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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

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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.


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.


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.”


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.


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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



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.


May the royal newlyweds enjoy a marriage as long and happy as William and Philippa’s.


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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: reacting to judge's verdict

At the alarming rate that far-right judges are being appointed to lower-court benches, it won’t be long before we lose a vital bastion against Trumpism.

From The New Yorker:

McConnell didn’t just protect a Supreme Court seat for the next President; he basically shut down the entire confirmation process for all of Obama’s federal-judgeship nominees for more than a year. It’s the vacancies that accumulated during this time — more than a hundred of them — that Trump’s team is now working efficiently to fill.

Fuming after reading about the latest developments. The two parties are not the same!


The Browning Version: Michael Kitchen: teacher appreciation 1
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Why didn’t any of my teachers look (and talk) like Michael Kitchen in The Browning Version?

It’s a lovely thought, but I’m sure I’d have been so mesmerised by all that charm that I wouldn’t have learned a thing. Wouldn’t have minded being Teacher’s pet, though. – anonymous


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen closeup
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen sidelong glance

…the devil hath power. To assume a pleasing shape. – Hamlet

A devil incarnate, in the form of an angel. Those eyes! And bless that hair. Let’s face it we all had rubbish hair in the 70’s (well if you had been born then of course). It was a pre-requisite of the times.  – steviecat123





Once a place of opportunity where men like Sir Helmsley’s son, Guy, could fulfill their dreams, Cape Town today faces a future threatened by looming water shortages. Dreams have been turning into nightmares for residents, Rosa Lyster writes in her recent New Yorker essay, “Coming to Terms with a Life without Water“, and she goes on to lament that words like “agualation” have entered our vocabulary as the effects of climate change become increasingly evident.

My troublous dreams this night doth make me sad.
King Lear