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Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Julian Ovenden: Jeremy Silberston: behind the scenes 1Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Julian Ovenden: Jeremy Silberston: behind the scenes 2

National Tell a Joke Day

Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Julian Ovenden: Jeremy Silberston: behind the scenes 3Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Julian Ovenden: Jeremy Silberston: behind the scenes 4

This is too cruel, Acorn DVD, to show Michael Kitchen telling an uproariously funny joke on the set of Enemy Fire without letting us in on it! (Clips are from “The Making of Foyle’s War, Part 1”.)

(How sad that director Jeremy Silberston passed away barely two years after these joyful moments of him here with the cast were captured on film.)

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Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: questioning Turner 1
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I love watching Foyle when he’s questioning someone who’s clearly evading the truth, lying through his teeth, and hiding criminal activity – someone like any given member of the Trumplican party.


I wonder what John did to merit a handwritten note from Michael Kitchen! Now listed on eBay. I didn’t know writing was a hobby of his, unless it refers to writing music.


Chancer: sweaty Michael Kitchen 1Chancer: sweaty Michael Kitchen 2

Can’t believe it’s as hot today in London as it is here at home.


Foyle's War: All Clear: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: VE Day 1Foyle's War: All Clear: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: VE Day 2
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Foyle and Sam listen to Churchill’s announcement of Germany’s surrender.

Watched Darkest Hour on the flight home and felt like watching this FW scene as a bookend to the film.


Wonderful to listen to Michael Kitchen as Mercutio in the British Library’s Reading Room today. I’ve never heard such marvelously rolled R’s and guttural line delivery from him, which combined with stage antics I can only imagine, made him an obvious audience favorite. And what a hoot to hear pulsing sax- and electric guitar-infused rock as the incidental music throughout the play.

While the British Library recordings were a feast for my ears, visiting the National Theatre Archive was a feast for my eyes. It was a thrill to delve into all the rehearsal and production photographs of Michael Kitchen, many of which I’d not seen before. So glad I was able to have copies made of some of my favorites to take home with me and add to my MK smiles collection.


“Where Michael at?” asks my daughter facetiously while enjoying cream tea at The Salt Cellar after a walking tour of Shaftesbury. Unfortunately, he was nowhere we were at this World Emoji Day. 😥


Losing myself in the wonders of Blu-Ray.

Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Foyle visits victim of hate crime


Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder: Michael Kitchen: Michael Simkins: golf with Hugh 1Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder: Michael Kitchen: Michael Simkins: golf with Hugh 2
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Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder: Michael Kitchen: playing golf

Foyle’s also a bad golfer. I think it’s a wonderful game but it’s very time consuming. My eldest and I play once a year and we’ve never had enough balls to get round!

– Michael Kitchen, “Who is Christopher Foyle”, Masterpiece Mystery


Stress reliever:

Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: Naomi Frederick: Anne visits Foyle 1Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: Naomi Frederick: Anne visits Foyle 2
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From an interview with Naomi Frederick published in Performing Women: Stand-Ups, Strumpets and Itinerants:

The last television role, where I played a Wren, was in one of the Foyle’s War episodes. The writing in that series is strong and there’s also a lovely historical element, which gives it immediately another layer of interest. I enjoyed the writing in that, which made the role worthwhile.

This scene alone would have made the role worthwhile for me.


Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Roger Allam: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam is pinched 1Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Roger Allam: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam is pinched 2
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Too bad Roger Allam and Michael Kitchen didn’t have any scenes together in Eagle Day.

My favorite lines from The Guardian‘s Q&A with Allam:

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Donald Trump for lying and introducing such potentially dangerous chaos to the world.


Foyle's War: Broken Souls: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Anthony Howell: Jay Simpson: donation to refugees 1Foyle's War: Broken Souls: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Anthony Howell: Jay Simpson: donation to refugees 2
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“A donation, perhaps? One of the refugee funds?”

“Yes, sir. Good idea.”


Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 1Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 2
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George Briggs’s story of the oleander tree on International Picnic Day.


Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder: Michael Kitchen: Ian Puleston-Davies: Operation Pied Piper 1
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A harrowing separation that no parent or child should have to suffer, but at least one could argue that Operation Pied Piper was carried out with the intent of protecting the welfare of children during a desperate time of war. No such argument can be made about the current Trump administration border policy.


Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: Julian Ovenden: Andrew wakes Foyle 1Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: Julian Ovenden: Andrew wakes Foyle 2
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Andrew’s unexpected early morning arrival brings Foyle downstairs to the kitchen in his pajamas.

“Hello, Dad.”



Foyle's War: Killing Time: Michael Kitchen: Let's hope so.


Glad to know Michael Kitchen is enjoying this Spring bank holiday weekend in Poole Harbour – doing some sailing presumably in addition to browsing books. Wish I were there in the beautiful weather taking in the magnificent sights.
The market day donation to Bowel Cancer UK was made in honor of powerboat racer and sailing enthusiast, Robin Culpan. Michael Kitchen attended Culpan’s memorial on January 11 and opened the service with a reading of John Masefield’s
Sea Fever“.


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Having failed to receive service in their train’s dining car, Frau Messner and Peter go in search of a meal in Frankfurt.

Since mine own doors refuse to entertain me,
I’ll knock elsewhere, to see if they’ll disdain me.
The Comedy of Errors


Published last month in Old Wyves’ Tales are excerpts from the memoirs of Chris Lowe, the head of English at City of Leicester Boys Grammar School while Michael Kitchen was in attendance:

I suppose my most famous pupil was Michael Kitchen, who became a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the seventies and eventually starred in the TV series Foyle’s War. He was a marvellous actor even at school, and a natural for RADA where he went at eighteen. His style was, and is, to play himself then subtly transmogify [sic] that into the character he was playing. It is very understated, but brilliantly done. One day Mary (Presumably Mrs Lowe?) and I took the fourteen-year-old Michael to the RSC costume department in Stratford On Avon to choose a pile of Shakespearean costumes for the school play. I don’t suppose it had any dramatic effect on him, but it did to us! We have followed Michael’s career with great interest and he was kind enough to meet your daddy, Simon, backstage at the National Theatre when he was but a slip of a teenager.



Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 1Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 2
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Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;
And being once subdued in armed tail,
Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.
Troilus and Cressida

In her first credited role, Emily Blunt got to act opposite Michael Kitchen and wear a nifty beekeeper’s outfit. Amazing that the real experts in beekeeping require little in the way of protective wear, even when dealing with a swarm of 40,000 bees.