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Foyle’s War

Sun­day, 8.30pm, ABC1

Oh joy. Michael Kitchen is back as the debonair but mod­est Christo­pher Foyle. We grew to love him in the pre­ced­ing seven sea­sons as the de­tec­tive chief su­per­in­ten­dent based in Hast­ings, Sus­sex, dur­ing World War II. Here we catch up with him, just back from the US. It’s 1946 and Foyle no sooner clears Cus­toms than he’s ap­proached by do­mes­tic coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity agency MI5 to help it in­ves­ti­gate a spy ring. Dream­ing of re­tire­ment, he re­sists the at­tempts to re­cruit him but fi­nally gives in. His pre­cise meth­ods of track­ing down crim­i­nals get up the noses of some MI5 bosses but he car­ries on, with pre­dictable suc­cess. Now, what of Sam (Honey­suckle Weeks), his for­mer po­lice driver? Wasn’t there a sug­ges­tion that Foyle had ro­man­tic in­cli­na­tions to­wards her? Or was I imag­in­ing it? Here in The Eter­nity Ring, the first of three episodes, they re­unite in post-war Lon­don. Sam is mar­ried to as­pir­ing Labour MP Adam Wain­wright (Daniel Wey­man) and is an­gry when she dis­cov­ers Foyle is us­ing her to reach her boss, a nu­clear physi­cist who’s sus­pected of sell­ing se­crets to the enemy. Hard to be­lieve the se­ries, launched in 2002 and writ­ten by An­thony Horowitz ( In­spec­tor Morse), was can­celled in 2007. Only a viewer re­volt brought it back from the abyss. Three more two-hour episodes will go into pro­duc­tion this year.

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