A young man tries to kill Hilda Pierce, saying "This is for Elise." Visiting her in hospital Foyle meets over-bearing Sir Ian Woodhead, now head of MI6, who, during the war, ran SOE with Hilda, sending undercover agents into occupied France. Foyle learns that Elise was the codename of Sophie Corrigan, an agent killed by the Nazis and that the young man is her brother Miles, out to take revenge on those who sent her to die. At the same time Foyle's department is investigating high powered black marketer Damian White, who has dealings with a Russian diplomat and has corrupt policemen on his payroll. A recovering Hilda tells Foyle that nine agents died in France and the SOE believed that a spy, code-named Plato, was responsible. There are three suspects - one of whom is being blackmailed by White into giving him government papers that he sells to the Soviets. Foyle finally unveils the truth, causing terrible consequences for two people.
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Hawtrey mentions a radio operator's "fist." This was a real term used during the War by the clandestine services to mean a particular wireless operator's personal style while sending Morse code. To someone who was very experienced, an operator's fist was as unique as a fingerprint or a signature, and if an experienced operator had trained someone, he would instantly recognise their fist - or that the fist of an operator he was listening to was not that of the person he had trained. If he had stepped forward to say so, the SOE would have done well to listen to him. See more
How are you feeling?
I thought I'd be more nervous.
Well, be nervous. Be afraid. Fear will help keep you alive.
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
(in 1810 but unpublished until 1867, 40 years after his death)
Heard on piano under main titles See more