New series of TV show Foyle’s War is set to be filmed

A scene from Foyles War filmed in Hastings Old Town
A scene from Foyles War filmed in Hastings Old Town

A NEW series of the popular Hastings-based TV drama Foyle’s War is set to be filmed marking its 10th year.

ITV has commissioned an eighth series of the programme which has featured many sights including St Clements Church in Swan Terrace, houses in Croft Road and fishing boats on Fisherman’s beach at Rock-a-Nore.

Actor Michael Kitchen will return to our screens as detective chief superintendent Christopher Foyle and fans can look out for him filming in and around Hastings in the coming months.

Honeysuckle Weeks is expected to return to the drama playing the character of Samantha Stewart.

The new series will be filmed this year and broadcast on ITV1 in 2013.

It was first aired on ITV in 2002 but axed five years later.

Public demand and a number of complaints prompted ITV to revive the series.

The sixth series proved to be a ratings success in 2008 with more than seven million viewers. And the last series in 2010 saw audience figures reach almost six million.

ITV, Acorn Media, and Eleventh Hour Films confirmed a three-episode series created by celebrated novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.

Set during the early period after the Second World War, Foyle will focus his attention on the world of espionage as he gathers secret intelligence in support of Britain’s security, defence and the Government’s foreign and economic policies.

The stories will range from Foyle identifying highly placed atomic spies to a true story of government corruption.

ITV says the series is a world of transition where the values and certainties of the war have given way to austerity, exhaustion and doubts about the direction the new Government is taking.

In his new role as a senior intelligence officer, Foyle discovers that the British establishment is rife with Communist sympathisers and traitors.

In this delicately balanced period in history, 1946-47, Foyle will use all his intelligence, guile and intuition to keep the country safe. Michael Kitchen said: “It’s great to be wanted and a pleasure to be back.”

Foyle’s War will go into production in London in September and the new episodes will broadcast on ITV1 in 2013.

Mr Horowitz will write episodes one and three with David Kane responsible for episode two.

Speaking about Foyle’s new role creator, Mr Horowitz said: “I have returned to Foyle’s War because there are still some amazing stories I want to tell. The war may be over but Foyle’s career goes on.”