February 9, 2003 23:19 | Bits

Foyle's War

I guess you could say I'm a bit of a World War II buff. Nothing too in-depth, mind you: I don't know any dates by heart or any such thing. It's mainly due to the fact that when the kids at school started calling me a nazi because of my german heritage, I figured I should shore up on some facts to prove, without my fists, that I am not... a nazi that is. I read some books, spoke to some relatives. They were all around back then. Heard some rather grizzly stories. Vienna, Bavaria, North Africa.. and atop the cliffs of Normandy.

But that isn't the point of this entry.

I just finished watching the second installment of a wonderful "Masterpiece Theatre" production entitled "Foyle's War". Now I have never been in the least interested in detective stories. Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and the lot; they are not "my thing" really. In any event, this Foyle character: brilliant. A warm, humane man, in touch with what is going on around him and doing his job as best he can. A tear welled when I realised the actor reminded me of my father. More on that in 10 days.

What I appreciate very much about this series however is that it is quick paced, and not stuffy at all as so many overly dramatic british detective stories brough to film tend to be.The villains are realistically detestable and the protagonists are people you really would wish as friends. Everybody, and every situation, is human, and believable.

It truly is a beautiful production and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story well presented.