Following the successful re-tooling of the series last season, ITV has order a ninth season of their period drama Foyle’s War. The commercial broadcaster has ordered three two-hour episodes, all of which will be written by series creator Anthony Horowitz. Production on season nine is slated to commence in January, with ITV eyeing a 2015 premiere.
Crated by Anthony Horowitz, Foyle’s War originally followed Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, who investigated criminals taking advantage of the circumstances in the UK during World War Two. The show’s eighth season saw a slight re-tooling with Foyle, now a senior intelligence officer, focusing 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. In season nine, Foyle continues in his role as a Senior Intelligence Officer for MI5, finding himself immersed in the dangerous world of espionage at a time in our country’s history when political and foreign governmental relationships were delicately balanced. The drama series is produced for ITV and Acorn Productions by Eleventh Hour Films & stars Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks. Stuart Orme and Andy Hay are on-board to direct season nine.
“We are delighted to see the return of Foyle’s War to ITV,” said ITV’s Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson, who recommissioned the series alongside Director of Drama Steve November. “Anthony Horowitz has written three outstanding episodes and the audience are in for a real treat. This series also gives us the chance to take the shoot to one of the jewels of the North West, Liverpool.”
Executive Producer Jill Green commented: “Anthony’s masterful storytelling and fascinating untold stories combined with a compelling performance from Michael Kitchen, will guarantee another gripping series.”
While Hilary Strong, Managing Director of Acorn Productions, added: “It is the combination of great writing, exceptional acting and an extraordinary eye for detail that makes Foyle’s War one of Acorn’s most respected properties. We are thrilled to be working again with Eleventh Hour Films and ITV following the success of the last series, which continues to sell successfully around the world.”