As World War II rages over Europe, one man fights his own battle against murder, mystery and betrayal on the south coast of England. It is May 1940 and Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle sometimes feels his skills would be better used in the war effort than investigating domestic crime.
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Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) joins the Mechanised Transport Corpsat the outbreak of the war. She is seconded to the police force as a driver in the first episode to relieve staff shortages within the police force, and becomes Foyle's driver.She is very enthusiastic about police work, offering unsolicited advice and help to Foyle and Milner—despite Foyle's initial instructions that she was not to discuss police work. As the series progresses, they come to rely on her assistance more and more. In "Plan of Attack" we learn that she left police service soon after Foyle's resignation, but in that episode she returns to be his driver on his rejoining the force.
Sam has a voracious appetite; her struggles with rationing are a constant theme. She invites herself to eat with Foyle on a number of occasions and covets a turkey (kept for evidence) in "Bleak Midwinter".
Sam's father and uncle are Church of England vicars. Her father, the Rev. Iain Stewart (Stephen Moore), visits her in Hastings ("Eagle Day"). He wants her to return home but comes to see that her work for the police is important (after discussions with Foyle, and using his university training in art to help Milner solve a crime). Sam stays with her uncle, the Rev. Aubrey Stewart (Brian Poyser), at his vicarage in Levenham during the episode "The French Drop", and Foyle houses him during an ecumenical conference near Hastings in "Plan of Attack". In the same episode, she states that all her uncles are vicars.
Sam becomes friendly with Andrew Foyle and, after a while, is involved romantically. The two attempt to keep their attachment from Andrew's father, fearing his disapproval. Sam provides support to Andrew when he suffers from shell shock in "Enemy Fire". Their relationship ends when Andrew sends her a "Dear Jane letter" in "Invasion". She becomes fond of American Private Joe Farnetti (Jonah Lotan) but turns him down when he asks her to marry him, though the relationship appears to have continued until sometime after D Day, since she complains in "Broken Souls" that he "ran off with some French girl". Andrew returns in "All Clear" and asks Sam to forgive him—and as they go out to celebrate VE day it seems that their romance will be re-established, though it is not; in the seventh series, Sam has a new love interest, Adam Wainwright, played by Max Brown, a former Bletchley Park codebreaker who proposed to her in that series' final episode.
Series 7 begins in June 1945 and Sam has found a job as housekeeper to a wealthy artist. Sam seems to have lost her sense of purpose along with her uniform and position as Foyle's driver.
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