Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 2002
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
120 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV1 TV Network
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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.

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Episode Quotes

John Bishop: [In a cautionary tone] Mr. Paige has been involved in negotiations at the highest level and will be returning to the United States shortly. In the meantime I must ask you not to harass him.
DCS Christopher Foyle: The same way you're harassing me. [He turns to go but turns back] I'll do my best.
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.
Elizabeth Lewes: You've grown very hard. Was it Rosalind dying that did that?
DCS Christopher Foyle: No. Losing her changed nothing. Marrying her changed everything.

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): 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 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): 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.
  • Goof (factual errors): When Richard Hunter is in the pub another customer hands him a copy of The Eastbourne Chronicle - it's dated Wednesday September 14th 1940. Obviously this is a "mock-up" and whoever produced it didn't check their dates. September 14th 1940 was a Saturday.

Trivia

  • The comedy radio show that the desk sergeant listens to is It's That Man Again (known as ITMA) starring Tommy Handley. This was a staple radio show throughout the 1940s.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the wallpaper in the bedroom of Sam (played by Honeysuckle Weeks) is the pattern 'Honeysuckle' by William Morris.
  • When Richard Hunter is in the pub reading the newspaper article about Howard Paige, another front page article describes the death on stage of an actress appearing in the Portsmouth Hippodrome. This incident actually occurred although it happened in 1936, not in 1940 as the newspaper indicates.
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