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The French Drop 

February 1941: A local murder investigation sidetracks Foyle's endeavor to pursue a position that would contribute more to the war effort as he finds himself caught between rival spy organizations.


Gavin Millar


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Harders ... French Agent
Mark Berry Mark Berry ... William Messinger / Facteur
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Amanda Pointer Amanda Pointer ... Admiralty Receptionist
Samuel West ... Lt. Col. James Wintringham
Timothy Carlton ... Admiral James Francis
Ronald Pickup ... Sir Giles Messinger
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Commander Charles Howard
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Brian Poyser Brian Poyser ... Rev. Aubrey Stewart
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Hilda Pierce
Dave Hill ... Jack Fenner
Anthony Howell ... Sergeant Paul Milner
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sergeant Eric Rivers
John Grillo ... Watchmaker


Detective Chief Inspector Foyle is still itching to make a greater contribution to the war effort and there is the possibility of an appointment to Naval Intelligence in Liverpool. Sgt. Milner's wife has left him and returned to Wales and he too is considering leaving Hastings and to start afresh. They first have to investigate the death of a young man who died in an explosion. The body was badly disfigured and the only thing they have to go on is the man's gold pocket watch but they believe him to be William Messinger, the son of Sir Giles Messinger. Foyle traces the younger Messinger to a secret training school, Hill House, and determines that they're dealing with a clever deception and competition between military intelligence and the newly formed Special Operations Executive. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War


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24 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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The character Eric Stafford (Paul Brennen), a Special Operations Executive (SOE) combat instructor, has much in common with real life SOE combat instructor William Ewart Fairbairn. Stafford is said to have served with the Shanghai Municipal Police as did Fairbairn from 1907 until 1940. See more »


This is 1941. In the background the radio plays Le Mer, sung by Charles Trenet (at the training camp. Trenet only composed this song in 1943 and the first recording of any kind was in 1946. See more »


Samantha Stewart: [Sam has come to pick up her boss from the SOE HQ] Good afternoon sir!
DCS Christopher Foyle: Glad to see you!
Samantha Stewart: I was rather worried they weren't going to let you out.
DCS Christopher Foyle: So was I.
Samantha Stewart: So what do they actually do here?
DCS Christopher Foyle: You wouldn't believe me, if I told you.
Samantha Stewart: Are you going to?
DCS Christopher Foyle: No.
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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Another outstanding episode.
15 September 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Fifteen years ago this was transmitted, and it is still as brilliant as it was when first transmitted. The French Drop is a wonderful, clever episode, which once again makes you think and see things differently, about life in Britain during WW2. It is almost terrifying to imagine how much collateral damage occured, but as it's unpalatable, most chose to ignore it. This episode looks at that very thing, with Foyle of course there to address matters.

Some wonderful characters, including the return of the wonderful Hilda, Ellie Haddington was so well cast, I'm so glad she became a regular. Tony Haygarth's ex brothel owner character was also great, and needled Foyle, again posing the morality question.

Well acted, well shot, with a terrific story, it works incredibly well as a murder mystery, as you are in the dark until the end, but it's so much more, it's about Foyle putting country before Justice. I found this one very impressive.

Lots of talk about the show coming back, please make it happen. 10/10

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