Foyle's War (2002–2015)
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Sunflower 

Foyle is drawn into the bizarre murder of an ex-Nazi defector and leading expert on Soviet intelligence who had been working for MI5.

Director:

Andy Hay

Writer:

Anthony Horowitz (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kitchen ... Christopher Foyle
Lars Eidinger ... Karl Strasser
Jodie Hay Jodie Hay ... Student
Charles Aitken ... Thomas Nelson
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Alec Meyerson
Daniel Weyman ... Adam Wainwright
Mary Sheen Mary Sheen ... Mrs. Jones
Jeremy Swift ... Glenvil Harris
Andrew Tiernan ... Geoffrey Helliwell
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Sam Wainwright
Jimmy MacDermott Jimmy MacDermott ... Dr. Phillips (as Jimmy Macdermott)
Tamzin Outhwaite ... Brenda Stevens
David Hounslow ... Parry-Jones
Richard Dillane ... Charles Roper
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Arthur Valentine
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Storyline

Foyle is asked to protect Karl Strasser, a former Nazi officer masquerading as a Dutch citizen and now working with MI5 to catch Russian spies. Strasser believes he is being followed and that he is in danger. American colonel Jackson wants Strasser in connection with a war-time atrocity known as Operation Sunflower in which the German's patrol shot unarmed allied servicemen. The sole survivor, Tommy Nelson, recognizes Strasser and follows him but when Strasser is killed by a car bomb Foyle finds no shortage of other suspects, including the landlady and fellow tenants at his lodgings, who knew who he was as well as Tommy and the Americans. Meanwhile Adam gets involved with a farmer battling the government to return his land and accusing a cabinet minister of conspiracy. His use of Sam to look into the matter leads him to learn a bitter political lesson but at least she has good news for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English | German | Polish

Release Date:

29 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The character of Kurt Strasser is likely inspired by Kurt Meyer, the real commander of the 12th SS Panzergruppe Hitlerjungend. After the war he was found guilty of war crimes for the massacre of 20 Canadian soldiers in the garden of the Ardenne Abbey (near Caen) on June 7 and 8, 1944, during the Battle of Normandy. His sentence was commuted and he was released in 1954. See more »

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Operation Sunflower or Operation Sonnenblume was actually a German offensive launched in February 1941 designed to reinforce Italian troops with German armored divisions. There were no SS involved. The operation referenced in the episode may be Operation Lüttich, a counter offensive ordered by Hitler and launched in August 1944. Combined SS and Wehrmacht armored divisions were ordered to recapture land lost to the U.S. 7th Corps. Most of the fighting occurred in Mortain, France which is where the traumatized Thomas Nelson said the fictitious massacre committed by SS troops occurred.

Thomas also claims that Karl Strasser was an officer of the 12th SS Armored division. The 12th SS was mostly a Hitler Youth armored division which was all but obliterated in the opening days of Operation Overlord. In August, it was incapable of being any use to an offensive so it was tasked with defending the German's retreat routes and supply lines. The 2nd SS and part of the 1st SS armored were the only SS divisions involved in Mortain. The 12th SS was later charged with war crimes for executing Canadian POWs.

Additionally, there were no U.S. artillery units in Mortain, contrary to Nelson's story. See more »

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Karl Strasser: Rembrandt died on the fourth of October 1669. And in his last self-portraits I think you see a sense of calm and of resignation. He had known so much turmoil and personal unhappiness that at the end he found an acceptance. It was perhaps a triumph of art over life. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We will be visiting Kenwood halls on Tuesday. There are still places left, so please, let me know if you wish to come.
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No Shrinking Violets
25 September 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an interesting use of the series. Foyle is playing in the big leagues, working in high espionage situations. In this one, a man who was once a Gestapo agent has come to work as a professor at a university. Even though he has a checkered past, he seems to be "valuable" to Foyle's employers. A man who is suffering from serious injuries, both mental and physical, recognizes this man. The aforementioned Nazi senses that someone is out to get him. Many players are brought into the fold, working undercover, to protect this guy. Or are they? Anyway, there are some quick changes in this episode, a few red herrings, and some good twists. I really enjoyed this.


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