Press Pack - October 2004

Production Notes - Series 3

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.

It's 1941 and 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 and novelist Anthony Horowitz, Foyle's War became an instant hit at its debut in 2002. The first series won the Lew Grade Audience Award at the 2003 BAFTA Television Awards, the second series was nominated for a BAFTA for best television series, and it has been sold to more than 20 countries around the world.

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

Corin Redgrave, Bill Paterson, Stella Gonet, Samuel West, Angela Thorne and James Wilby 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 caught up in a row between rival spy organisations, and investigating a killing in the grounds of a country manor taken over to house a radical burns unit. Sam also goes to work with land girls after a murder at a farm, and the detectives probe suspicious goings-on at a shipyard which is the scene of an unexploded bomb.

Once again, 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: "Making Foyle's War is an enormous challenge but I believe our new films are better and stronger than ever. We're really proud of the way they combine complex and meaty storylines with real historical detail from the war. We're very grateful to our fantastic cast and crew for the talent, care and attention they bring to the series."

Filmed in London and the southern counties of England, Foyle's War is written by Anthony Horowitz, with one episode from Rob Heyland. The directors are Jeremy Silberston (Where The Heart Is, Midsomer Murders) and Gavin Millar (The Crow Road, King of Fridges). The producer is Keith Thompson (The Cry, Jake's Progress) and the executive producer is Jill Green. A Greenlit Production for ITV1.

The producers thank the Ministry of Defence and the British Red Cross for authorisation to use the protective red cross emblem under the UK Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

Production Credits

Creator and Writer ... Anthony Horowitz
Executive Producer ... Jill Green
Producer ... Keith Thompson
Directors ... Jeremy Silberston, Gavin Millar
Writer ... Rob Heyland
Director of Photography ... Peter Middleton BSC
Production Designer ... Martyn John
Composer ... Jim Parker
Script Editor ... Rachel Snell
Line Producer ... Ian Scaife
Make up Designer ... Sarah Grundy
Costume Designer ... Maria Price
Casting Director ... Joyce Nettles
Editors ... Ian Farr, Angus Newton
Publicity ... Shelagh Pymm, Gillian Nesbitt

Press-pack courtesy Shelagh & Gillian