In an episode titled “Sunflower,” Foyle is given the distasteful task of protecting art historian Professor Peter Van Haren, an undercover ex-Nazi and a valuable MI5 intelligence asset against the Russians. But when Van Haren lectures a group of students on the self-portraits of the artist Rembrandt, his presence causes a young man to suffer a frightening flashback which ends in tragedy.You can enjoy a video preview of the episode here.
“Sunflower” will be broadcast as part of PBS-TV’s Masterpiece Mystery! series, beginning tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
I wasn’t sure what would become of Foyle’s War, after that British show brought World War II to an end. But former Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Kitchen), currently living in London (not Hastings) in 1946, has made the most of his new career with MI5. His police experience, honesty, and take-no-bullshit style make him an interesting fit in the world of international spies and clandestine plotting. Meanwhile, Samantha “Sam” Stewart (Weeks)--now married to an ambitious but caring young politician--is demonstrating great savvy as his sleuthing associate. I hope that UK network ITV will commission still more Foyle for the near future.
If you need to catch up on the previous two episodes of season seven, before watching “Sunflower,” read Leslie Gilbert Elman’s critiques--here and here--in Criminal Element.
UPDATE: Leslie Gilbert Elman recaps “Sunflower.”