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Foyles War Analysis

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Question 2 Oliver Latham The drama series: 'Foyles War' describes the happenings in a seaside town during the Second World War focusing particularly on local crime. The detective featured deals with a number of different cases including murder, looting and spying. The series was written by Anthony Horowitz in 2002 before being broadcasted in 2003. It is set in Hastings, September 1940: at the beginning of the war. Horowitz once said 'every character, every weapon and almost every incident is based upon historical fact' and this is supported by the fact that detailed research into wartime crime had been undertaken by Mr. Horowitz himself before writing the programme. ...read more.


The punishment given for looting was hanging and this is mentioned a couple of times in the film; however no one ever actually got hanged for looting during the war which suggests it might not have been as big a problem as was first thought, or simply that looters were let off such a drastic form of punishment. Murder is also included and we know from sources that murder rate increased dramatically in the war such as in the case of 'Harry Dobkin' who murdered his wife and buried her under bomb wreckage hoping she would be discovered as an air raid victim. The way the investigations are carried out by the police is done quite realistically and is well written so as to create an exciting yet believable drama. ...read more.


In conclusion this source is very reliable in that it is based on historical facts that have been collected by the author. The looting crime is shown exactly as it might have happened with AFS uniforms and a sign afterwards reading 'Hanging' which we know the Lord Mayor of London suggested be put up to warn people of the consequences of their actions. Conversely this drama was designed to entertain its audience and as a result it must be dramatized and therefore painting a less accurate view on crime rate in Hastings during the war. Overall I think this is quite a reliable source as it shows a wide variety of crime situations that may have happened as well as suggesting the way the police force in that area may have reacted. ...read more.

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