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Elise 

Foyle must find out if there was a traitor within the SOE after Hilda Pierce is shot in an attempted assassination.

Director:

Andy Hay

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Hilda Pierce
Jesse Fox Jesse Fox ... Miles Corrigan
Colin Connor Colin Connor ... Doorman
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Alec Meyerson
Tim McMullan ... Arthur Valentine
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Samantha Wainwright
Simon Hepworth ... Doctor Parsons
Conleth Hill ... Sir Ian Woodhead
David Ericsson David Ericsson ... Kenton
Julian Lewis Jones ... James Stafford
Ronnie Fox ... Derek Gates
Henry Garrett ... Neville Smith
Leo Gregory ... Damian White
Daniel Weyman ... Adam Wainwright
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Storyline

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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Hilda Pierce: How are you feeling?
Sophie Corrigan: I thought I'd be more nervous.
Hilda Pierce: Well, be nervous. Be afraid. Fear will help keep you alive.
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Soundtracks

Fur Elise
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (in 1810 but unpublished until 1867, 40 years after his death)
Heard on piano under main titles
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That's how to end a series.
1 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I can't think of many shows that end in sheer brilliance, but how fitting for a fabulous show like Foyle's War that it should end with an episode like Elise.

The transformation from war time murder mystery drama to John Le Carre styled thrillers has been incredible. When you watch the early episodes they have a very Agatha Christie/Midsomer Murders feel to them, please don't take that as a criticism, far from it, I love both, but the latter episodes are very different.

Elise deals with the shooting of Hilda, illegal trading, Police corruption, treachery, and of course spies.

Fantastic from start to finish, a fabulous story, superb production values, and incredible acting. Michael Kitchen as great as ever, he's been incredible throughout the show and signs off in style, loved his scenes with Honeysuckle Weeks. If I'm honest, the standout in this episode was Ellie Haddington, Hilda has been an interesting character, and grown in stature, in Elise she was very much centre stage, and performed expertly.

Such a quality episode, I always thought Foyle's War was intended as a replacement for Morse and Poirot. Thank goodness we at least have Endeavour.

Thanks Michael Kitchen and co. 10/10


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