Foyle's War

Double Commission for Foyle's War - March, 2003; Series 2, Publicity Release (commencement of shooting)

Michael Kitchen is back as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle in two new series of Foyle's War, the top-rating ITV1 drama from Greenlit Productions.

Filming starts this month on four new two-hour films for ITV, followed by a further commission for a third series of four films, which will go into production later in the year.

Set in the beautiful English countryside amid the disorder and danger of World War Two, Foyle’s own war takes place far from the glory of the front. His battle is an ordinary struggle against everyday evil – in extraordinarily dangerous times.

Created by Anthony Horowitz, the first series of Foyle's War attracted more than 10 million viewers in the UK, making it the highest-rating new drama on British television in 2002. It has also been sold to 26 territories around the world.

The new films again co-star Honeysuckle Weeks as Foyle’s driver Sam, Anthony Howell as injured sergeant Paul Milner and Julian Ovenden as Foyle’s son Andrew, along with a host of guest stars.

Set against the background of real events, the second 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. The enigmatic detective’s loyalties are put to the test as his inquiries uncover unpleasant truths that powerful people would rather keep hidden.

Producer Jill Green says: “We were delighted that so many viewers warmed to Foyle’s personal crusade to fight crime on the home front and that ITV has responded by commissioning two new series of films. 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 1941 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 Michael Russell. Jeremy Silberston (Where The Heart Is, Midsomer Murders) returns as director along with Giles Foster (Bertie and Elizabeth, The Prince and the Pauper). The director of photography is Alan Almond.

The second series is produced by Simon Passmore and Jill Green, and is due for transmission on ITV1 later in the year. A Greenlit Production.

With thanks to Shelagh for the publicity material.