May 8, 2010

THE LOSING OF WWII:

PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery Deals with Communist Atrocity and UK, US Complicity: The long-running Foyle's War series establishes a foothold on the eastern front. (S. T. Karnick, May 8, 2010, PJM)

This week’s season premiere episode of the PBS drama series Masterpiece Mystery brought two very happy things. One, the return of the series Foyle’s War for a seventh season is quite welcome. Starring Michael Kitchen as Inspector Christopher Foyle, the chief police detective in a coastal English town during and after World War II, the series includes good mystery puzzles while taking quite seriously the moral implications of all of its characters’ actions.

The second good thing was the nature of the season premiere episode. “The Russian House” dealt with a very serious moral and political issue and foregrounded an atrocity committed by the Soviet Union with British complicity at the end of World War II. The brutal nature of the Soviet Communist regime is quite apparent in the episode. (The show can be found in repeats on local stations and will be viewable on the PBS Masterpiece website.)

For progressive-leaning PBS to broadcast such a program is rather uncommon and a nice change.


As Friend Ed Driscoll points out, this fictional entree to the topic is similar to Robert Harris's Enigma.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2010 8:31 AM
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