Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Bleak Midwinter 

The death of a woman in a munitions factory becomes linked with the murder of Milner's estranged wife as he falls under suspicion and Foyle strives to clear his name.


Gavin Millar


Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ambler Kate Ambler ... Grace Phillips
Gavin Brocker ... Harry Osborne
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Hilda Greenwood
Sian Brooke ... Phyllis Law
Ron Cook ... Eddie Baker
Caroline Martin ... Edith Ashford
Anthony Howell ... Paul Milner
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Michael Parkhouse Michael Parkhouse ... Brian Tremayne
Alexander Perkins ... PC Peters
Jay Simpson ... Sgt Brooke
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Stewart
Will Beer ... Eric Clayton
John Kane ... Neville Johnson
Mali Harries Mali Harries ... Jane Milner


December 1942: DCS Foyle investigates the death of Grace Phillips who died in what appears to be an accident in a munitions factory. Grace, who had been living with her boyfriend Harry Osborne, had become very sad of late and had mysteriously mentioned something about thievery to a fellow worker just a week before her death. Sgt. Milner's estranged wife Jane, whom he's not seen for over two years, visits him unexpectedly. Jane knew the dead girl and had important information for her husband, but she is killed while on her way to tell him. When evidence points to Sgt. Milner as the perpetrator, Foyle is forced to suspend him. Meanwhile the staff at the police station are overly preoccupied with the evidence gathered in a racketeering case - especially a plump turkey. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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11 February 2007 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jane Milner refers to the marriage act. In this act one of the grounds for divorce is that of abandonment for a period of at least three years. If she had stayed away for three years she would have no legal grounds to fight a divorce. As she had been away for less than three years, Paul would have to fight her in court, proving that her attempt to return was not due to reconciliation but because she wanted to take advantage of him. See more »


The opening title says it is set in December 1942, the season its name indicates.. There is a lot of 'snow' on the ground at a funeral. But the trees are green. See more »


Paul Milner: I just wanted Jane out of my life.
Christopher Foyle: She is now.
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Bleak Midwinter
30 November 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

We see a young woman Grace Phillips leaving her boyfriend and going to work in a munitions factory where security is stringent. She drank something before she left for work and she seems tired as she is working. She dozes off on the job and blows herself up. Grace's boyfriend Harry Osborne is planning something with a friend and he is a big fan of Jimmy Cagney in White Heat.

Meanwhile Milner's estranged wife Jane returns after some years away. She wants to get back together with him just as he has started a close relationship with someone else. Both he and Jane have a public argument and later she is found dead. Milner becomes a suspect with some evidence pointing towards him.

I found the story relating to Mrs Milner's death ham fisted. Milner has a public argument in a restaurant where people overhear him making threats to Jane Milner. Then at the start of the episode when Foyle raids another restaurant for selling blackmarket food for Christmas. Milner tells off a police constable who was confiscating food from the kitchen for himself. You can tell where this was all going.

Even the plot dealing with the death of Grace Phillips and the aftermath was clumsy. The villain was too much of an unhinged bad guy who wanted to go out in a blaze of glory.

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