ITV, Eleventh Hour Films and Acorn Productions have confirmed today that the award-winning drama series Foyle's War is to come to an end with its final episode airing at 8pm on ITV this coming Sunday, January 18.
Anthony Horowitz OBE, writer and creator of the show has penned the last ever case which will see Michael Kitchen star as Christopher Foyle for the final time.
In the two-hour finale, Foyle is to re-examine Hilda Pierce's top secret role within Special Operations Executive during the war, following an assassination attempt on her life outside MI5.
With the idea first thought up by Horowitz in 2000, Foyle's War has become a string of 24 two-hour films, travelling from the star of the war through Dunkirk, the Blitz, VE Day and the Cold War.
Speaking of the final episode, Horowitz said: "It feels a terrible wrench to say goodbye to characters I've lived with for more than fifteen years. But the truth is that I'm not sure there are any more stories to tell and anyway it was always my intention to end on a high note and I think this year's episodes are the very best we've done.
"I'm proud of what we've achieved with Foyle's War and I'm very grateful to the audience that has stayed with us for so long. I've had a good war."
Executive Producer at Eleventh Hour Films, Jill Green added: "We have made twenty-eight successful feature length films-a huge body of work-with the quality rising every year. So it is good to be closing on a high, and having the time to now offer our loyal audiences new dramas.
"Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks and several crew have been with us for every episode across a fourteen year period... so particular thanks again to them."
Director of Drama at ITV Steve November went on to say: "We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Foyle's War after so many amazing years, but delighted that the finale is so rich and mesmerising. Christopher Foyle has been a classic ITV hero and we are indebted to Anthony Horowitz for creating him and writing so many original stories for him, to Michael Kitchen for bringing him to life so brilliantly and to Eleventh Hour Films for consistently impeccable production."
The cast joining Kitchen in the final episode include series regulars Ellie Haddington, Honeysuckle Weeks, Daniel Weyman, Tim McMullan and Ruper Vansittart.
Guest stars Katherine Press, Emma Fielding, Tony Clay, Leo Gregory and Conleth Hill are all also involved.