Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Sunflower 

Foyle is drawn into the bizarre murder of an ex-Nazi defector and leading expert on Soviet intelligence who had been working for MI5.

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
Lars Eidinger ... Karl Strasser
Jodie Hay Jodie Hay ... Student
Charles Aitken ... Thomas Nelson
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Alec Meyerson
Daniel Weyman ... Adam Wainwright
Mary Sheen Mary Sheen ... Mrs. Jones
Jeremy Swift ... Glenvil Harris
Andrew Tiernan ... Geoffrey Helliwell
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Sam Wainwright
Jimmy MacDermott Jimmy MacDermott ... Dr. Phillips (as Jimmy Macdermott)
Tamzin Outhwaite ... Brenda Stevens
David Hounslow ... Parry-Jones
Richard Dillane ... Charles Roper
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Arthur Valentine
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Storyline

Foyle is asked to protect Karl Strasser, a former Nazi officer masquerading as a Dutch citizen and now working with MI5 to catch Russian spies. Strasser believes he is being followed and that he is in danger. American colonel Jackson wants Strasser in connection with a war-time atrocity known as Operation Sunflower in which the German's patrol shot unarmed allied servicemen. The sole survivor, Tommy Nelson, recognizes Strasser and follows him but when Strasser is killed by a car bomb Foyle finds no shortage of other suspects, including the landlady and fellow tenants at his lodgings, who knew who he was as well as Tommy and the Americans. Meanwhile Adam gets involved with a farmer battling the government to return his land and accusing a cabinet minister of conspiracy. His use of Sam to look into the matter leads him to learn a bitter political lesson but at least she has good news for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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12 | See all certifications »
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UK | Ireland | USA

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English | German | Polish

Release Date:

20 May 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The character of Kurt Strasser is likely inspired by Kurt Meyer, the real commander of the 12th SS Panzergruppe Hitlerjungend. After the war he was found guilty of war crimes for the massacre of 20 Canadian soldiers in the garden of the Ardenne Abbey (near Caen) on June 7 and 8, 1944, during the Battle of Normandy. His sentence was commuted and he was released in 1954. See more »

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Fifty star US flags, for an episode that takes place in 1946. See more »

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Karl Strasser: Rembrandt died on the fourth of October 1669. And in his last self-portraits I think you see a sense of calm and of resignation. He had known so much turmoil and personal unhappiness that at the end he found an acceptance. It was perhaps a triumph of art over life. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We will be visiting Kenwood halls on Tuesday. There are still places left, so please, let me know if you wish to come.
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Good but sad but also happy
20 October 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

I want to say Foyle's War is a great series. Michael Kitchen/Foyle and his driver Honeysuckle Weeks/Sam are such good actors. It shows how a honest police man is investigating criminals and arresting them but war is on at this time and the military won't let him do his job.

This is a story like many others where the British protect war terrorist and killers so they can get information out of them by protecting them, giving them a different name and safe housing.

Sunflower is a field where many Americans were murdered and the man that ordered the murders is a Nazi but a confidant of the British who want to protect him from arrest from the Americans or retribution from the people he hurt.

There is a lot going on in this episode a high ranking man has a plot of land surveyed and orders the surveyor to double the price it is worth so the original owner does not buy it back. He claims his intentions are good but Sam's husband Mr Wainwright thinks his boss committed fraud and calls him out on it.

In the end Foyle goes against a lot of higher ups who have been protecting this Nazi that is given the British some of the Nazi secrets.

Foyle is kind of sad but knows he did the right thing. Sam on the other hand is pregnant and tells her husband. They are both surprised and happy.

It breaks my heart in many of the BBC stories there are so many secret agencies that are against each other protecting killers in war just to get them to give them information. To me this is a double slap in the face for victims of war.


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