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A shocking scene in its day, but how much more revolting to see a real-life lecher “leading a prayer” in the Oval Office today.

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Foyle's War: A War of Nerves: Michael Kitchen: Peter Capaldi: lunch 1Foyle's War: A War of Nerves: Michael Kitchen: Peter Capaldi: lunch 2
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When Raymond Carter grows testy, Foyle tactfully cuts short his lunch with the communist agitator.

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Foyle's War: Among the Few: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam stuck with bomb 1Foyle's War: Among the Few: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam stuck with bomb 2
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Foyle’s directions to Sam for protecting herself against a bomb blast are considerably more useful than the tips disseminated by the U.S. government ten years later:

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Enjoyed this beautiful Earth Day weekend by climbing to my nearest edge of the world overlooking the Shenandoah Valley.

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The uncertain glory of an April day. – The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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(Location: St. James Garden/Cemetery, Liverpool, UK, April 2014)

Really couldn’t have asked for a better final scene between Foyle and Sam. Almost as good as their first scene together.

…an ending that is genuinely tender and touching and moving – in a thoroughly buttoned-up, British, 1940s kind of way, of course. “I’d really like it if you’d be the godfather,” Sam tells Foyle (she’s PWP, pregnant without permission). “Honoured.” “Thank you.” “Pleasure.” And a kiss, the first and last. – The Guardian

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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: riding in car with Devlin
Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring: Michael Kitchen: riding in car with Hilda

The questionable professional ethics of Foyle’s ride companions are on his mind while they zip through the pastoral surroundings of Hastings in War Games and the austere streets of London in The Eternity Ring. Professional ethics certainly don’t concern Trump and his appointees as they daily violate with little repercussion the rules and laws governing their offices.

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Abridged and unabridged audiobook editions released in 1997. Robert Goddard is such a good writer that I wouldn’t want to miss a single word, especially when the words are read by Michael Kitchen. But it would be interesting to listen to Martin Shaw’s narration for comparison.

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Monday Motivation.





By all appearances Foyle is in an unusually forgiving mood when he’s allowed to return to the office, flashing the most genial of smiles at Collier, who thinks he’s gotten away with murder. Foyle soon dispels the illusion, his knowing smiles disappearing as he reveals the full extent of Collier’s crimes and the motivation behind them.

Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: listening to Collier

One aspect of Foyle’s War I’ve always admired is the coherence of the culprits’ motives. No obsessive lovers or crazed lunatics killing by reason of insanity on Foyle’s patch, thank goodness.

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Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. – Hamlet

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Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: Andrew is wounded

Concern and relief.

Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: Andrew is wounded

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No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: I don't usually talk.No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: Normally I keep quiet.
No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: I know what it is.No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: That's what it must be.

From Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters a note from the actor written during the U.S. tour of No Man’s Land in 1976:

The Pinter play is a huge success, thank God, and we have packed houses and a throng of people coming round after every performance. So I feel we are very lucky indeed, though the previous month in Washington was rather a bind, too big a theatre and a sticky lot to play to.

I once saw a musical at the Kennedy Center and agree with JG that the venue is way too big for musicals and plays. I imagine for much of the audience in the theater, it would have been hard to clearly see and hear the cast of No Man’s Land. Reading about the mad stampede last month for tickets to the upcoming run of Hamilton in D.C., I wonder how many of those who managed to get a ticket will be similarly disappointed by their experience at the KC this summer.

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Fierce.

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Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
And leave no memory of what it was!
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Maltese Tony takes out an unconventional loan.


Willesden Junction according to this tweet. Always fun to learn the location where a scene was filmed.

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Autographed photo and letter from Michael Kitchen along with script for Reckless.

From the eBay listing:

…they are all from the same source – a gentlemen who bought them at a charity auction – I have the covering letter from the school for autism that held the charity auction after they sourced the original autograph. The date was 1998.

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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen quick smile 

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Turns out Howard Paige and Rex Talbot are both alive and well, hanging out together at an after-party, safe in the knowledge that they’ll never bump into Foyle there.

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Finished listening to The Great Train Robbery today. One of my favorite movies is now one of my favorite audiobooks as well. Michael Kitchen’s expert narration gave distinct voice to each of the characters in the large cast, vividly bringing the personalities to life. Loved all of the additional historical background provided in the book. And the exposition on the physics pertaining to a moving train made Pierce’s feat of traversing the train cars all the more thrilling and amazing.

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Newly listed on eBay, the program for the National Theatre’s production of No Man’s Land at the Lyttelton Theatre which ran from January 20 – February 24, 1977 with Michael Kitchen in the cast.

As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well-graced actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious;
Richard II

Perhaps the case for some supporting actors but not for Michael Kitchen, who would have beguiled even if both Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud had left the stage.

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Trying to enjoy National Puppy Day on a day when terrifying hawks are foremost on my mind.




Viv finds a stray puppy at her door, and who can resist a puppy?

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