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Foyle's War (UK) - 02x01 Fifty Ships

2x01 Fifty Ships

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First Aired: Nov. 16, 2003 on ITV1
Summary: When a dead body is found on Hastings beach the main suspects are an American multi-millionaire, an old flame of Sam's and a man that claims to be a Ditch refugee. Sam looks for a place to live when her house is destroyed by a bombing raid.

Main Characters in this Episode



Guest Stars

Jenny Wentworth played by Rebecca Johnson (II)
Henry Jamieson played by Steven O'Donnell
Mrs. Esther Harrison played by Marlene Sidaway
Dr. Alan Redmund played by Clive Merrison
Colin Morton played by Paul Foster
Air Raid Warden played by John Rake
Kenneth Hunter played by Bryan Dick
Christopher Foyle played by Michael Kitchen

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Episode Quotes

DCS Christopher Foyle: [Looking across the Channel] It's quite a view!
Sgt. Paul Milner: On a clear day you can see France.
DCS Christopher Foyle: ...and send a signal if you feel inclined.
Dr. Alan Redmund: [to Foyle when told of Hunter's suicide] Richard Hunter was a wreck of a human being. I don't think I've ever met anyone who had less reason to be alive.
John Bishop: I'm very sorry, I can't let you you arrest him.
DCS Christopher Foyle: Why?
John Bishop: Because of fifty ships, Mr. Foyle, out-of-date rusting ships with appalling armament and accommodation. Ships we may never actually use.
DCS Christopher Foyle: American Ships?
John Bishop: Yes. We need the Americans mr. Foyle. They're the best friends we have. If we can't persuade them to provide us with arms, food, ammunition and all the rest of it... We will not survive.
DCS Christopher Foyle: Why do we need Howard Paige?
John Bishop: Whatever else he may be, Paige has been a great supporter of this country. The american allies of England have made a huge difference. They've managed to broker a deal, that will almost certainly be the start of many more, they've created a lifeline that could last the entire war.
DCS Christopher Foyle: Starting with fifty ships?
John Bishop: Well the ships are largely symbolic, you have to be american to understand their real significance. They get very emotional about it, giving awy a piece of their navy to a foreign country. They even had to change their laws to make it possible, but the point is, it opens the floodgates. By this one commitment, they will show the world whose side they're really on. America will become the arsenal of democracy, mr. Foyle, Nothing less.
DCS Christopher Foyle: And arresting him would compromise all this?
John Bishop: It would destroy it. The American allies of England would lose all credibilty at a stroke. The scandal would have repercussions you can't even begin to imagine. The ships might not even sail. Mr. Foyle, this isn't the first time you have crossed powers with military intelligence and I very much hope You will understand that the actions I've taken, have been forced on me and not taken lightly.
DCS Christopher Foyle: What do you mean, protecting him, lying on his behalf, searching my office, arresting Colin Morton because he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?...
John Bishop: Mr. Morton is in Whitehall. He is being interviewed...
DCS Christopher Foyle: And you will go on interviewing him, presuming till Paige is safely out of the country...
John Bishop: I don't like this any more than you do Mr. Foyle. The man is a killer and should be hanged, but right now you can draw a direct line between Howard Paige and the outcome of this war.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Colonel Letwin, who arrests the man suspected of being a German spy, is wearing his Sam Browne belt the wrong way. The strap should go through his right epaulette and not his left. It should cross his chest from top right to bottom left. It should not cover his decorations, as it does in this case. His holster should probably be on the other side as well but although this is not essential, it rather defeats the purpose of the belt which is to support a scabbard or heavy pistol.
  • Goof (anachronisms): The newspaper editor smokes filtered cigarettes. These were uncommon at the time and marketed chiefly to women. They would hardly be the smoke of a newspaper editor.
  • Goof (anachronisms): This episode is set in 1940, yet near the end, while Foyle is talking to the military intelligence officer and the American Paige is preparing to board the plane, there is a modern looking mess plaque of the Parachute regiment on the wall. This regiment was not formed until 1941.
  • Goof (anachronisms): The plane that Paige flies home in is a Douglas C-47. The episode takes place in September 1940. However the first C-47 didn't fly until the end of 1941.
  • Goof (anachronisms): The photographer uses a Speed Graphic, an American camera. This would be improbable in itself, but the model (the "Pacemaker", easily identifiable by its white, rather than black, lens-board) was not marketed until 1947.
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