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Foyle's War:The German Woman was created and written by Anthony Horowitz and produced by Greenlit Productions for ITV1.
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Late than night, Ian Judd is walking near his pub when a car comes up on him from behind. He runs away from the car, but is chased and knocked down. Lying badly injured and unable to move, he can do nothing as the car stops and the driver climbs out, and walks towards him.

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Early Saturday morning, Foyle and his son fly-fish on the river. Andrew has never been keen on fishing, but is taking the opportunity to spend time with his father while he can.

That afternoon Foyle is sad and worried as he says goodbye to Andrew. As is his way, however, he does not reveal his feelings. He doesn't have time to dwell on his thoughts, because as Andrew's taxi departs, the Wolesley arrives and Sam reports the second murder.

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Standing by Judd's body lying in the road, Sam asks how he was killed. Foyle replies that he has hit by something, possibly a rock or a car. As the two walk to the nearby Bell, Sam remarks. "He lived over the pub; he had rooms. These are his keys." She hands them to a surprised Foyle, saying that she took them from Judd's pocket. Foyle is impressed. "Oh, well done!"

In the pub, they search the landlord's rooms. Inside the chimney of a small fireplace Foyle finds a metal box containing over £200 in notes. When he and Sam return to the car, Sam notices something on the dashboard that she has forgotten and hands her boss an official looking envelope. This time Foyle is far from impressed and expresses annoyance when he realises the envelope contains the post-mortem report on Greta Beaumont.

Foyle arrives at Beaumont's house just as Dr Groves is leaving to attend the funeral of Tracey Stephens. Foyle asks him why Greta was diagnosed as having severe angina when the post-mortem shows that she was healthy. Groves tells him that he is trespassing on doctor-patient confidentiality and will not answer. Foyle says that he can obtain a copy of the medical report in 24 hours and Groves tells him that is what he will have to do and walks off.

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Foyle joins the mourners at Tracey's funeral as they gather for tea in the church after the interment. He speaks to Tracey's father, who tells him that his daughter and Pritchard would have been married within a year. Stephens becomes angry, declaring that he hates the Germans and Greta got what was coming to her. "She didn't belong here. And out, flouting the law as much as she liked: riding, driving her car, doing as she pleased!" As Foyle leaves the gathering, he remarks to Sam, "She drove."

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Foyle returns to the manor but goes straight to the garage. Sarah finds him looking around inside it and when he asks her about the car parked there, she tells him that it is her father's but has not been out of the garage for three months. When Foyle points out recent tyre tracks on the garage floor, she explains that the gardener takes it out to clean it.

They return to the house where Foyle asks about the family trust. Sarah explains that the house and land passes to the first in line on their marriage and Greta was very unhappy about it. She had gone to London to the solicitors and brought Turner back to work on the papers. Foyle ascertains that Sarah began go out with Turner in the spring.

Beaumont comes in and when Foyle tells him about the murder of Ian Judd, says that Greta knew him and couldn't stand him. After Foyle leaves, Beaumont looks thoughtful and says, "Time he moved on."

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Foyle is summoned to see AC Summers, who complains crossly that he has persisted in submitting transfer requests: "Half a dozen more the very day you left this office!" Calming down, he then says that after due reflection he has decided that accede. A senior position in the Cabinet Office has come up, reporting directly to General Ismay. Foyle's expression is a mixture of interest and suspicion, especially when told that he is to report to Ismay first thing next day. He clicks his tongue and says that he cannot start yet as he is investigating a murder. Summers is aghast and tells him sternly to send the case notes on the German woman to him. When Foyle tells him that he cannot stop now, Summers becomes very angry - he has offered Foyle exactly what he requested, what does one murder matter? "You want me to tell General Ismay you're busy?"

"I'd like you to ask him to wait."

Summers sneers. "I doubt that is a possibility."

Foyle replies, "Then I'm sorry."

He rises and goes to the door, but pauses as Summers issues a stern warning. "Foyle, if you go out of that door you will remain a policeman not just for the duration of the war but until the day you retire. You won't get a second chance."

Foyle takes a little time to consider his response. He turns back to face his superior and, speaking quietly but deliberately, says that the German woman was protected by influential friends: she was fully fit, but the family doctor lied about her medical condition to prevent her internment. When Summers asks if he has arrested the doctor Foyle says he has not because he was only a part of it. In Beaumont's position he would find it very easy to expect favours. Greta went before a tribunal and was given "C" registration. She was also classified as a refugee from Nazi oppression, but she was not exactly a classic refugee, having two brothers still in Germany - one having served under von Falkenhorst in Norway and the other still being a ranking officer in the Abwehr in Berlin. She should have been interned immediately.

"And the committee that gave her "C" registration must have been blind, idiotic, corrupt - or all three." The AC's expression becomes grave when Foyle adds, "But of course you know all this, don't you? Because you were the chairman of the committee."

Summers takes a moment before responding with a plea. "Foyle… we can work this out."

Quietly, Foyle replies, "Well, I don't think so." He exits, leaving his superior stewing in his own juice.

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Foyle visits Thomas Kramer in the internment camp, explaining that he has arranged a special dispensation for him and he can now go home. He says that what happened to Kramer and his wife was wrong and he is very sorry. Kramer asks if he doesn't think it is too late. "Well, Mr Kramer, we're at war and there are going to be casualties, and some of them are going to be innocent like your wife. I couldn't do anything to help her, but I can do something to help you." Foyle casts an eye over the depressing surroundings. "Do you want to leave, or don't you?"

"I want to leave."

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On the journey back it is Foyle who begins a conversation with Sam. "D'you know, Sam, I think we got it wrong."

"The case?"

"No - enemy aliens."

"I was reading the Mail. They were saying that Norway would never have fallen if it hadn't been for the Germans inside the country - quislings and people like that."

Foyle replies with a little sneer of disapproval. "The Mail… huh."

"Well it makes you think, doesn't it?"

"Well Fleet Street would rather you didn't think, that's the whole point. I mean, these people have fled their own country a step ahead of concentration camps and God knows what. They've had to give up everything - their homes, their possessions - and if getting out of a country is hard enough, getting into another one in even worse. They have to be sponsored, there's the British Consul, port immigration, tribunals, the local police, and when they finally do settle down, what do we do? We arrest them and lock them up again!"

"Would you have helped Greta Beaumont?"

"Well, I wouldn't have broken the law."

The car pulls up outside the hospital and Foyle goes in to see Milner. He finds him sitting up in bed reading something very lightweight. Milner says his wife was going to bring in something better but had forgotten, adding ruefully that today she forgot to come at all. Foyle asks about the case notes. Milner queries if he needs help or just feels sorry for him and Foyle replies that he does not have time for charity.

Milner shares his thoughts on the case. What did Mrs Beaumont have against Michael Turner? If there was something she didn't like about him, why didn't she come out and say what it was? Was it about money? Milner says he believes that the key is Greta and Turner. He mentions Ian Judd and Foyle confirms that Greta had something against him, too. Milner wonders about how she knew him. Judd saw Turner with Tracey, so maybe Judd went to Greta with what he'd seen outside the pub. He asks, "Was there a moon that night?"

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Foyle returns to the manor find out more about the family trust. He wants to know when Greta started to make enquiries and is told October or November last year. He learns that she spent a lot of time on it with Turner before he joined the Admiralty. Beaumont is annoyed when Foyle asks if he and his wife had separate banking arrangements, but says that she did have a personal allowance and another for housekeeping. He also confirms that she asked for more money several times. Foyle begins to leave, but pauses to ask, "How did you get Dr Groves to lie about your wife?" Beaumont reluctantly replies that he paid him. Foyle asks about Summers and is told that the two men are long-term friends. In response to a final question about knowing of Greta's two brothers, he replies that he did, but Greta wasn't the enemy and loving her as he did, he would do it again.

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Foyle visits Admiralty HQ and is kept waiting before seeing Turner, who asks, "So what can I do for you?"

Foyle considers his approach and then says, "Well, you could tell me the truth."

"I thought I already had."

"No, you were lying."

The DCS smiles. Turner recognises knowledge in his expression and says that he will come clean. He admits that Judd was blackmailing him, but says he was willing to pay. Foyle tells him that he is still lying and Judd had lied to him, too: the landlord could not have seen who got into the car because there was a blackout and no moon. Turner did not even know Tracey, but he knew was that she had been killed and could not answer for herself, so he used her. But she was not that sort of girl. "Everything you said about her was a desecration."

Foyle goes on to say that Turner told Judd to say he had seen Tracey and Judd agreed because he could extort more when Turner became wealthy through marriage. Judd knew whom Turner had really met in the car park - Greta, and he had been blackmailing her, too. Turner had first met her in October, five months before he met Sarah, which is why he had interrupted when Sarah began to tell about it. When Turner dumped her and prepared to take everything from her she found out what sort of person he really was. She did not want the marriage to go ahead, perhaps caring more for Sarah than anybody thought and prepared to destroy her own marriage to save her. She threatened once too often, so Turner killed her, placing the Swastika as a diversion. He did not want to spend the rest of his life paying Judd, so he killed him too.

Turner realises that Foyle knows all, but tells him that there is something he must take into consideration before making an arrest. There is only a small number of people at OIC and the work is vital to the war effort. The Royal Navy is using antiquated manual cipher tables; there is no air reconnaissance or RDF. The OIC is putting together a crypt analysis service that will give advance warning of German fleet movements. "Yes, I admit I killed her. It was just like you said… But have you any idea how important I am to the work we're doing here? I'm actually leading the team here... What good is it going to do taking me out of here and throwing me in prison? What good is it going to do hanging me? It would set back our work here months! And that could cost us another ship, hundreds of lives. Are you ready to have that on your conscience, Detective Chief Superintendent? Is it really worth the price?"

Foyle contemplates, but says nothing. After another long silence Turner continues. "She was only a German woman…" Foyle winces at the remark. He mentions Judd and Turner almost shrugs as he replies that the man was a blackmailer. Turner takes a deep breath. "You have to take the wider view. This is war." Foyle says nothing, as he wrestles with Turner's reasoning.

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As Sam pulls the Wolesley into the car park of the hospital, she asks Foyle, "Are they going to hang him?"


"Do you mind if I ask you a question? Weren't you tempted to let him go?"

Foyle's expression indicates that he had not found easy the decision to arrest Turner. "Yes, er… yes, I was. Hanging him is… is not going to do anybody much good. And he had a point, I suppose, but, um… I'm a policeman. I'm here to do a job, simple as that. If I start bending the rules I might as well pack it in."

As the two alight from the car, Sam comments, "Yes, but she was a German."

"Well, the war doesn't make any difference at all. She was a human being; she was murdered. Murder is murder. You stop believing that and we might as well not be fighting the war, because you end up like the Nazis."

Milner comes out of the hospital, walking with the aid of crutches. Foyle greets him with "Morning, sergeant! Thought you might like a lift." He smiles and with a little movement of his head, indicates the Wolesley, then turns and walks back to the car. Sam and Milner follow.

Many thanks to Lynne for writing up the episode for us.

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