Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Enemy Fire 

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February 1941: When a manor house is commandeered as a special burn unit for treating injured RAF pilots, Foyle is called in to investigate a series of accidents.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Wood ... Sir Michael Waterford
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Mrs Roecastle
Bill Paterson ... Patrick Jamieson
Jonathan Slinger ... Dr. Brian Wrenn
Dearbhla Molloy ... Matron Grace Petrie
Peter Blythe ... Grp Cpt. Lawrence Smythe
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Julian Ovenden ... Andrew Foyle
Shaun Dooley ... Gordon Drake
Simon Woods ... Greville Woods
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sergeant Rivers
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... Peter Preston
Anthony Howell ... Sergeant Paul Milner
Martin Turner ... Wing Commander Turner


DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate a series of strange events at a local manor house that has been converted to a hospital to treat RAF pilots suffering from extensive burns. Most of the incidents verge on the side of bad jokes, but when a more serious attempt is made on the life of an RAF Group Captain, they take a more serious interest. They learn that an RAF Sergeant with a criminal record, Gordon Drake, is living on a cottage on the estate and has a connection with the estate's owner, Sir Michael Waterford who may not appreciate the way the RAF has commandeered his home. Foyle also learns that Drake was having an affair with the wife of a doctor, Brian Wrenn, who also works at the burn hospital. Foyle's son Andrew, an RAF pilot, has also had several run-ins with Drake. Andrew is also suffering from fatigue and goes AWOL ending up at Sam's flat. Written by garykmcd

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The specialist hospital for burned pilots is based on the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead which specialised in experimental reconstructive plastic surgery during the war. The social club and mutual support network of the burned pilots was called the Guinea Pig Club. See more »


When fixing the fuse in Dr Wrenn's house, Gordon Drake refers to it as a ring main fuse. Ring mains did not start to be introduced in the UK until after World War II. In February 1941 (when this episode is set) it was at least a year before the ring main concept was even being discussed in the government's Electrical Installations Committee, which was convened in 1942 and reported in 1944. But as it was a lighting fuse, a ring main would not be used even now. Also, a 3 amp fuse was very unlikely for a lighting circuit - the common fuse for a radial lighting circuit would have been 5 amps. See more »


Andrew Foyle: [to Sam] Please don't make me go back.
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'Foyle's War' is on fire with this episode
2 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Loved 'Foyle's War' and was immediately hooked when first getting into it. Love it even more now, on re-watches things that didn't quite make sense at first are clearer and things that were not noticed or appreciated before are and much admired. Everything that came over as brilliant on first viewings still are brilliant on re-watches.

"Enemy Fire" to me is up there with the best 'Foyle's War' episodes. It is a shame agreed that the faulty slider plot element is not particularly well thought out, with inconsistencies and lazy logic as mentioned already, and sticks out like a sore thumb amidst an exceptional episode everywhere else. It is the only thing that is wrong, but sadly is too big a flaw to overlook because the whole story centres around it. Like with many 'Foyle's War' episodes, on re-watch there was much more appreciation had for how well established the character development, tone and themes are and things that didn't quite connect entirely at first made more sense on re-watches.

Have always admired the visual detail that went into 'Foyle's War' and how high quality the production values are, with beautiful costumes, the evocative way the characters are made up, the look of the houses and cars, pretty locations and authentic-looking scenery. The music is in keeping with the mood and doesn't overpower the drama while still making an impact.

Writing is intelligent, sophisticated and thought-provoking, establishing Foyle's personality with so much depth already and providing some tense and heart-tugging moments. The story is complicated, with a lot of strands that requires full attention, but clever and from start to finish intriguing. It paces itself deliberately but with so much going on it's never once dull and the twists and turns that slowly unfold keep coming. All the conflicts, social/ethical themes and how the period is portrayed are handled beautifully and tastefully and there is a real sense that war itself is a central character and has terrible implications.

One thing that wasn't picked up by me but now is and admired hugely is the tackling of what was seen as truths but some really misconceptions and seeing British during the war in a new light. This was a bold move and dealt with a lot of honesty and tact. The background information is so well researched and is every bit as interesting as the mystery itself. The character tensions were also handled very well and added a lot of intrigue.

Michael Kitchen is truly superb as Foyle, subtle, intensely determined, commanding and above all human. One of the most interesting television detectives there's ever been and Kitchen has rarely been better. Honeysuckle Weeks is charming and loyal, with some nice touches of subtle humour as ever, and Anthony Howell is wonderful, the character has always been developed very well and Howell continues to come into his own with each episode. Julian Ovendon likewise.

John Wood, Shaun Dooley and especially John Fillingham stand out of an across-the-board great supporting cast.

Overall, exceptional episode that sees the show on fire despite the glaring plot flaw. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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