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Feeling the chill; BEST TV We love The period drama enters the Cold Wera with all its political intrigue and ten.

Byline: Jen Rodger & Neil Batey

NEW SERIES FOYLE'S WAR Sun ITV 8pm The biggest battle has already been fought and won by this war-time drama - - and it happened off the screen. It was axed in 2007, only to then be brought back by popular demand in 2012, and now Foyle's War can call itself one of ITV's longest-running and most successful dramas.

It can even award itself an extra medal, for overseas services, because, like Downton Abbey, Foyle's War is popular in the US.

For star Honeysuckle Weeks, 35, who has been part of the Second World War show since she was 21, it is just the acclaim she feels it deserves.

"The length of time it has been on proves it is a quality show," says Honeysuckle. She plays plucky Sam Stewart, who serves the war effort by helping Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, above) solve crimes on the home front.

"I think it has raised the bar for drama generally," sh"We're seeing the resultthe quality shows that aTV now. It's the writing, production values... and obviously the acting. It's attention to detail in the

As Honeysuckle - w husband Adam is played aniel Weyman - says, the success of the dramdown to its historical acusing 1940s planes and "Every year they try tme into itchy perio underwear and complain an M&S," Hon laughs. "Y not even g see it - or I pray not

" The three two-hour in the eighth series are set in the early days of the Cold War. Foyle is now an MI5 officer, and the storyline incorporates the tangled creation of the state of Israel in British Palestine.

"It's very pertinent to our time," says Honeysuckle. "The writer, Anthony Horowitz, has the knack of doing that."

Maybe Foyle and Sam will continue to solve crimes up to modern times. Which would be great news, especially for Honeysuckle's under-crackers!

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 3, 2015
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