ITV has announced that Anthony Horowitz’s wartime detective drama Foyle’s War will air for the final time on Sunday.
Déjà vu? Us too. The show was first cancelled after its fourth series in 2007 but then returned the following year. Creator Horowitz worried fans once again in 2013 when he claimed that series seven would be his last, saying: “it might be best to quit while we’re ahead”.
Yet two years later Horowitz did return: Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) and Samantha Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks) have recently been attracting millions of viewers on Sunday evenings.
“It feels a terrible wrench to say goodbye to characters I’ve lived with for more than fifteen years,” Horowitz said this time. “But the truth is that I’m not sure there are any more stories to tell and anyway it was always my intention to end on a high note and I think this year’s episodes are the very best we’ve done.”
Jill Green, executive producer of Eleventh Hour Films, said: “We have made 28 successful feature-length films – a huge body of work – with the quality rising every year. So it is good to be closing on a high, and having the time to now offer our loyal audiences new dramas.
“Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks and several crew have been with us for every episode across a 14-year period,” she added. “So particular thanks again to them.”
In a string of mysteries and murders the drama has transported viewers to Dunkirk, the Blitz, VE Day and the Cold War.
ITV’s director of drama Steve November said: “We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Foyle’s War after so many amazing years, but delighted that the finale is so rich and mesmerising. Christopher Foyle has been a classic ITV hero and we are indebted to Anthony Horowitz for creating him.”
The final episode of Foyle’s War’s will air on Sunday 18th January on ITV.