Press Pack - October 2003

Production Notes - Series 2

Michael Kitchen returns as the quietly enigmatic detective Christopher Foyle in a new series of ITV1's top-rating and award-winning drama Foyle's War from Greenlit Productions.

As World War Two rages over Europe, Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle fights his own battle against murder, mystery and betrayal on the south coast of England. Although the beautiful countryside seems far away from the glory of the front, Foyle's battle is an ordinary struggle against everyday evil - in extraordinarily dangerous times.

From the pen of acclaimed scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz, Foyle's War was the highest-rating new drama on British television in 2002, attracting more than 10 million viewers. It won the Lew Grade Audience Award at this year's BATFA Television Awards and has been sold to more than 20 countries around the world.

The new series of two-hour films also stars Anthony Howell as injured sergeant Paul Milner, Honeysuckle Weeks as Foyle's driver Sam and Julian Ovenden as Foyle's son Andrew, a pilot in the RAF.

Emily Blunt, Selina Cadell, Joanna David, Nicholas Farrell, Tom Georgeson, Alan Howard, Adrian Lukis, Corin Redgrave, Amanda Root and David Troughton are among the crème of British talent who co-star in the four films.

Set against the background of real events, the new series sees Foyle and his team investigating a looting racket which ends in murder, an illicit trade in fuel, a shooting during Home Guard manoeuvres and a secret wartime hideaway. Foyle's loyalties are put to the test as his inquiries uncover unpleasant truths that powerful people would rather keep hidden.

Executive Producer Jill Green says: "We were delighted that so many viewers warmed to Foyle's personal crusade to fight crime on the home front. The Second World War evokes deep-felt emotions and Foyle's War clearly struck a chord both here and around the world.

"Our new series is set in 1940 with Foyle, Sam and Milner investigating seemingly minor crimes in and around Hastings while an epic drama is unfolding on the world stage. But the cases soon lead them down dark and dangerous paths and Foyle finds his quest for morality tested to the limit."

Filmed in London and the South Coast of England, Foyle's War is written by Anthony Horowitz, and co-written by Anthony with Michael Russell and Matthew Hall. The directors are Jeremy Silberston (Where The Heart Is, Midsomer Murders) and Giles Foster (Bertie and Elizabeth, The Prince and the Pauper) and the producers are Simon Passmore (Forgive and Forget, Imogen's Face) and Jill Green. A third series of Foyle's War has already been commissioned, and will be filmed in the New Year for screening later in 2004. A Greenlit Production for ITV1.