Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz says the new series will feature a shock for viewers

"It's always been a series about a good man in evil times and I felt - particularly as we're moving towards the end of the series - that I really wanted to confront Foyle with the ultimate evil"

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Anthony Horowitz, the creator of Foyle’s War, has promised that the upcoming eighth series of the ITV drama will be more ambitious than those that have come before – and contain a shock for viewers.

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Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Horowitz said: “We have a very broad spectrum of stories. I think it’s our best work and there is a shock in the third episode.”

The previous run of the Michael Kitchen-starring drama moved the action from the Second World War to the post-war period with Foyle recruited to MI5. And Horowitz – who is currently promoting his new book Moriarty – assured fans that the narrative will pick up from where the last series left off.

“It’s now 1947 and we move directly on from where we were at the end of the last season. The first story will be concerned with the Nuremberg Trials, not of the Nazis, but of the industrialists who supported Hitler and who built the furnaces and the bombs.

“The second episode will look at Palestine, which is very ambitious because it’s a complicated and divisive field. And the third one looks at a scandal within the Special Operations Executive, which has only recently come to light.  It’s one of the most horrendous stories of the Second World War, which seems inexplicable even now.”

Horowitz also hinted that Foyle’s War may be fast approaching its end and that he wanted to put his hero to the test: “It’s always been a series about a good man in evil times and I felt – particularly as we’re moving towards the end of the series – that I really wanted to confront Foyle with the ultimate evil. 

“So, for this season, we’ve built a concentration camp because Foyle visits Monowitz. Monowitz has been razed, so we couldn’t film there. And you’re not allowed to film in concentration camps anyway. Quite correctly, in my view. So we had to build it ourselves.”

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ITV has not yet set a transmission date for the new series of Foyle’s War but it is expected to be broadcast in 2015.