World War II police drama Foyle & # 39; s War top list of 21st Century TV shows that Britons want to see back on screen, before Downton Abbey, Life on Mars and Spooks
Foyle & # 39; s War has been chosen as viewers of the 21st century who want to return to our screens
Faced with murder and profit on the home front, TV viewers could rely on DCS Foyle to put things right.
Now they have named Foyle & # 39; s War as the 21st century show that they would like to return to our screens.
The World War II ITV detection drama played Michael Kitchen as Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle and Honeysuckle Weeks as his resourceful driver Samantha.
Written by Anthony Horowitz, it was first broadcast in 2002 and ran until 2007 as a spiritual successor to the Inspector Morse series.
It returned for a further three series between 2010 and 2015 and brought the story after the war to criminal intrigues from the Cold War.
In a poll for Radio Times, it was named as the show of this century that viewers would prefer to see again, followed by police drama The Bill, which ran from 1984 to 2010, and comedy Count Arthur Strong (2013 to 2017).
Other shows that were in the top ten were Spooks, Home Fires, Life On Mars, Detectorists, Downton Abbey, Phoenix Nights and Happy Valley.
Horowitz told the latest issue of the magazine: & # 39; I am really happy to think that Radio Times readers still hold it so highly.
& # 39; It reminds me that ITV decided years ago to bite the show – we missed it all through 1944 – and it was only thanks to pressure from viewers that they were persuaded to change their mind.
Other shows that have achieved the top ten include Spooks, Home Fires, Life On Mars, Detectorists, Downton Abbey, Phoenix Nights and Happy Valley
& # 39; The repetitions still get high ratings. I would definitely like a Christmas special or two. There is still something to miss that year! Foyle & # 39; s War was a passion project for me and I miss it to this day. & # 39; Another ITV drama, the long-running police soap The Bill, came second in the poll.
Originally broadcast in 1984, the Sun Hill drama ran 26 years before it ended in 2010.
BBC1 spy drama Spooks, broadcast between 2002 and 2011, came fourth in the poll.
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