Foyle's War

Series 5 - 2. Casualties of War

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Could this be the end for the famously succinct wartime detective? It looks like it in this 2007 story when his principles are pushed beyond their breaking point.

It’s 1943 in Hastings and in Foyle’s War terms it’s a time when criminals are good-hearted scallywags, when foreigners are mysterious and wear velvet smoking jackets, and when a secret project that’s vital to the war effort is jeopardised by a murder.

Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle (the splendid Michael Kitchen) comes up against a Barnes Wallis-type inventor when scandal threatens to engulf this vital work, but despite his entreaties that nothing can be allowed to get in its way, Foyle remains unmoved. Actually, nothing much ever moves Foyle – not even the arrival on his doorstep, unannounced, of the goddaughter he hasn’t seen for ten years.

About this programme

2/2. The detective's god-daughter Lydia and her son James - who is severely traumatised by a bombing at his school - come to stay unexpectedly. Struggling to look after the lad when his mother goes missing, Foyle's life suffers a further complication when the body of a local man is found near a military centre - leading him into the top-secret world of weapons research. Kate Fleetwood and Michael Jayston guest star, with Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks.

Cast and crew


Det Chief Supt Christopher Foyle
Michael Kitchen
Samantha Stewart
Honeysuckle Weeks
Sgt Paul Milner
Anthony Howell
Terry Morgan
Harry Eden
Frank Morgan
Gerard Kearns
Jose Oliviera de Perez
Stanley Townsend
Lydia Nicholson
Kate Fleetwood
James Nicholson
Joshua Lewis
Captain Boothroyd
Richard Clothier
Professor Henry Townsend
Dermot Crowley
Hans Lindemann
Soren Byder
Sgt Brooke
Jay Simpson
Evelyn Richards
Abigail Cruttenden
Michael Richards
Kevin Doyle
Assistant Commissioner Parkins
Michael Jayston
Shane Attwooll
Nigel Harrison
Roger Monk
Dominic Howell
George Woodridge
Sam Beazley
Mother Superior
Stephanie Jacob
Edith Ashford
Caroline Martin


Tristram Powell
Executive Producer
Jill Green
Keith Thompson
Anthony Horowitz