Foyle's War: The Russian House

Sunday, 11 April 2010, 8:00PM

Michael Kitchens returns to star in a brand new series of ITV1’s top rating and award winning drama Foyle’s War. The three new films see the return of Samantha Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) and the newly promoted Detective Inspector Paul Milner (Anthony Howell).

Episode One, The Russian House, focuses on the return of the Cossacks to Russia once the war was over. In a secret codicil, signed in March 1945, the British agreed to the forced repatriation of all émigré Russians…in the full knowledge that this would lead to their brutal executions.

It’s July 1945 and the dawning of a new era. Britain is settling into peacetime, a new Labour government is waiting in the wings and Foyle is itching to retire. Sam has found work as a housekeeper with an eminent artist, Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones and Milner is finding his feet as the new Detective Inspector in Brighton’s police force.

When Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones is found dead in his home, suspicion falls on a young Russian prisoner of war, Niko, whom Sir Leonard has taken under his wing. Niko flees the Sussex coast and heads for The Russian House, a sanctuary for Russians in London, closely followed by DCS Foyle who has been asked to track him down by the War Office. Sam, convinced of Niko’s innocence and deeply concerned about his safety, persuades Foyle to take her with him – at least she will be a friendly face if they do find him. However, when Foyle stumbles upon an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit his life is put in danger like never before.

It doesn’t take DCS Foyle long to piece together that the War Office is involved in an international cover up, in danger of putting hundreds of lives at risk. If exposed it could bring down the British government. And the secret that he discovers, the dark heart of this episode, is the cold-blooded betrayal of the Cossacks.

The Second World War is over, the Cold War is about to begin.

The Russian House stars Eleanor Bron, Christopher Good, Tom Goodman-Hill, Marcel Iures and Tim Pigott-Smith alongside Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell. Max Brown joins the cast for this seventh series as Sam’s new love interest.


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