To blow off steam after what can be a very long day, Christine and I will occasionally watch TV, like most of the rest of the world. Most of what we watch is on DVD, and my current favorite is a show called Foyle’s War, created by Anthony Horowitz. It’s a combination of murder mystery and historical fiction, at the outset of World War II. Played by veteran Michael Kitchen, Chief Detective Inspector Foyle covers the beat of Hastings, an English coastal town. Kitchen depicts our hero as a stiff-upper-lipped classic English gentleman, with a stick so far up his posterior, you wonder how he walks.
What I like about the show is that it really gives you a feel for the sorts of hardships the British endured during the war, and how they endured them. Families were torn apart, there was very limited food to eat, there were prisoners of war, bombings, land confiscations by the government, the invasion of the American troops. And mixed into all of this, a murder or two.
While there’s occasional blood and guts, there are no DNA labs, no fancy police cars, or for that matter, fancy getaway cars. Just a game of wit to get you through.
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love, love, LOVE that show! Like most BBC shows I knew it had to have a limited lifespan and they typically have only several episodes per season, never mind the fact that WWII did have a terminus – so I was thrilled when they came out with a few episodes after VE Day.
It’s not at all the same period piece – but if you like the slower pace, the Brit flavor for murder and the deduction, I highly recommend Inspector Morse, plus there is a really nice Jag and Oxford as a stunning backdrop…though I have to say in the relatively short time its been on, I have become a fan of its sequel, Lewis.