Category Archives: TV












Difficult to say who’s more in the right in this showdown (maybe a special marriage counsel should be appointed for Richard and Anna), but when Michael Kitchen delivers a speech, it’s impossible not to be swayed towards his character’s point of view. And this is a doozy of a speech. Lovely to see Richard Crane finally become a father in Reckless: The Sequel. That child will surely be spoiled rotten.


Like an Old Married Couple according to the amusing TV Tropes page on Brian Pern.

Is there a show that’s not on TV Tropes? I even found Cable Girls, the escapist eye candy from Netflix that I’m rather enjoying at the moment.



Jack’s absence doesn’t cause St. Victor’s to fall apart, but ransomware probably would. I hope all UK hospitals and other victims of today’s malicious cyber attack are able to resume normal operations soon.



Just finished reading Robert Harris’s novel, An Officer and a Spy, about the astounding Dreyfus affair and can’t help thinking that I’m living through a similar abuse of power at the highest levels of government. We need the equivalent of a Colonel Picquart to expose the corruption and lies. Two other bestsellers authored by Harris, Fatherland and Archangel, are familiar to fans of Michael Kitchen. If only the Trump presidency were like the Nazi regime in Fatherland — alternate history fiction.




Much of France has something else to celebrate today.


I could have used a handyman and/or a tall, sturdy ladder today.


“Situation in which opposed parties maintain a tense, contentious relationship.”

Seems to be the case more often than not these days.


In The War That Never Ends (1991), a minimalist BBC dramatization of the speeches and dialogue that triggered the events of the Peloponnesian War,  Michael Kitchen plays the 2nd Athenian Representative alongside Stephen Moore (Sam’s father).  Broadcast in the UK five days before the start of the Gulf War and in the US during the Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict, the play showed the parallels between present-day diplomatic maneuverings and those of the ancient Greeks that led to the destruction of the Athenian Empire.  Worth checking out on YouTube if only for the parade of veteran British actors delivering their lines with such skill — and to see MK expertly raise one eyebrow.

Also drawing on history for comparison, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen’s latest is a fascinating piece on Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

Coincidentally, NPR referred to both the Peloponnesian War and WWI in its discussion this morning on the risk of accidental war posed by the “Thucydides trap”.





With news of the new spending bill, my day is going a lot better than Foyle’s.


Nice overhead shot of Foyle/Michael Kitchen seated with an open leg cross, a departure from his customary leg cross:

How should men cross their legs? The J Norman Post lifestyle guide answered the question — back when the POTUS was a man of respect and a model of propriety befitting the office he was holding.


Martin maniacally seizes upon the goals of the National Front to a degree that’s too extreme even for Tom Bates.

How far are today’s resurgent right wing and its supporters willing to go?


I wonder what the winning caption for this photo was: