22 July 2018 | Prismark10
A food manufacturing business owned by Sir Reginald Walker has concluded a top secret deal via his son Simon to continue doing business with Nazi Germany. The secretary is furtively passing the information on to someone in Hastings and falls to her death.
Sir Reginald Walker's safe is later burgled by a local called Markham on behest of his defence barrister, Stephen Beck (Alan Howard) who happens to be a refugee from Germany. The burglar finds the papers that Beck wants but he hides them instead and is later found dead when some war games are held in the Walker estate.
Foyle is the referee for the war games where he comes across Sergeant Milner's predecessor, Jack Devlin who signed up to go to war. Devlin was involved in an earlier arrest of Markham and disliked him.
This episode looks at the role of Nazi collaborators during the war. You get the sense that some British companies were not just doing business with Germany for money but that the bosses behind the companies shared their ideology which is certainly the case here.
This story had wonderful production design it was like looking at one of the early Poirot episodes. With Alan Howard in the cast it meant Michael Kitchen had to raise his game and it shows in the later scenes between the two.
I think this could had been a much better story but it felt at times just too convenient. Those little kids who just happen to find important papers before they were burned. How did they manage to just go in and out of the Walker estate so easily all the time when they had Doberman's supposedly protecting it?