The last original episode ever of "Foyle's War" became available today on the streaming service Acorn.TV, and it is as pitch-perfect an ending to a great series as anyone could want.
From the moment the series debuted on U.S. TV in 2003, it was obvious that Michael Kitchen as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle and Honeysuckle Weeks as his military driver Samantha (Sam) Wainwright were a winning combination. She brought buckets of youthful, can-do optimism to his his hard-eyed, world-weary integrity as they went about solving crimes in World War II England.
About 30 minutes into the penultimate episode, true fans of the series will feel a wave of nostalgia, when the two arrive at a crime scene and Wainwright says, "This is like the old days, sir. Dead bodies, police, grand old house."
Only now, it's the end. Anthony Horowitz, the gifted creator of the series, is writing a James Bond novel, and ITV isn't interested in trying to go on without his distinctive voice.
The finale, which went online today, focuses on Hilda Pierce (Ellie Haddington), Foyle's boss at MI5. The script skillfully uses an attempt on her life to revisit the war years and exquisitely plumb the depths of innocence lost – and sometimes betrayed during that epic victory by England.
I will go nowhere near the plot for fear of spoilers. If you loved this series as much as I did, I can see you getting really angry at anyone who would spoil one second of this splendidly melancholy TV moment.
This finale is exclusive to Acorn.TV. It has the rights to these final three episodes and the entire catalog of the series.
I wrote a few months ago about the shift in Brit drama and comedy to streaming services like Acorn.TV at the expense of PBS.