in England. This is the quality of television that is often
    lacking in American network TV. Great cast and great writing make this a
    must see....more info
  • Would That Life Could Continue
    Foyle's War #5 brings an end to a series that has been outstanding from the start. The inevitability of Foyle stepping down from active participation in criminal detection when the war is over and the time is "right" is well stated in a most wonderful manner- understatement in action and words. We shall miss him, his team and family that is reborn through his son's marriage, which helps time move on, in this last episode; but when we recall the era he served in and the area and level of service he was involved, he shall come again. J.E.S....more info
  • Five stars, but the series ends oddly
    Great stuff, as usual. By all means, buy. I did, and am very pleased. But I must remark that just three segments to this Part 5, while outstanding, seemed quite skimpy compared to the other parts. Not their quality, but just that there were only three. The others parts had five per segment, I recall. Then, when you see comments about the ending of the series in the special features by two of the three players, it makes me wonder if maybe Michael Kitchen was the one that said, "enough." I own all five parts, happily. Each slowly covers the years. However, Part 5 seems to me to jump out of nowhere from 1944 to May 1945 almost overnight. Hey! What happened to the rest of 1944? Somebody must've pushed it to end, so they threw in the concluding episode rashly. I think it was Kitchen that pushed. Anybody know? ...more info
  • Foyles War V
    Wonderful fifth series, as were the previous four. Acting superb. Location superb. Storylines very believable. Top notch! Pity there are to be no further series.Foyle's War: Set 5 ...more info
  • WWII is over, and so is Foyle's War. The writing and Michael Kitchen made this one of the best of Britain's mystery series
    After six years, 19 episodes and all of WWII, Foyle's War -- one of the best of British mysteries -- comes to a close. The three episodes in this set take place in 1944 and May of 1945. Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, played by Michael Kitchen, has reluctantly returned to duty. He had resigned his job and gone into retirement, tired to the bone when criminal activities were swept under the rug in the name of the expediency it was said was needed for the war effort. One too many times he had been told to ignore the secret actions of the government or to ignore the activities of a highly placed person.

    Foyle is a taciturn man, even sad. He has lost his wife and his son is a fighter pilot. In 1939 Foyle desperately wanted to join up, but was told by his superiors that his talents would be far better utilized where he was. Foyle is a dedicated, no-nonsense cop. He's respectful to authority and the rich, but he isn't intimidated. If a person has committed a crime, especially one that could damage Britain's war effort, Foyle will never let up until the crime is solved and justice -- by the book -- is done. His return from retirement is because, whatever his misgivings, an appeal to his sense of duty has been made. He is returning to his old job because the man who took his place has been murdered. Assisting him will be members of his old team. Samantha Stewart, played by Honeysuckle Weeks (a great name), had been Foyle's driver. Stewart is an energetic, curious young woman, brave when she needs to be, who has earned Foyle's respect. She has emerged from the war years as a capable, confident woman. As the war winds down, however, she needs to discover what her own plans will be. Detective sergeant Paul Milner is played by Anthony Howell. Milner lost a leg in the Norway campaign and was assigned to Foyle as his sergeant. He had to build back his confidence. By now Milner is a full member of Foyle's team, thoughtful and as dedicated a cop as Foyle. He plans to make policing his career.

    In the three complex cases in this last set, we'll encounter the murder of a cartographer in a highly classified Air Ministry project concerned with strategic bombing (Plan of Attack); multiple murders which involve an ambitious young doctor at a psychiatric hospital where the patients are servicemen, as well as a 15-year-old run-away (Broken Souls); and a murder and suicide just days before victory over Germany implicating a smooth politician and a doctor from Austria (All Clear).

    This series is one of the best mysteries from Britain in part because the writing is of a high order. Anthony Horowitz conceived the idea, wrote many of the scripts and closely supervised the rest and remained the power behind the program. The production values have been consistently high. A great deal of effort has been made to establish the look and style of England during WWII. The cast that backs up Kitchen is first rate.

    Most of all, the series works so well because of Michael Kitchen. He is an excellent, subtle, versatile actor whose long career includes the amusing and reprehensibly egoistic doctor in Reckless, the well-intentioned but naive king utterly outmaneuvered by Francis Urquhart in House of Cards Trilogy, Vol. 2 - To Play the King, and the unprincipled charlatan who finds himself facing Inspector Morse. Inspector Foyle is a serious, thoughtful man of high principles, who keeps most of his feelings to himself. He is not without a sense of wry humor, but dour is as good a description of Foyle as any other. He is utterly without sympathy toward career criminals or those who try to impede or make money from the war effort. Kitchen has made Christopher Foyle his own.

    And now, at the conclusion of All Clear, the unconditional surrender of Germany has been signed and the church bells are pealing. Foyle has made unmistakably clear that he will retire for good now. As dour and at times as uncommunicative as he can be, we know that he has had a quiet hand in Paul Milner's advancement and that his association with Samantha Stewart might possibly continue, this time because of his son. Christopher Foyle gave us a good run for our money. We'll miss him....more info
  • Great DVD, Last episode tied up all lose ends
    Last in series. Tied up all lose ends. Gives a depth to the history of WW II...more info
  • Excellent
    These are the last 3 installments of one of the finest productions of all time. No frantic car chases, no explosions of note, no hyped special effects or hip-hop soundtrack; just outstanding story telling, characters and above all, acting. These actors convey more with subtle facial expressions than all the Hollywood-types say in an entire career. ...more info