Satisfies with surprise guest star in final season
debuted on Monday on the streaming service Acorn TV. (The onetime PBS drama will be syndicated to public TV stations inMay.)
Did the actor, a self-professed fan of Foyle’s War, ask to be part of the final hurrah?
“It was just one of those lucky things,” he says. “My agent called and said, ‘They want you for something called Foyle’s War. Are you familiar with that?’”
His quick reply: Yes, and sign me up. In High Castle, Mahoney plays an American businessman who profited during the war years and, with his son (Nigel Lindsay), seeks to increase the family’s wealth from oil in the reshaped postwar world.
Their obstacles include the quietly brilliant Christopher Foyle (played by the estimable Michael Kitchen), a former police detective and now MI5 intelligence officer, and his ever-chipper assistant Samantha ( Honeysuckle Weeks). The Soviet game.
Marty Crane was “a very decent man, an honest man. What I’m playing here is not: I’m not nice to Honeysuckle in the scenes I have with her. I’m rotten to my son in the scenes I have with him,” Mahoney says, sounding quite satisfied with playing an evident bad guy.
The second episode is propelled byUKtensions over the formation of aMiddle Eastern Jewish state, and the third puts the spotlight on Foyle’s MI5 boss Hilda Pierce, played again with crisp authority and new depths by Ellie Haddington.
Pierce is a formidable colleague— and sparring partner
the — for Foyle, and the veteran actors make the most of their scenes.
For Mahoney, the series created by Anthony Horowitz hit the sweet spot of what he enjoys as a reader and viewer.
“I love espionage and I love mystery and I love survival and overcoming big odds like they did” in war-battered Britain, he says.
The 74-year-old actor is a UK native whose early childhood coincided with the war: He was born in 1940 in Blackpool, England. That’s where his pregnant mother had been evacuated for safety, but the family soon returned to its home inManchester.
The few memories
that stuck for Mahoney include huddling in an air-raid shelter and playing among bombedout houses. His four older sisters shared their accounts, including tucking him into a baby carriage outfitted with a shield against feared gas attacks.
One sister, who moved to the Midwest after marrying a US sailor, was responsible for Mahoney’s decision to make his life in America. He visited Chicago as a college student and fell in love with it.
“The lake, the skyline, the museums, the symphony, the lyric opera,” he says, with gusto. Add in reliably friendly Midwesterners, Mahoney says, and it’s“my favorite place in the world”.